Character actor Jerry Hardin, best known to Star Trek: The Next Generation fans for his role as Mark Twain in the two-part Time’s Arrow episodes, found that his The Next Generation role led to his own show about Twain.
Hardin was aware of the original series, but never had a chance to audition for it. “Star Trek was all the talk; brand-new sci-fi and timely as well,” he said. “I hadn’t auditioned for any roles that I can recall. In those days there were often several auditions a day and the survival mode was to do the best job you could and move on until there was job offer.”