News BulletsBy Michelle
August 24, 2006 - 7:49 PM
- It's been a busy few weeks for George Takei (Sulu). In addition to taking part in roasting William Shatner (Kirk) on Comedy Central, he has several other appearances and projects in the works, including an appearance on CBS.com's Animate This, which airs on the Innertube viewer, and in the season finale of Psych on USA.
- Speaking of Sulu, a new Star Trek sitcom is a semifinalist in an online pilot=pitching contest hosted by the New York Television Festival, according to MSN. Leave it to Sulu would take place in the Star Trek universe but have sitcom themes and conventions and would feature Takei reprising his role as Hikaru Sulu. Voting runs through Friday, August 25th.
- Leonard Nimoy (Spock) will be giving a lecture on September 14 celebrating 40 years of Star Trek as part of Akron's second annual Reading Festival, according to Destination Downtown Akron.
- TrekCore.com has a tribute to Trek creator Gene Roddenberry in honour of his 85th birthday.
- Former cast members of Mystery Science Theater 3000 have released a downloadable MP3 commentary track for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier available at Rifftrax.
- Soul of Star Trek has a new column on Trek XI news and the legacy of Star Trek at 40.
- Speaking of Trek XI, The Trek Movie Report states that J.J. Abrams himself designed the teaser poster distributed recently online and at Comic-Con.
- And The Trek Movie Report also has an editorial on Abrams, Roddenberry and Nick Meyer.
- The Omega Sector quotes the first issue of the US Star Trek Magazine in which the upcoming film producers state that "the film will not be recreating the (original) series in the way Battlestar Galactica has been re-imagined, but instead will be extrapolating on events in the Star Trek franchise as it currently exists." They also deny recasting rumours.
- Sci Fi Wire spoke with longtime Abrams collaborator Greg Grunberg, who joked that Abrams had told him he was too old to appear in the upcoming Trek film and said he would like to play a Klingon.
- Totally Kate! has new photos of Kate Mulgrew (Janeway) at Creation Entertainment's Star Trek convention in Las Vegas last weekend.
- Starbase 972, the Israeli Star Trek fan club, asked fans from all over the world to explain what Star Trek means to them. Among the participants are science fiction writer David Brin and Enterprise's John Billingsley (Phlox).
- USA Network has ordered 13 episodes of The 4400 for a fourth season beginning in 2007, notes Yahoo! The show was co-created by Deep Space Nine's Rene Echevarria and is co-executive produced by Ira Steven Behr.
- The Stargate Information Archive has pictures in its forums from the Star Trek themed segment of Stargate SG-1's 200th Episode. It was recently announced that SG-1, on which numerous Trek actors have made guest appearances over the years, will not return after its tenth season.
- The Star Trek Gaming Universe recently conducted an interview with a team who have put together new missions for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Fallen. The homepage for the team can be found here.
- The game Enterprise: Temporal Cold War, a Halflife 2 modification, is free and looking for fans to join the mod.
- stellarcross.org has reviews of Star Trek: Enterprise: Last Full Measure, the original series audiobook Captain's Glory and classic 1994 novel Firestorm, and the new novel Burning Dreams.
- UGO is hosting a "class president" election featuring The Next Generation's Wesley Crusher, who is currently losing to Harry Potter's Hermione Granger.
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