No one spent more time with the Star Trek franchise than Rick Berman, who was a producer from the pilot of Next Generation through to the finale of Enterprise, overseeing the franchise for most of that time. In a (very) long 2006 interview now available online, Berman gives an oral history of his time on Trek and talks its rise, fall and rise again, as well as his legacy. You can watch it below and/or read some of the bullet-point highlights and key quotes.
The biggest fan run convention is DragonCon in Atlanta, and every Labor Day weekend they have an impressive dedicated ‘TrekTrak’. This year is no exception with a huge line-up of Trek celebs including William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Kate Mulgrew and Patrick Stewart. Plus there are a number of Trek related activities and panels and more celebs, details below.
Saturday at the Creation Star Trek Convention was just jammed pack with Star Trek celebrities. The day included a number of guest actors from the Star Trek feature films, including Christopher LLoyd, as well as stars from all eras of Trek, with George Takei, Linda Park and a whole panel of Voyager stars. We have the full breakdown below with pics, including a report from the evening events.
This weekend (kicking off with a preview tonight) is the annual San Diego Comic Con. Although there are no major Star Trek panels, Trek will still have a big presence at the show from the Paramount Home Entertainment Booth, to the other licensees (including some selling exclusives). There are also Trek celebrities showing up at booths and panels. We have all the details below.
This Fall Pocket Books has Star Trek novels spanning all the eras of Trek future history, from the 22nd century Romulan War, to the 23rd century Mirror Universe up through to the latest for the USS Voyager and USS Titan in the 24th century. Today TrekMovie has an exclusive first look at the covers and jacket copy for the Star Trek books coming out September – December 2009.
A week ago we previewed the fall wave of Star Trek movie from Playmates, but Diamond Select Toys is still coming up with new Star Trek figures and toys as well. Today we have the latest news from DST with some newly announced figures, some confirmed delivery dates and more.
Roddenberry Productions has just closed a deal with Toolbox Productions to to put together a new DVD set sourced from a library of 500 hours of unseen behind the scenes footage and interviews from the Star Trek: The Next Generation – Star Trek: Enterprise era. Details below.
It has been over four years since the last Star Trek Voyager novel set after the events of the series finale. This week, the Library Computer takes a look at Kirsten Beyer’s new “Voyager: Full Circle”. A 576 page brick, this novel is making up for a lot of lost time to truly take us ‘full circle’ to bring Voyager into alignment with the other TNG-era books. See our review below to find out if this brick can fly.
If you are a fan of Star Trek Voyager, you will want to pick up the new issue (#16) of the official Star Trek Magazine. There is an extensive set of articles and interviews looking back at Trek’s fourth series. We have extended interview excerpts below from Jeri Ryan (7of 9) and Robert Picardo (The Doctor), plus preview images from the issue.
The newest issue of Titan’s official Star Trek magazine, arriving on newsstands Feb. 10th, features an exclusive interview with Bruce Greenwood, Captain Christopher Pike in the new Star Trek. See below for an excerpt. Titan has also announced the availability of back issues of UK magazine Star Trek Monthly on CD-ROM and launched a new Facebook page. Details below.
Tonight five seasons of Stargate Atlantis comes to an end. Ushering in the finale as part of the SGA crew are Robert Picardo, veteran of seven seasons of Star Trek Voyager and Paul McGillion, who has a small role in the new Star Trek movie. TrekMovie decided to check in with both for exclusive interviews talking about the SGA finale and a little Trek as well.
In August Master Replicas released their new Star Trek V assault phaser (see review) and in a few weeks they debut their version of the Starfleet Mark IX Science Tricorder from Star Trek’s TNG era. If you want to know if it gets the right readings, check out our early review below.
Two out of three books of David Mack’s big "Destiny" crossover trilogy are in stores now and today Pocket Books has released an excerpt from the third book "Star Trek Destiny: Lost Souls." See below for the entire first chapter of this book due out next month.
Brannon Braga is headed back to sci-fi television. The co-creator of Enterprise, who has more Trek writing credits than anyone, has just sold a sci-fi pilot script to ABC. Co-written with David Goyer (Batman Begins), Flash Forward sparked a Hollywood bidding war and is being considered a companion show to JJ Abrams Lost.
Another veteran Trek writer/producer out promoting his new show is 2008 Emmy-nominee Bryan Fuller, who is the creator and show-runner for the quirky ABC hit Pushing Daises. In a new interview Fuller assessed the state of the Trek franchise and talked about how he would love to get another go at a Trek TV series..
Pocket Books has just release Star Trek 101: A Practical Guide to Who, What, Where, and Why, which is different than past ‘companion’ books and more of an ‘Idiots Guide to Star Trek.’ The question is, who is this book for. See our review below to find out.
The latest of the themed ‘Collective’ DVD sets coming from CBS Paramount arrives in stores today (Tuesday September 16th) and is focused on ‘Alternate Realties,’ and is chock full with 20 episodes spanning all five series along with some new special features, all for a street price of less than 30 bucks. See below for our review.
In three weeks the new Star Trek: Alternate Realities DVD Fan Collective gets released. The set gives you 20 episodes of Trek’s ‘alternate’ lives and universes, coming from all five series. It also contains an offer for a free Geordi action figure, and today TrekMovie is the first to reveal what that figure looks like.
The Sci-Fi Channel series Stargate Atlantis, which added Star Trek Voyager’s Robert Picardo as a series regular this season and features recurring roles for a number of other Trek alumni, will end its run after the current fifth season ends next January. But it isn’t all bad news for the SGA team as they will be back in a direct-to-DVD movie.
Robert Picardo spent seven years as the holographic Doctor on Star Trek Voyager. The part, which grew to be a breakout role on the show, is just one of many memorable roles for the veteran actor who will soon be seen as a regular on Stargate Atlantis which premieres its 5th season this week. In an exclusive interview with TrekMovie, Picardo talks about his roles on Voyager, Atlantis and more.
This week, the Library Computer continues its journey into the alternate history stories of the new Myriad Universes anthology with our second (of three) installments, a review of Christopher L. Bennett’s Places of Exile, a story that tells of everything that Star Trek Voyager could have been… and wasn’t. We also have an interview with Bennett and an exclusive excerpt.
Exit Patrick Stewart and enter Kate Mulgrew, look out New York another Star Trek captain is headed to Broadway. Today it was announced that Kate Mulgrew (Voyager – Capt. Janeway) has been cast in the Broadway revival of Equus which starts its 22 week run in September. Mulgrew is the first American cast for the US run, joining Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter series) and Richard Griffiths (History Boys) who are reprising their roles from the London run of the play.
In the second part of the exclusive TrekMovie.com interview with Ronald D. Moore [see part 1], we talk about how on TNG he railed against the Trek clichés, how on DS9 he and the team were given more latitude, how he wished it went differently with Voyager and how his time with Trek influenced his new show, Battlestar Galactica. [AUDIO + Transcript below]
This week there is a lot of new project news coming from producers who have worked on Trek. Star Trek director/producer JJ Abrams has bought the rights to make a movie about a ‘mysterious’ apartment. Voyager writer/producer Kenneth Biller has signed on to be the showrunner on a new fantasy TV series with Enterprise writer/producer Mike Sussman in talks to help out. And TNG/DS9 writer/producer Hans Beimler’s new show premiered last night.
In an interview with Logo networks After Elton blog, Star Trek Voyager writer/producer revealed that two gay characters were considered for the series, which would have been a Trek first. However Fuller, who is openly gay, actually didn’t support the idea because he felt the characters were ‘two dimensional.’
On Sunday Jeri Ryan, Voyager’s Seven of Nine, welcomed Gisele into the collective, her first child with restaurateur hubby Christophe Emé. A rep for Jeri tells People Magazine “Both parents are thrilled, Jeri is resting comfortably, and Christophe is playing the part of proud new papa quite well.” Gisele Emé weighs in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces and is Ryan’s second child, joining Alex (13), from her first marriage. Congrats Jeri!
Star Trek, Rescue 911, TekWar, and TJ Hooker are all shows where William Shatner was not able to break through the 100 episode barrier. Hopes were that he would finally do it with a fifth season of Boston Legal, but that is now in some doubt. Yesterday ABC announced pick-ups for their fall line-up and Shatner’s current series was not on the list. However, ABC will be bringing back Trek-related series Lost , Samantha, Who? and Pushing Daisies.
The SciFi Channel announced today that Robert Picardo, The Doctor from Star Trek Voyager, has been tapped as a full-time cast member for the 5th season of Stargate Atlantis. Picardo’s recurring character Richard Woolsey is stepping in as head of the Atlantis Expedition. SciFi also announced that former SGA cast member Paul McGillion (who has a small part in the new Star Trek film) will reprise his role as Carson Beckett for five episodes.
EXCLUSIVE: It has been almost seven years since Star Trek Voyager returned home and went off the air, but just recently Tim Russ (Tuvok) is having a bit of a Trek renaissance. He directed (and appears in) the new independent mini-series Of Gods and Men. Plus he has a starring role as Tuvok in the centerpiece multimedia experience for Star Trek The Tour. Russ talked to TrekMovie.com about his latest Trek work as well as some other projects going on for the busy actor/director.
Today the nominees for the 65th Annual Golden Globe Awards were announced as usual there are a few Trek connections. Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series for his role on Boston Legal. If he wins it will be his second Golden Globe. In addition, Star Trek Voyager writer/producer Bryan Fuller’s Pushing Daisies was nominated for Best Comedy or Musical TV Series. Fuller created Pushing Daisies and is executive producer; this is his first Globe nomination.