News Bullets

By Michelle
November 16, 2006 - 10:53 PM

  • William Shatner (Kirk)'s game show debut Show Me the Money dropped a substantial chunk of its Dancing With the Stars lead-in audience but kept ABC on top in the 9 p.m. hour on Tuesday, then fell to second place behund Law & Order: SVU in Boston Legal's usual time slot at 10. The 7.3/12 rating was enough to beat the premiere of 3 Lbs. on CBS, according to Zap2It.

  • Shatner appeared last week on G4's "Attack of the Show", which can be downloaded or saved as a podcast. Shatner talked about his role in the upcoming Legacy and the future of Star Trek movies.

  • Walter Koenig (Chekov)'s web site reports that Mad Cowgirl, in which Koenig plays a sleazy televangelist, is scheduled for DVD release on Dec. 5th. The film's web site is here.

  • Lady Magdalene's, a new film starring Nichelle Nichols (Uhura) as a singer, has a trailer that can be seen on YouTube and is being submitted to film festivals for 2007.

  • Sidmennt has a report on the International Atheist Conference in Iceland, where Brannon Braga gave a speech about whether atheists need a mythology and suggested Star Trek as evidence that a moral universe can exist in the absence of religion:
    It has tens of millions of followers. Many of whom, I suspect, are already leaning toward our way of thinking. And those followers may not be as fanatical, say, a right-wing fundamentalist, but if you've ever met a 'Star Trek' fan, they come pretty damned close.

  • The Tim Russ Tribute Page notes that the Tuvok actor is teaming up again with Robert M. Conrad and James Nestor for another short movie, After Market. The film is a detective comedy about product placement.

  • The 20th Anniversary Edition of Transformers: The Movie is now available from Amazon.com. Leonard Nimoy performed the voice for Galvatron and also did some of the lines for Unicron when Orson Welles passed away during production. Thanks to Faryn.

  • The recently released Season 1 box set of the animated Justice League Unlimited series includes Trek alumni voice actors such as Jeffrey Combs (Shran), Robert Picardo (The Doctor), Michael Dorn (Worf) and Armin Shimerman (Quark) among others. Thanks to Alex.

  • Producer Sky Conway talked about Star Trek: Of Gods and Men, the upcoming internet film, with Sci Fi Pulse:
    The name 'Of Gods And Men' is a takeoff 'Of Mice And Men', and how power corrupts, what happens when a man thinks he is a god...it's a different kind of a Star Trek film, but I think itís still following in the path of Gene Roddenberry.

  • Totally Kate! has photos of Kate Mulgrew (Janeway) at Creation's 40th Anniversary Star Trek Convention last Saturday in New Jersey.

  • John de Lancie (Q) has joined the cast of Starfighters: The Praetorian Issue, according to a post at jonja.net.

  • As TrekToday reported previously, TrekWeb reports that the Star Trek comics franchise will be picked up by IDW Publishing for the 20th anniversary of The Next Generation in January 2007.

  • Gaming news: Bethesda Softworks announced that Star Trek: Tactical Assault has shipped to stores and should be available for purchase this week in North America.

  • However, the Star Trek Gaming Universe talked to Mad Doc Software and reported that Star Trek Legacy for PC and XBOX 360 has been delayed until December. The interview has descriptions of natural phenomena and special moves and how each affect ships during gameplay.

  • The Hailing Frequency Star Trek gaming podcast, in association with Bethesda Softworks, is currently running a competition to give away several signed Star Trek: Legacy posters.

  • StarTrek.com has a new Trek Life-themed holiday desktop for Thanksgiving.

  • MSN TV has posted a list of the best shows of the 1990s, with Deep Space Nine making the list along with another popular science fiction series, The X-Files.

  • Are Battlestar Galactica fans more politically conservative than Star Trek fans? Or is it the writing that attracts them? The American Prospect considers.

  • TrekCore.com has released the third set of rare photos in tribute to Trek's 40th anniversary.

  • Rinkya, the premier service for on-line Japanese shopping, is adding new searches and seeking out opportunities for world-wide Trekkies to explore the Japan market, where there are over 5 million Star Trek fans. Vintage items of both Japanese and English origin are available.

  • And it's a little late for Halloween, but this site is so funny we had to share it: Klingon Pumpkin Carving with your pet targ!

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