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Wolfe Working On 'Dead Zone' Episode

By Caillan
August 2, 2002 - 1:36 PM

Following in the footsteps of Joe Menosky and Michael Taylor, Robert Hewitt Wolfe has become the latest Trek veteran to contribute to Micheal Piller's new series, The Dead Zone.

Former Deep Space Nine and Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda writer-producer Wolfe is working on a freelance story and "possibly/probably" a teleplay for the USA Network series, according to a post at his official web site.

Currently titled 'Unearthed,' the story is being developed for the second batch of thirteen episodes. "I'm working for Michael Piller on this one, so it feels a bit like the good ole days on Star Trek," Wolfe said. "Dead Zone is a fun show and Michael's doing a good job."

The difference between a story and a teleplay was explained by the writer during his June chat at Roddenberry.com. "To get story credit, a writer has to write a story document," he said. "This is a six to eight page document with all the major beats of what happens in the episode." In contrast, the teleplay is the actual script of the episode, containing scene descriptions and dialogue.

Wolfe joined the Trek family in The Next Generation's sixth season with the episode 'A Fistful of Datas.' He then served on Deep Space Nine for five seasons, rising to the rank of producer and penning episodes such as 'The Wire,' 'The Way of the Warrior' and 'Call To Arms.' After leaving DS9 to pursue new projects, Wolfe developed the syndicated series Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda but was let go during the second season due to creative differences.

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, The Dead Zone stars Anthony Michael Hall as Johnny Smith, who discovers he has psychic abilities after waking up from a coma. Executive produced by DS9 and Voyager co-creator Michael Piller, the series also features Nicole deBoer (Ezri Dax) and David Ogden Stiers (Dr. Timicin in TNG's 'Half A Life').

The Dead Zone airs Sunday 10:00pm (9:00pm Central) on the USA Network.

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