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Burton Big Bang Theory TV Alert

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Fans of LeVar Burton need to tune in to CBS tonight at 8 PM.

Burton will be appearing on The Toast Derivation episode of The Big Bang Theory, where it appears that he will be playing himself on the episode.

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Vereen: Playing Geordi’s Father

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

For Ben Vereen, stepping into the 21st century was an emotional moment.

Recovering from a serious accident, Vereen welcomed the chance to appear on Star Trek: The Next Generation. “It was LeVar’s idea. I was out of rehab after my accident in 1992,” said Vereen. “I got this letter from Paramount saying that they wanted me to do The Next Generation. And I flipped out. What they didn’t know was that all through my recovery I was watching, every day, episodes of The Next Generation that a friend had given me. When I was working my way back, I’d been putting on Star Trek, and now I was being asked to do an episode. It was overwhelming. Then I went to Paramount and they gave me a uniform and bars, and I was Dr. La Forge, Geordi’s father. I was honored and, to this day, I thank LeVar Burton for that. It was a great, great gift.”

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Third Season Of Shatner’s Raw Nerve To Premiere

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

On January 31, the third season of Shatner’s Raw Nerve will premiere with back-to-back episodes on the Bio channel.

Season Three of Shatner’s Raw Nerve will include familiar television and movie personalities, including three of particular interest to Star Trek fans.

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Burton To Appear On Community

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

LeVar Burton, Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Geordi La Forge, will be appearing in NBC’s Community later this season.

Burton tweeted the news to his followers, saying “In this episode of @nbccommunity I play … #noaudition necessary” and Burton included a picture, seen here, in which the cast sheet for the episode is shown with Burton’s character is listed as “himself.”

Community is about a group of student misfits attending a Greendale Community College. The show is known for parodying film and television clichés and for its pop culture references.

Burton Wins NAACP Award

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Last night, the NAACP’s 20th Annual Theater Awards ceremony was held and Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton walked away with an award for his work in The Caterer.

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Casting Memo Unearthed

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Had things gone differently, fans might have seen Tim Russ or Wesley Snipes as Geordi La Forge.

An old casting memo dated April 13, 1987 from Paramount shows the actors and actresses who might have been chosen to play the roles of Picard, Ryker and La Forge instead of Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes and LeVar Burton.

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Burton To Host Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

LeVar Burton, best known to Trek fans as Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s Geordi La Forge, will be hosting this year’s IndieCade Red Carpet Awards Ceremony and Reception.

IndieCade, “dedicated to bringing together the freshest, most innovative and creative minds and works in independent game design,” was founded in 2005 and holds an annual international festival and series of exhibitions, conferences and other “happenings for the future of independent games.”

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Trek Actors To Appear At Tweet House

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

William Shatner, Brent Spiner and LeVar Burton will be at the Tweet House at Comic-con party on July 23.

This year’s Tweet House at Comic-Con has panels, several bands and is located on the USS Midway aircraft carrier. The Tweet House is a “celebration of the real-time Web and Twitter’s pervasive role within it, bringing together those who create and evangelize the technologies that are defining the future.”

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Burton: Father-Daughter Bonding

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

LeVar Burton loves it when two generations connect via Star Trek.

While on the set of The Jensen Project, Burton spoke about father-daughter bonding, via Trek or other TV shows. “”I love it when I hear women say they watch Star Trek with their fathers,” he said. “Mica [Burton's daughter] is not a huge science fiction fan, although when she was little she could identify the different versions of Star Trek just by looking at them. She knew the difference between The Next Generation and Voyager and Deep Space Nine.”

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What Drew Goldberg To Star Trek

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Whoopi Goldberg found something in Star Trek to which she could personally relate.

When watching the original series, Goldberg found it had something that other science fiction shows of the time were missing.

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Spring Trek Convention And Show Guide

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

In a new monthly feature for TrekToday, fans can see just which conventions or shows will be featuring Star Trek actors who were regulars or guest stars on various Star Trek shows or movies.

There will be four conventions or shows in April and May that feature Trek actors of interest, including: Sci-Fi on the Rock, Hollywood Show, Vulcan, and Phoenix Comicon.

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Burton To Write Comic

Monday, March 15th, 2010

This June, LeVar Burton will write a short comic story for Dark Horse Comics.

Over the weekend, Dark Horse Comics announced that Burton would be writing the as-of-yet unnamed short story which will appear in the June issue of Myspace Dark Horse Presents.

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Stewart Co-Stars React To Knighthood

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Patrick Stewart‘s castmates on Star Trek: The Next Generation congratulated Sir Patrick who was knighted at year-end.

Several of Stewart’s co-stars, including LeVar Burton, Wil Wheaton and Brent Spiner tweeted regarding Stewart’s knighthood, and mixed with the congratulations was a little teasing.

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No Pot of Gold At The End Of Burton’s Reading Rainbow

Friday, August 28th, 2009

The Emmy-winning Reading Rainbow is coming to an end, due to a shift in the philosophy of educational television.

Friday marks the end of the twenty-six-year run of Reading Rainbow, hosted by Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s LeVar Burton.

John Grant, who is in charge of content at WNED Buffalo, Reading Rainbow‘s home station, explained the reasoning behind the cancellation of the popular show. No one, explained Grant, not the station, not PBS, not the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, will make available the several hundred thousand dollars needed to renew the show’s broadcasting rights.

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Burton: Striking It Lucky

Monday, August 24th, 2009

More than once, LeVar Burton has worked on projects that were unexpectedly successful.

When Burton worked on Roots, no one anticipated that the miniseries would be so successful. “I seem to continue to fall into situations that exceed and succeed beyond anyone’s expectations,” said Burton of his roles in both Roots and Star Trek: The Next Generation. “No one thought Roots would be the success that it was, in fact there’s a great story that the network executives at ABC, once they had assembled the twelve hour miniseries, they thought it was good but they did not know that America would watch, in a country and a society where 80% percent of the population is white and less than 20% is black, they did not believe that a series where whites were the villains and blacks were the heroes would play very well so they decided ‘We’ll put it on in eight consecutive nights programming.’”

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