Another sitcom is looking to a Star Trek star to play himself. Star Trek: The Next Generation’s LeVar Burton revealed today he is currently shooting a guest spot playing himself on the NBC comedy Community. In addition, Burton has joined the cast of the drama Perception, from Trek vets Ken Biller and Mike Sussman. More info and pictures from both shoots below.
Burton to play self on Community
This year the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory has had Star Trek actors George Takei and Wil Wheaton do guest spots playing themselves. Now it seems the NBC sitcom Community is trying to catch up. For their Halloween special they had George Takei do a voice-over (take a listen), and today LeVar Burton announced he was shooting an upcoming episode Community by tweeting a picture of a Community call sheet, and the message "Back on the Paramount lot. On the set of…"
Burton was of course referring to returning to Paramount, where he spent many years shooting Star Trek: The Next Generation and the TNG movies. Burton later revealed who he would be playing by tweeting the following picture, with the comment "In this episode of @nbccommunity I play…"
Burton also tweeted a picture of himself with Community’s Donald Glover:
Burton joins Biller/Sussman "Perception" pilot
Speaking of what LeVar is up to, it was also revealed over the weekend that LeVar Burton shot a role for the pilot of the new TNT drama Perception. As TrekMovie previously reported, Perception is about eccentric university professor Dr. Geoffrey Pierce (played by Eric McCormack), an eccentric and brilliant neuropsychiatry professor who works with the FBI solve complex cases. The show was created by Star Trek writer/producer vets Mike Sussman and Ken Biller. Over the weekend Sussman tweeted a photo of Burton with Biller, shooting the Perception pilot in Toronto. Sussman revealed Burton will be playing a character named "Paul Haley", but no other details yet.