Site ColumnsBy Michelle
April 21, 2006 - 10:09 PM
I had the great pleasure of meeting Scott Bakula on Wednesday. He has been in my home town performing Shenandoah at Ford's Theatre, and through the generosity of Donna from Project Quantum Leap, I was able to go see him at a luncheon at the National Press Club where he spoke about the musical and its contemporary relevance as well as other aspects of his career. The crowd was an interesting mix, very different from the conventions and even theatre roundtables where I have seen other Star Trek captains; I may have been the only serious Trekkie in the audience, as the Bakula followers seemed mostly to be Quantum Leap fans while the press club members had a mix of political, social and entertainment interests.
I'll write an article about Bakula's Q&A, which was fascinating - he spoke about everything from the war in Iraq to Sumner Redstone's edicts about Paramount profitability to discovering things about himself as a father through the character he plays in Shenandoah. But I was interested too in watching how he interacted with different people who approached him, some with oversized cameras whose shutters never seemed to stop clicking, some with the "Oh look, someone famous...who are you again?" sort of curiosity, and some who had agendas concerning the theater, television or politics. Having run Kate Mulgrew's fan club for five years, I watched her negotiate crowds a couple of times, but it was always in a context where there were a lot of Star Trek fans around...this was more diverse, and made me wonder how anyone can deal with being a celebrity!
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These were some of the major news items from April 2004:
- Berman: Trek XI To Be Prequel Film
Star Trek producer Rick Berman revealed he had started work on what could eventually become Star Trek XI, saying, "I am involved in the very early stages of what could be the next Star Trek movie...a prequel."
- 'Damage' Continues For 'Enterprise' Ratings
Star Trek: Enterprise finished last in its time slot last night as UPN's new I'm Still Alive faltered as well, the ratings for "Damage" dropping from the previous week's "Azati Prime."
- Bakula: Cancellation of 'Angel' Unnerving
When the WB cancelled Angel, admitted Scott Bakula (Captain Archer), word spread across the Paramount lot from the Angel stages to those for Star Trek: Enterprise and caused some nervousness. "They were our neighbors," Bakula said.
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