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'Star Trek: Discovery' Adds Major Classic Character: Sarek

BREAKING: CBS All Access casts veteran actor James Frain for role

We have had a lot of characters announced for the new CBS All Access series Star Trek: Discovery that are quite new to us. But now it's time for someone much more familiar. You know, like Spock's father - Sarek. CBS announced Wednesday it had cast James Frain for the iconic role that was originated by Mark Lenard in the original series, and continued by Ben Cross in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek in 2009. Frain is a familiar face for any viewer who likes high-quality television. He had a seven-episode stint just last year on Orphan Black as Ferdinand Chevalier, and earlier Th ...
 | Jan-18-2017 | 
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Walter Koenig Heading Back To Original 'Star Trek' Set

OK, it's a replica ... but a darn good one.

James Cawley's replica of the original "Star Trek" sets is closed for the season. But when the Upstate New York attraction re-opens in the spring, it will be getting ready for a rather big VIP. Walter Koenig, who played Chekov in the original series, will make a visit to the former home of "Star Trek: New Voyages" in August, according to an announcement on the group's website. Cawley didn't provide many details about the visit, except that tickets for the weekend event will go on sale in February. He called it a ...
 | Jan-3-2017 | 
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For Two Days, There Was Star Trek, Alabama

Famous NASA-associated city celebrated franchise's 30th anniversary in 1996

What's in the name of a town? That's a great question, and judging by history, no town name is written in stone. Especially if there is a chance to put that town on a map. Probably one of the earliest examples of this is Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania. A town of less than 5,000 people north of Philadelphia, it was known as Mauch Chunk until the 1950s. While other towns, states and even countries are typically named after government leaders or war heroes, Jim Thorpe got its name simply by agreeing to build a monument and be the final resting place of famous athlete Jim Thorpe, who ha ...
 | Jul-27-2016 | 
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Lost Footage From Original 'Star Trek' Revealed

Blu-ray also will feature 12 classic episodes

Gene Roddenberry didn't like to throw things away. That might have meant a full closet in his bedroom, but it has become a treasure trove of material for Star Trek fans ... especially in time for the 50th anniversary of the franchise he created. CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution have joined with Roddenberry Entertainment to announce a new Blu-ray set coming later this year called "Star Trek: The Original Series - The Roddenberry Vault." The Blu-ray will contain bits and pieces of episodic footage that was left on the cutting room floor, and then s ...
 | Jul-23-2016 | 
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Emmy-Nominated Director To Helm Trek TV Premiere

David Semel is a television veteran, including 'American Horror Story'

Bryan Fuller isn't taking the route of some television pilots and premieres by bringing in some big-time movie director to set the pace. Instead, he has hired David Semel — a name you probably wouldn't recognize — to help lay the groundwork for the new Star Trek television series. Semel will direct the premiere, which is set to air on CBS in January. He's probably best known in the genre for his work on shows like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Roswell" and "American Horror Story." However, Semel likely caught Fuller's eye because he helmed the pilot of NBC's "Heroes" in 200 ...
 | Jul-23-2016 | 
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Trek Online Players Confused About Ferengi Ship Offer

Game developer won't reveal criteria on how gold-plated ship is awarded

The email touted a "glorious ship, just for you." It offered a gold-plated Ferengi Nagus Marauder ship that was "sure to stand out on your missions throughout the final frontier." The ship isn't real, of course. Instead, it's a perk in the massively multiplayer online game Star Trek Online, and was sent out to select subscribers in the game. And we mean very select — so pin-pointed, the company behind the game won't reveal what criteria they used to award the in-game object. "The gold-plated (Tier 6) Ferengi ship was sent out to a select group of players as part of an email ...
 | Jul-21-2016 | 
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Star Trek: In Search Of ... Beer?

Toast Trek's 50th anniversary with beverages created for the occasion

The Shmaltz Brewing Co. of Clifton Park, New York, is celebrating Star Trek's big year in grand style. Two officially licensed Star Trek-themed Golden Anniversary Ales will be available over the summer. First up is Star Trek Golden Anniversary Ale: The Trouble With Tribbles, which will be available this week at the San Diego Comic-Con, and also at the Star Trek Las Vegas Convention in August. The beer, according to a news release, is from the original "Star Trek" episode "The Trouble With Tribbles," where the Enterprise is called to protect a shipment of a geneticall ...
 | Jul-20-2016 | 
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Abrams: Takei's Sulu Reaction 'Preposterous'

Gene Roddenberry welcomed 'inclusivity,' producer says

A lot of people were surprised by George Takei's reaction that the character he originated in the original "Star Trek" would be outed as gay in the upcoming "Star Trek: Beyond." One person who really scratched his head over the reaction was none other than producer J.J. Abrams, who completely disagreed with the 79-year-old actor on how Trek creator Gene Roddenberry would receive news of having an original character come out of the closet. "I have nothing but respect for the man," Abr ...
 | Jul-18-2016 | 
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'Beyond' Reviews Mostly Positive ... So Far

After weeks of waiting, critics are finally voicing their opinion

In just a week, many parts of the world will finally have a chance to see "Star Trek: Beyond" for the first time. But as what's typically done, those who review movies get to see it first. And so far, at least according to Rotten Tomatoes, critics are pretty happy with what Justin Lin, Simon Pegg and Doug Jung have put together. "The young crew of the Starship Enterprise enters uncharted space to rescue a missing ship," ...
 | Jul-16-2016 | 
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Chekov Won't Be Recast After Yelchin Death

Abrams still considering how to handle character in future films

One of the biggest questions since last month's tragic death of 27-year-old actor Anton Yelchin has finally been answered. At least partially. J.J. Abrams, who directed Yelchin as Pavel Chekov in the first two Star Trek movies in the reboot era and continues to serve as a producer in the franchise, told the Toronto Sun that he will not cast someone else to play the iconic role. "I would say there's no replacing him," Abrams said. "There's no recasting. I can't possibly imagine that, and I think Anton deserves better." Yelchin died June 19 after his Jeep Grand Cher ...
 | Jul-15-2016 | 
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