Chuck is taking the week off so Tony has a truncated Celeb Watch with George Takei singing country and killing a TV show, Patrick Stewart getting rave reviews and talking the end of TNG, Harold and Kumar 2 clips with John Cho, William Shatner giving Boston Legal spoilers, and new acting gigs for Kate Mulgrew and Marina Sirtis.
Takei Shows Hidden Talent – Show Gets Canceled
On Tuesday the latest CBS reality show, Secret Talents of the Stars, premiered on CBS to low ratings and even worse reviews. Things went so badly that CBS cancelled the show after just one episode. The ‘highlight’ of the show was George Takei singing a country song. Judge for yourself:
Stewart: Done with Trek, getting Broadway Raves
As reported earlier, Patrick Stewart opened on Broadway this week in Macbeth. In an interview promoting the show, Stewart told Time Out New York “I think everything to do with The Next Generation is now in the past.” But the actor readily admitted to the USA Today that his time with genre acting has helped bring people to the theater, saying “I like to think that Star Trek and X-Men have been partly responsible for helping to create a new audience.” The new play had previously got rave reviews and this latest run continues the trend. The New York Times calls his performance “thrilling,” the USA Today: “witty” and “nuanced,” Reuters: “fascinatingly complex,” and the LA Times: “mesmerizing.”
There is blood, but does he drink your milkshake?
Cho’s Harold & Kumar 2 is coming
John Cho’s Harold and Kumar Go To Guantanamo Bay comes out in two weeks. New Line held their press junket this week so expect Cho interviews (probably with requisite Trek questions) to pop up between now and then. E! filed a quick report from the junket saying that when Cho was asked if he got his (previously reported) wrist injury on Star Trek set, he joked “I was strangling Zachary Quinto.” Meanwhile New Line has set up a YouTube channel for clips and other promotional videos for the movie. Here is just one example:
Shatner’s Boston Legal is Back
Episodes for Boston Legal returned this week. There will be five more ‘post WGA strike’ episodes to finish out the 4th season. No word yet on if the show will be picked up for a 5th. Shatner will be promoting the return on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno this Friday. And in a new ShatnerVision from his BL dressing room The Shat talks a bit about upcoming episodes:
Phillips Talks Turkey
Stewart isn’t the only Trek vet on Broadway these days. Voyager’s Ethan Phillips is co-starring in the David Mamet political comedy November. The play focuses on a political scandal at the White House related to the annual pardoning of the Thanksgiving Turkey and Phillips plays ‘the Turkey Guy. The actor tells Playbill that there are usually Trekkies at the stage door and “it’s fun to chat with them for a second.” More on the play at the official site.
What do you mean you prefer Tuvix?
Mulgrew Goes Off Broadway
Kate Mulgrew is also headed to the New York stage in the off-Broadway production of Edward Albee’s The American Dream and The Sandbox. The show had been extended to May 17th and Mulgrew is stepping into the role of “Mommy” for the original actress who had another play to do. Kate’s first show is April 22nd, more info cherrylanetheatre.org. The day before opening night, on April 21st, Kate will be participating in ‘Project Shaw’, reading obscure plays from George Bernard Shaw. More info and tickets at projectshaw.com.
Just call me Mommy?
Sirtis admitted to Holby City
Marina Sirtis (TNG: Troi) has landed a gig on the BBC medical soap, Holby City. According to a release, Sirtis will appear as a shallow TV presenter. The plot has her refusing surgery because “it might ruin her good looks.”
Think she can she play vain?
- Duncan Regehr (DS9’s Shakaar Edon) has a new exhibition of his oil paintings in Vancouver .More info at the Petley Jones Gallery
- Academy Award-winning cinematographer Robert Elswit (Visual effects photographer on TMP) is profiled in a new article at CNN
- Inspirational Professor Randy Pausch (who landed a Star Trek cameo) was profiled on ABC’s Dateline on Wednesday. More info and vid clips at ABC
- Michael Giacchino’s (composer on JJ Abrams Star Trek) recent talk at LACMA will be broadcast on Sunday, April 13, at 9 p.m. on 89.3 KPCC-FM (and available as a podcast afterwards). Video will broadcast on L.A. cable channel 36 at 10 p.m. Tuesday April 15th.
- Brent Spiner spoke to the Reality Check podcast about his new album “Dreamland”. Listen to it at Sci-Fi London
In Memoriam: Stanley Kamel
Actor Stanley Kamel (Kosinski, TNG “Where No One Has Gone Before”) passed away Tuesday, at the age of 65. Variety reports that Kamel was found dead in his Hollywood home and the cause of death has not been released. Kamel had a prolific career, most recently appearing as a regular on the show Monk.
Kamel as Kosinski