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Braga Feels Funny To Be Back At Paramount

By Michelle
September 5, 2005 - 7:29 PM

Brannon Braga said that it feels strange to be back on the Paramount Studios lot working on a show that isn't Star Trek, and promised to scare viewers with his new series Threshold.

"It's mainly new people I'm working with," Braga told Sci Fi Wire, though familiar face Brent Spiner (Data) from The Next Generation plays a lead role on the series which debuts at 9 p.m. on September 16th on CBS. "It's a little weird to see the Star Trek stages occupied by Tom Cruise and Mission: Impossible 3." Still, added Braga, the lot "feels like it's home still. It's comfortable here."

The producer, who co-created Threshold with David S. Goyer and David Heyman, explained that he was surprised to be back at Paramount so soon after the cancellation of Enterprise. "I didn't think I'd be working on a show this soon...I was hoping to take a break. But here I am," he said.

Braga told the Akron Beacon Journal that Threshold is very different from Star Trek, "set in the real world, where you can be mindful of making it more realistic," he said. He said that they were careful not to imitate previous science fiction shows, promising, "We're not ever going to show the aliens. We're not going to do dudes with rubber heads. We're not going to do CGI creatures. We want the alien manifestations to be more sideways in nature."

"Our goal is to scare people on Friday nights," added Braga, who said that the experience of creating a show from the beginning is very different than on Star Trek where he came into an established franchise before becoming an executive producer and knew the material thoroughly. "We want this show to be terrifying...it was always hard to do scary on Star Trek."

The original articles are at Sci Fi Wire and The Akron Beacon Journal.

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