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By Christian
March 6, 2001 - 10:30 AM

Hello World!

Before I start, let me remind everyone that 'Hello World!' is our daily editorial, in which either Amy or I provide our own personal opinions - the below should not be taken in the same way as regular TrekToday news items, which we try to make as objective as possible, but rather as my own personal soapbox.

To be honest, I've been a bit surprised at how quick some people have been to dismiss the Series V casting sheet as fake, simply because a few people hiding behind anonymous Hotmail-addresses said so.

I was already suspicious about the two mails I posted yesterday - the supposed intern especially didn't sound too legit, with the boss who "knowing I'm a big sci-fi fan, began reading it out loud but abruptly stopped when he realized how important it was to keep it quiet... even (and especially) from his intern."

However, even less likely is the mail that was published on a few sites from someone claiming to be a personal assistant at a casting agency in Seattle, WA, and saying that actress Alicia Coppola had been cast as a Trill character named Jazan Laan. We received the email too, along with another one from someone claiming to be a source at Paramount, saying basically the same thing. Unfortunately, there's just one problem - both mails were sent from a computer in England.

I have no idea why such anonymous mails, which as shown above are very easy to be proven wrong, are taken as hard facts by some, but I think they certainly shouldn't influence whether people believe the sheet is legit or not. As for me personally, I do still believe the casting sheet is legit, especially after receiving several more (IMHO trustworthy) confirmations of that over the night.

I do hope Paramount will finally come out and make an official statement about Series V, though I'm beginning to fear they might just wait until they've cast the main characters or so.

Again, though, the above is purely my opinion and should not be taken as fact - to move back into 'Objective TrekToday Mode', Paramount has never officially confirmed anything about the Series V plot, and until then any news from unofficial sources should be treated as you would any rumour.

Trek BBS Today

Below are some of the topics currently being discussed at the Trek BBS:

-Of course, there are quite a few threads dealing with the Series V news in the Future of Trek forum. In one, you're asked who you think will be cast for the next series.

-Have you abandoned Voyager for the West Wing?

-Was the Galaxy-class line, including the Enterprise-D, a mistake for Starfleet?

More topics can be found at the Trek BBS!

Trek Two Years Ago

Below are some of the most important headlines that appeared on TrekToday on the 6th of March, 1999:

  • More On TOS Cancellation By Sci-Fi Channel - The Alliance Online News Network, at the time maintained by our very own Fred Shedian, posted some confirmation on the news that the Sci-Fi Channel would be ending its special 90-minute showings of the Original Series. "Beginning March 29th, the series will be cut to sixty minutes with almost all commentary being eliminated. Only the digitally remastered episodes themselves will still be shown." In addition, the Friday night airing would be replaced by a new Sci-Fi Channel lineup, which would bring us such series as 'Farscape'.

  • Richard Kiley, DS9 Guest Star, Dies At 76 - 76-year old Richard Kiley, who was famous for his role as Don Quixote in Broadway's original 'Man of La Mancha' musical, passed away a few days earlier. Kiley had appeared in the DS9 episode 'Second Sight' as Seyetik.

  • Robert Beltran Chat Transcript - The official site posted a transcript of a live chat with the Chakotay actor. In one of the questions, he was asked if the thought the show was going in the right direction. "When I find out what that direction is, I will tell you," he responded. "Let me expand on that... I don't see the obvious advantage of going back to the Alpha Quadrant. We're still going to be dealing with aliens, just with different noses."

For more news from that day, please head over to the TrekToday archives.

Happy Birthday!

Today is the 61st birthday of Joanna Miles, who played Sarek's wife Perrin in the TNG episodes 'Sarek' and 'Unification, Part One'.

Today's Television Listings

  • The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing TOS's 'Assignment Earth' at 5pm.

  • In Canada, Space! will be showing Voyager episode 'Fury' at 4:15am, TOS's 'Journey to Babel' at 10am (repeat at 4pm), TNG's 'Gambit Pt.1' at 12pm, DS9's 'The Valiant' at 5pm and Voyager's 'Life Line' at 10pm.

  • In the United Kingdom, Sky One will show DS9's 'Sword of Kahless' at 17:00 GMT. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!

  • In the Netherlands, VOO will show DS9's 'Looking for Par Mach in All the Wrong Places' at 1750 while Net5 will screen Voyager's 'Time And Again' at 1840 Thanks go out to for this!

  • In Australia, Channel Nine will show DS9's 'Resurrection' at 11pm. Thanks go out to the Australian Babylon 5 & Star Trek air schedule

Tomorrow's Television Listings

  • At 9:00pm (8:00pm Central), UPN will be showing the new Voyager episode 'Human Error'. Here's how UPN describes the episode:

    'Human Error' - copyright Paramount As the U.S.S. Voyager enters a hazardous region of space being used as a weapons-testing range by unknown parties, the ship must count on Seven of Nine's long-range scans to steer it out of danger. Seven of Nine, however, is becoming more and more distracted with a personal experiment, one that could change how she deals with her crewmates forever.

    If you want to find out even more about the episode, we recently posted an summary of new spoilers from the 'Human Error' script. As usual, please be aware the the above photo is copyrighted by Paramount.

  • The Sci-Fi Channel will be showing the infamous Original Series episode 'Spock's Brain'.

  • In Canada, Space! will be showing Voyager's 'Life Line' at 4:00am Eastern Time, the Original Series' 'Friday's Child' at 10:00am, TNG's 'Gambit, Part Two' at 12:00pm, 'Friday's Child' again at 4:00pm, DS9's 'Profit and Lace' at 5:00pm and Voyager's 'The Haunting Of Deck Twelve' at 10:00pm.

  • In the United Kingdom, Sky One will be showing DS9's 'Our Man Bashir' at 17:00 and at 00:30 GMT. Thanks go out to the Great Link for this!

  • In the Netherlands, Veronica will be showing DS9's 'Nor The Battle to the Strong' at 17:15 CET, while Net5 will be showing Voyager's 'Phage' at 18:40. Thanks go out to for this!

  • In Australia, the 9 Network will be showing Voyager's 'Extreme Risk' at 11:00pm. Thanks go out to the Australian Babylon 5 & Star Trek air schedule

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