Jolene Blalock, Star Trek Enterprise’s T’Pol, is returning to TV in a recurring role on the syndicated fantasy show Legend of the Seeker. The actress begins shooting this week, more details below. Plus we catch up on more Star Trek celebrity news, with interviews and the latest from Patrick Stewart, George Takei, Kate Mulgrew, Alexander Siidig, William Shatner and more.
Today is the birthday of Star Trek Enterprise’s Captain Archer, Scott Bakula. The actor is 55 years young. Since leaving the 22nd century in 2005 the actor has kept busy, including working on the stage, TV, and film and he even has a new TV show coming in December (Men of a Certain Age). We also are extending a belated birthday greeting to Avery Brooks, Captain Sisko of Deep Space Nine.
Tonight Leonard Nimoy returns to Fringe as William Bell in the episode "Momentum Deferred" (FOX: 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Today FOX released a transcript with this week’s conference call with Nimoy, where he talks about the role and also his other JJ Abrams collaboration, Star Trek. We have some of the more interesting excerpts below, plus a special video all about William Bell.
Tomorrow night Leonard Nimoy returns to television for his second appearance on the FOX show Fringe, the show created by the Star Trek team of JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. We have more details, a first look, a promo video and some excerpts with a new interview by the actor below.
In the early 1970s Gene Roddenberry developed a number of sci-fi TV series to be his big follow-up for Star Trek, but none of them got past the pilot/TV movie stage. Next week Warner Bros will be releasing two of them on DVD for the first time: Genesis II and Planet Earth. We have details and clips below
Today we have another item to file under projects JJ Abrams is working on besides the new Star Trek movie. News broke this morning that Abrams is returning to Alias territory, as a number of networks are in a bidding war to pick up a new spy series produced by Abrams. More details below. [UPDATE: NBC wins bid war]
Scott Bakula, Captain Jonathan Archer on Star Trek: Enterprise, is out promoting his role in the new movie The Informant!, and in a new extensive interview he gets into what effect being part of Star Trek and Quantum Leap has had on his life, excerpts below. Bakula also says that he expects that he would not be involved in any future version of Quantum Leap. And in a separate video interview, Bakula talks about Quantum Leap, Chuck and more, including the Enterprise reference in the new Star Trek movie.
[UPDATED] The team behind the new Star Trek continue to be hot commodities in Hollywood. Today it was just announced that JJ Abrams is producing a new medical comedy pilot for FOX. Plus it was also announced that Bob Orci and Alex Kurtzman are in talks to produce a new zombie movie based on a comic book. Details below, plus we also have video of a brief video where JJ talks about viral marketing of Trek and other projects.
In July when the nominations for the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced, they contained quite a few veterans of Star Trek from the original series to the new feature film, including William Shatner and JJ Abrams. But tonight it was a total shut-out for Trek vets, without a single one walking home with a trophy. And it wasn’t much better at last week’s creative arts ceremony. Details below.
This weekend Scot Bakula, Star Trek Enterprise’s Capt. Archer, is back in the big screen, co-starring with Matt Damon in The Informant!. The actor has been out promoting the movie and we have video of his TV appearance this morning and more. In other Bakula updates, we have a preview of his upcoming TNT show Men of a Certain Age, plus Scott talking about a return to Quantum Leap.
A year ago yesterday George Takei married his long-time partner Brad Altman, which apparently still qualifies him as a ‘newlyweds’ as a celebrity contestant (with Brad) on the new The Newlywed Game . Details on that below, plus a new 1 year anniversary video interview with the pair and more, including news of Takei playing the Emperor of China in an upcoming British ‘panto’.
More video is now available from last weekend’s Dragon*Con in Atlanta. Below is much more showing Patrick Stewarts two appearances, plus an additional appearance from Leonard Nimoy, full video of the Phase II panel, clips from the Trek ‘guest stars panel’, an interview with William Shatner and also video of Trekkies in the big parade.
Tonight a couple of Trek vets will be gracing your TV screens. Star Trek Voyager’s 7 of 9 starts her recurring role on TNT’s Leverage, while George Takei, the original Sulu, will be appearing in a parody skit on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live we have details and images from both below.
It was just a couple of weeks ago that Star Trek The Next Generation’s Wil Wheaton appeared on the Trek-referencing show Leverage, and now comes news he is headed to geek-friendly territory of The Big Bang Theory. We have sketchy details below, plus all the latest from Wil.
This morning DragonCon kicked off in Altanta, and the first event in the impressive Star Trek schedule was an appearance by the original Kirk and Spock, William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Reports are coming in apparently the new Star Trek movie was the focus for the pair speaking to a crowd of over 2000. We have a summary and some video below.
Star Trek’s new Spock, Zachary Quinto, just released a new comedy short film online at FunnyOrDie.com. Called "Hostage: A Love Story", Zach stars as a gunman who takes a hostage, only to have her take his heart. Watch it below.
Reading Rainbow, the PBS children’s show that Star Trek The Next Generation’s LeVar Burton hosted since 1983, airs for the last time today. The show that won two dozen Emmys will end up being the third longest series in PBS history.
Before the day is over, TrekMovie wants to make sure we give a shout out to the new Captain Kirk and wish him a happy birthday. Chris Pine turns 29 today. In other Pine related news we have a quick update on the release of his next movie Carriers, coming out next weekend.
TNT’s heist show Leverage is no stranger to Star Trek, earlier this year TrekMovie talked to Jonathan Frakes about an episode he directed with some Trek vet guest stars. The show also makes regular Star Trek references. This week it has both, with Wil Wheaton coming on for a guest spot. TrekMovie participated in a conference call and talked to the actor about what it was like playing a geek on Leverage (big stretch!).
The last few days have been a flurry activity for some of the Star Trek celebrities, starting off with Simon Pegg tapped to star in the next John Landis movie. We also check in on the latest projects and appearances for Leonard Nimoy, Levar Burton, and Anton Yelchin. So dive into the celeb pool.
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.
Karl Urban is going from Bones to Bloodsucker as he has just been cast as the villain in Screen Gem’s post-apocalyptic horror thriller Priest, where he will be playing the leader of a band of vampires. Details below, plus some video of Karl doing a hip hop dare, all in the name of charity.
Star Trek’s origininal Sulu, George Takei, is in Philladelphia today, promoting an event at the Star Trek: The Exhibition at the Franklin Institute, and he appeared on a local morning show to talk Trek history. While there, they ended up quizzing him on Star Trek sound effects, see the video below to find out how he did.
Another day and another accolade for a member of the new Star Trek team. This Friday Star Trek co-writer Roberto Orci is being honored by the Imagen Foundation at their 23rd annual awards honoring contributions of Latinos to the entertainment industry. Bob spoke to Variety about the honor, details below.
Celebrities, including many Trek celebrities, have got involved with many causes over the years, including getting behind saving endangered species. They even made a whole Trek movie about saving the whales! So it is with a grand tradition that the new Spock today stood up to save something that is truly in danger…video arcades
Today August 19th is a special day for Star Trek, as it is the birthday for Jonathan Frakes. Star Trek The Next Generation’s Cmdr. William Riker is 57 years young. Today would also have been the 88th birthday of the Great Bird of the Galaxy himself, Gene Roddenberry.
Autumn and Winter 2009 brings many great Star Trek events, including the release of the new movie on DVD, Blu Ray editions of past favorites, the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and of course conventions! TrekMovie provides you a guide to some of the events occurring between now and December 31, 2009.
2009 is certainly a year which has Star Trek on the ascendancy. In this week’s Great Links, we can see more and more examples of how people are out there showing their love for the final frontier. Up this week we have a big time director, beautiful women, and a new TV show, all showing their love. If only we can get Takei and Shatner to share the love (more on that below too).
Did you know that William Shatner’s favorite color is that of leaves changing? Truth. And while autumn is a month away, August’s return to school begins thoughts of the season. If the thought of "back to school" is depressing, then how about "Shat to school"? That’s right, the ShatWatch brings you the latest news on William Shatner and his own adventures sure to make you happy despite looming homework.
The Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas came to an end on Sunday, with the biggest stars of the original Kirk and Spock (William Shatner & Leonard Nimoy. plus the new new Spocks (Zachary Quinto and Jacob Kogan). And of course much of the talk was about the new movie, including an update on what Shatner thinks of it. We have a full detailed report with tons of pictures below.