This week’s Watch covers news on four of the Star Trek captains and makes you ask the questions: Will William Shatner be back as Denny Crane? Will Patrick Stewart be nominated for a Tony Award? Does Avery Brooks exaggerate? And what happened to Kate Mulgrew’s family emergency? Plus, we have news on the two Koenigs, Crosby, Auberjonois, Cho on SARS, and more!
Save Boston Legal!
Boston Legal, the ABC series starring William Shatner (he who was
Kirk) as Denny Crane, topped USA Today’s 11th annual Save Our Show poll. The show begins airing the last two episodes of its fourth season next Wednesday and it is currently up in the air as to whether or not the show would be back for a fifth season. In other Shatner/Boston Legal, the Shat-man made an appearance at ION Television’s presentation at the New York Public Library tonight where the network unveiled their fall 2008 program schedule, which includes reruns of Boston Legal. (Variety)
The Shat (with ION Chairman/CEO Brandon Burgess)
Oh, and one more piece of Shat news: the box art for the TekWar DVD set has been updated to show Shatner and his fellow cast members on the front. (TV Shows on DVD)
Stewart eligible for a Tony + Whoopi to host
Life must be great for Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) right now – he’s starring in a hit Broadway play (that being Macbeth, duh!) and he’s winning all sorts of awards and nominations for his performance. One trophy he might be adding to his collection is a Tony Award. Playbill reports that Stewart is eligible for a Tony Award nomination in the Leading Actor category for Macbeth. One would think given all the accolades Stewart has been receiving that a Tony nomination would be a sure thing, but the Tonys rarely give props to Shakespeare. Here’s hoping that changes; the final nominees will be announced May 13th. In the meantime, Stewart’s TNG co-star Whoopi Goldberg (Guinan) announced on The View today that she will be hosting the Tony Awards ceremony on June 15th. On, by the way, Stewart attended the Actors’ Fund 2008 Gala on May 5th (see image below) and he’ll also be co-chairing the Drama League Awards on May 16th (where he’s also nominated).
Stewart (and guest) at Actors’ Fund 2008 Gala, May 5, 2008 in NYC
Avery Brooks… exaggerates?
Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko) hosted a jazz concert at the Rose Hall on Broadway, and this is what The New York Sun had to say about it:
Apart from the guitarists, much of the flavor of the evening was supplied by the host, Avery Brooks, who narrated in stentorian tones that were equal parts Henry V, Jesse Jackson, and Commander Sisko (of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” in case you don’t want to admit that you know that). Mr. Brooks’s increasingly exaggerated but still welcome voice-overs lent the evening the quality of a Ken Burns documentary re-enacted in person.
Exaggerated? Who are they calling exaggerated?! It was real, I tell you…REALLLL!
Mulgrew sees ‘Top Girls’ + convention appearances
Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway) was spotted at the Broadway opening night of Top Girls at the Baltimore Theatre on May 7th. Apparently whatever “dire family emergency” that caused her to withdraw from a play has been resolved. (By the way, Enterprise guest actor Keith Carradine was also there. Just thought ya’ll would like to know that.)
Kate Mulgrew attending the “Top Girls” Broadway opening night: no more family emergency?
In other Kate news, Voyager‘s former captain will be heading to both LA’s Creation Convention and Atlanta’s Dragon*Con in August, according to her official site.
Takei talks Trek’s influence on change
George Takei (Sulu) tells CinemaSpy that Star Trek part of the reason we may soon have a female or a black president.
I think Star Trek has played a part in the broadening of people’s thinking. Who would have thought that a woman and an African-American [would be] the two leading candidates for the Democratic nomination? It’s an amazing phenomenon and I think it’s a real commentary about the dynamism of the American democratic process. I am a supporter of Hillary Clinton but whoever gets the nomination, I can easily support that candidate. On issues, essentially they are very similar. I think it’s the slight nuanced differences and the fact that one’s a woman and one’s an African-American man that is bringing support for one candidate or the other … I am absolutely delighted.
One Koenig going to TrekFest; another to be sentenced
Walter Koenig (Chekov) will be a guest at this year’s Trek Fest in Riverside, Iowa (supposed future birthplace of James T. Kirk), which will be held on June 27th & 28th. He will also act as Grand Marshall for the town’s parade and will be judging a costume contest and signing autographs. PRWeb) In the meantime, Walter’s son, actor/editor/activist Andrew Koenig (who appeared on DS9), was found guilty on Tuesday for disrupting a public event and will be sentenced Friday (May 9th). If you remember, Koenig protested China at the Rose Parade a while back; apparently that’s against some law or other, so don’t do it. Koenig faces a fine up to $100. Wow, those judges mean business. (Pasadena Weekly)
Andrew Koenig takes a stand
Nichols heading to ECBACC
Nichelle Nichols will be this year’s Guest of Honor at the 7th Annual East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) in Philadelphia on May 17th, according to ComicSpace. Nichols will also receive the event’s Pioneer Award. In more Nichols news, the latest Star Trek: Of Gods and Men newsletter announced that Nichelle will personally appear at screenings of her film Lady Magdalene’s at the Fine Arts Theatre in Beverly Hills this September; check out the link for exact dates and need-to-know stuff like that.
Crosby on the stage & on Mad Men
Actress Denise Crosby (Tasha Yar & Sela) participated in a staged reading of Mothers and Others on Autism at Barnsdale Gallery Theatre on May 3rd, as did DS9 guest star Vanessa Williams and VOY guest star Scott Lawrence. (TheaterMania). Also, Crosby is heading to New York next week for a workshop production of the play Epitaph for John Dylan, according to a message left on her official website. The play will run June 2-15 at the 45th Street Theater in NYC, and the aim is to bring the play to Off-Broadway. In addition, Crosby has a recurring role as “Gertie” on the AMC series Mad Men, which
starts its second season this July, so be on the lookout for that.
Rene’s in rehearsals + taking a cruise with Neelix
Rene Auberjonois (Odo) has begun rehearsals for his performance as The Imaginary Invalid, which is scheduled to run from June 10th through July 27th at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC. In addition, Rene and his friend (and Star Trek: Voyager star) Ethan Phillips (Neelix) will be the main guests on CruiseTrek 2008: The Blue Danube, which happens this November. This is all according to Rene’s Page, so if it’s wrong, blame them, not us. :)
Nemesis scribe getting Bioshocked
Variety is reporting that Star Trek Nemesis writer John Logan has been tapped to pen the screenplay for a feature film adaptation of the popular video game, Bioshock. Gore Verbinski, the director of all three Pirates of the Caribbean movies, will be directing the film. Cool, yes?
John Cho…the asian guy
Old news, but new Sulu actor John Cho (and his Harold & Kumar co-star Kal Penn) were on Leno about, oh, three weeks ago where he talked about Star Trek. when Leno (who obviously doesn’t read TrekMovie.com) asked what role Cho plays, Cho clues him in…
- LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge)’s film, Reach for Me, was screened at The Landmark in Los Angeles on May 5th. (MarketWire)
- Brent Spiner (Data)’s CD, Dreamland, is now available on Amazon.
- Alexander Siddig (Dr. Julian Bashir) joins an already impressive guest list for Creaton’s 2008 Convention; he is tentatively scheduled to appear on August 9th. (SidCity)
- Ethan Phillips (Neelix) can be seen in the film The Babysitters, which opens in NYC on May 9th. See the official site for more info.
- Clifton Collins, Jr. (Ayel in 2009’s Star Trek) will be starring in an episode of the upcoming anthology series Fear Itself. (Chicago Tribune)
- Alfre Woodard (Lily Sloan in Star Trek: First Contact) talks about life in Hollywood in an interview with Boston University.
- TNG cameo-maker Bebe Neuwirth will make her cabaret debut at Feinstein’s nightclub in New York in late May in a show called “Stories with Piano.” (Broadway World)
- Kirstie Alley (the first Saavik) has joined the cast of David O. Russell’s romantic comedy Nailed. I wonder if Russell will flip out on Alley like he did Lily Tomlin… (Reuters)
- There’s an interview with Leonard Mlodinow, co-writer of TNG’s “The Drumhead,” at The Wall Street Journal blog.
- There’s an interview with Marina Sirtis’ Star Trek Generations stunt double, Rosine Hatem, over at Boston.com.
- As if you needed another reason to watch Battlestar Galactica, Nana Visitor (DS9’s Kira Nerys) makes her debut on the show in this week’s episode. Don’t miss it!
Happy birthday, Marc & Salome
Among the trek celebrities who celebrated their birthdays this week are recurring DS9 actors Marc Alaimo (Gul Dukat) and Salome Jens (Female Changeling). Alaimo turned 66 on May 5th; Jens turned 73 on May 8th. TrekMovie.com wishes them a happy birthday, along with all the others celebrating this week…
- Tom Bergeron (53) – Dancing with the Stars host cameoed in two episodes of ENT
- Theodore Bikel (84) – played Worf’s adoptive father, Sergei Rozhenko, in TNG’s “Family”
- Richard Cox (60) – played Kyril Finn in TNG’s “The High Ground”
- John Fleck (57) – played many characters, most notably Silik on Enterprise
- Gregg Henry (56) – appeared in Star Trek: Insurrection and ENT’s “Dawn”
- Marva Hicks (33) – played Tuvok’s wife, T’Pel, in two episodes of VOY
- Leslie Hope (43) – played Kira Meru (Kira Nerys’ mom) in DS9’s “Wrongs Darker Than Death or Night”
- Jon Rashad Kamal (73) – Cmdr. Sonak in Star Trek: The Motion Picture
- Jordan Lund (51) – appeared on TNG, DS9 & ENT
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (36) – Seven of Nine smelled what the Rock was cooking in VOY’s “Tsunkatse”
- Don Marshall (72) – played Lt. Boma in TOS episode “The Galileo Seven”
- John Neville (83) – cameoed as Sir Isaac Newton in TNG’s “Descent”
- John Rhys-Davies (64) – before he was Gimli he was Leonardo da Vinci in two episodes of VOY
- Brian Tochi (49) – appeared in TOS’ “And the Children Shall Lead” and TNG’s “Night Terrors”