Trek Alumni In Fox Fall Lineup

By Michelle
May 18, 2003 - 1:08 AM

FOX released its 2003-4 fall schedule on Thursday, including several shows with Trek connections among the lineup.

Melinda Clarke, who played Sarin in Enterprise's "Broken Bow", will star in The O.C., a new drama about Orange County, California. The show examines an idyllic waterfront community where everyone appears to be rich and comfortable, but beneath the surface lie secrets and tensions that undermine the paradise.

Zap2It reports that the series "looks like Beverly Hills, 90210 with a different zip code and more interesting adult characters." Clarke has an additional genre following from her appearances as Velasca on Xena: Warrior Princess.

The O.C. will also star Benjamin McKenzie, Peter Gallagher, Mischa Barton and Tate Donovan. The series will air Thursdays at 9 p.m. following Tru Calling, the story of a woman who can go back in time for a single day at a time to help people, starring Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Eliza Dushku.

Former Voyager story editor Bryan Fuller's new series Wonderfalls has had a slight change in the spelling of its title (see previous article). It is now a planned mid-season replacement rather than a likely summer debut for the fall season.

The series stars William Sadler, Section 31's Sloan on Deep Space Nine. Sadler was also in The Shawshank Redemption and is known to science fiction fans from his regular role on Roswell.

Wonderfalls is described as a quirky yet funny drama, taking advantage of its Niagara Falls setting to tell the story of a souvenir shop saleswoman who unexpectedly finds that inanimate animal figures can talk to her. Todd Holland of Malcolm in the Middle co-produces along with Fuller.

"Caroline Dhavernes looks to be a real find and the rest of the cast also seems to have charm," notes Zap2It. The show also stars Katie Finneran, Tyron Leitso and Diana Scarwid.

Onetime Borg Queen Susanna Thompson, better known for her role on Once and Again, will also appear on a mid-season replacement series, Still Life, an unusual series in that the protagonist is a dead man watching over his still-living family.

Produced by Marti Noxon of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (whom many fans blame for that show's decline, notes Zap2It), the series has a very strong cast including David Keith and Dark Angel heartthrob Jensen Ackles.

The full FOX fall lineup can be found here at Zap2It.

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