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25 Years Later: Bombshells From ‘Best Of Both Worlds’

How one line, ‘To be continued,’ changed ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’ forever

It’s hard to imagine now, but despite the introduction of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in 1987, the 1980s still belonged to Capt. Kirk, Spock, McCoy and the crew of the original USS Enterprise. Few took the show seriously, and it even spilled over into the conventions. “The fans were split on the acceptance of the show,” said Ronald D. Moore, one of TNG’s writers who would go on to redevelop “Battlestar Galactica” for Syfy. “You would go to conventions and there would be bumper stickers and T-shirts that basically said, ‘I’m a real Trekker. Forget the bald guy.’ Stuff l …
 | Jun-21-2015 | 
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Rick Berman: Roddenberry Made Rules, I Obeyed

Longtime executive producer talks about maintaining creator’s vision

Whether he’s revered or reviled, Rick Berman was the torchbearer for the Star Trek franchise for many years following the death of Gene Roddenberry in 1991. He helped usher in such timeless series as “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise,” and was also instrumental behind films like “Star Trek Generation,” “Star Trek: First Contact” as well as “Star Trek: Insurrection” and “Star Trek: Nemesis.” And that’s all from a man who, before getting assigned to “Star Trek: The Next Generation” by Paramount in the late 1980s, knew almost nothing of …
 | Jul-4-2013 | 
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‘Deep Space Nine’ Turns 20: A Look Back

Star Trek series set on a space station around Bajor remembered

Rick Berman and the late Michael Piller didn’t have to look far to find inspiration for another Star Trek series. Saddam Hussein had set oil wells in Kuwait on fire as he withdrew as part of Operation Desert Storm, and both the allied American forces along with the Kuwaiti people were left to pick up the pieces. That’s what Berman and Piller would do — create a space station as part of a brutal occupation, and join it just as the occupying forces abandon ship. “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” premiered 20 years ago Thursday, part of an original syndicated lineup that first too …
 | Jan-4-2013 | 
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Shatner Answers The Mystery Of Dr. Crusher

New documentary paints a disturbing light on ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation’

She was there, and then she was gone. And before fans knew it, she was back again. Dr. Beverly Crusher had been a part of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” from the first episode, but disappeared suddenly in the second season when Gates McFadden was replaced by Diana Muldaur. Although there were whispers about problems on the set, no one would ever confirm them — that is, until William Shatner brought a camera crew. Continuing his string of successful documentaries highlighting the world of Star Trek, the former original series star looks at the first three years of TNG betw …
 | Jul-30-2015 | 
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So What Happened To Dr. Crusher Exactly?

William Shatner’s new documentary provides a surprising answer

Fans will tell you there’s always two things to look for in a “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode to ensure that it has the best chance of being a good episode. Does Jonathan Frakes’ character of William Riker have a beard? And is the doctor Crusher?That basically says all the good episodes run from the third season on in TNG, because Riker grew a beard by Season 2, and Crusher and Riker’s beard didn’t appear together until Season 3, since Diana Muldaur’s Dr. Pulaski had stopped by for a brief one-season run.So why did McFadden …
 | Jul-30-2015 | 
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Terry Farrell: I Wanted To Stay On ‘Deep Space Nine’

Jadzia Dax actress opens up about what led to her departure, and how it was shared with the crew

By the time fans were getting ready for the seventh season of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” it was clear this would be the last. Because of that, it was a shock for many to find out that Terry Farrell and her character of Jadzia Dax would not be a part of it. Reports of Farrell’s departure centered on the extremely vague “failed contract talks,” and it seemed even showrunner Ira Steven Behr had no idea why he suddenly had to create a new character to replace Jadzia. Farrell recently opened up about what happened behind the scenes of those negotiations with ShowbizJunkies r …
 | May-29-2015 | 
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10 Years, And Still No Trek On TV

But then again, Michael Hinman isn’t saying that’s necessarily a bad thing

If you’re at least as old as I am, you likely remember when Star Trek returned to television for the first time in 13 years (yeah, we’re counting “Star Trek: The Animated Series”). I remember being so worried, at the age of 11, that Star Trek series could only boldly go for three years. To me, I would be 14 and without new Star Trek again, and I really liked Capt. Picard and the crew of the USS Enterprise-D. But as we all know, it was far more than three years. Try 18 years … and sometimes, much longer than maybe it should’ve been. What would become four television …
 | May-26-2015 | 
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TNG Producer Maurice Hurley Dies, 75

Best known as the writer who created the Borg characters

Unless you’re someone who likes to read credits, you may not even recognize the name Maurice Hurley. But his contribution to the Star Trek franchise, through his work in the early years of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” cannot be overlooked. Hurley died Tuesday. He was 75. “We lost one of Star Trek’s most talented minds,” former executive producer Rick Berman shared on his Twitter. “He was one-of-a-kind. So very sad.” Maurice Hurley was born Aug. 16, 1939, in Boston. He got his break writing “Firebird 2015 AD …
 | Feb-26-2015 | 
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