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Trek Actress Arlene Martel dies, age 78

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Oct 26, 2013
RIP Lou Scheimer (1928-2013)


Although not a "famous" Star Trek name, Lou Scheimer played a huge role in keeping the show going between the original Trek and Next Generation. As a co-founder of Filmation, he was one of the men responsible for Star Trek: The Animated Series. Besides producing the series, he voiced three characters on the animated series.

Not only did he keep Trek going until the first movie came out, he also pioneered the concept of first-run syndication programming with He-Man, which later paid off when Next Gen became a big hit in... first-run syndication.

If folks aren't fans of the Animated series, then anyone watching cartoons in the 60s, 70s, and 80s probably heard his voice, as he played roles such as Orko in He-Man, Dumb Donald in Fat Albert, and Bat-Mite in New Adventures of Batman. He composed music for several of the Filmation series.

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George Takei, veteran of the beloved sci-fi series, wed his longtime partner in LA this weekend.
Sep 15, 2008
Star Trek's Mr. Sulu ties the knot

When the California Supreme Court made the historic decision to strike down a ban on same-sex marriage earlier this year, Star Trek actor George Takei and his partner, Brad Altman, were some of the first in line for a license. This Sunday, September 14, the pair made it official in a Los Angeles ceremony that included nearly 200 of their friends.

Syndicated reruns of old space classic will be tweaked with CG and a new version of theme song.
Aug 31, 2006
Star Trek goes digital

Space. The reimagined frontier.

Star Trek, the 1960s TV series that literally launched a thousand ships, will return for a new syndicated run with a computer-assisted face-lift. When the show airs in syndication beginning September 16, it will feature computer-generated effects and a new version of the theme song.

In celebration of the show's 40th Anniversary, all 79 episodes from the original series are being digitally remastered, and key special effects are being redone. The Enterprise spaceship is being enhanced, planets in the background will now appear more realistic, and the floating Starbases the Enterpise docks with will teem with CG inhabitants.

"The exterior of the ship now has depth and detail, and it will fly more dynamically," Michael Okuda, a longtime Trek scenic-art supervisor, told TV Guide. "We're taking great pains to respect the integrity and style of the original. Our goal is to always ask ourselves ...

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Four Scottish towns are fighting over which one is the actual birthplace of the Star Trek character Scotty.
Aug 06, 2005
Scots bicker over Scotty

Star Trek has a habit of turning ordinary people into trivia-spouting bickerers, but now four whole towns are getting into a nerd feud. The Scottish towns of Aberdeen, Linlithgow, Elgin, and Edinburgh are all claiming to be the birthplace of Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, the fictional chief engineer of the starship Enterprise on the original Star Trek series. The Canadian actor James Doohan, who played Scotty, recently passed away.

Trekkies in all four of the burgs attest to having proof to back up their claim. In one episode, Scotty describes himself to be an "Aberdeen pub crawler," but in an interview in the '70s, Doohan said Scotty was from Elgin, near Aberdeen. Each of the four towns has plans to erect a memorial for Scotty.

Whatever the outcome, this just proves there is no better way to honor someone's memory than with a fight.

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Heroes' Zachary Quinto cast as young Spock in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek film; Nimoy also returning.
Jul 27, 2007
Heroes' Sylar to live long and prosper
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San Diego, CA--When word got out that Paramount Pictures would be working on a new Star Trek movie detailing how James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock met at the Starfleet Academy, questions began pouring in at warp speed.

Who would be directing the film? (Answer: J.J. Abrams (Lost, Mission Impossible III)). Which characters will be featured in the movie? (Answer: At least Kirk and Spock, more to be determined later.)

But one of the biggest questions that has remained unanswered--as details of the film are under lock and key--is, "Who will play Kirk and that pointy-eared fellow?"

Today, that question was partially answered at Comic-Con in San Diego. As the final portion of the Paramount Pictures presentation, J.J. Abrams held court with details about the upcoming film, and introduced the actor who will be playing the young Vulcan--Zachary Quinto.

Quinto is best known as Sylar, the ...

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Oct 08, 2009
The Top 15 TV Title Sequences

Quick! Think of your favorite TV show. Chances are, your memory turns to a favorite character, a favorite episode, or a favorite line. But when it comes to defining the overall feel of the show, the show's opening title sequence probably comes to mind.

A title sequence isn't just the name of a show spelled in a cool font, slapped over a few choice scenes from last season, and then sewn together with a snappy theme song. In under 90 seconds, a title sequence can tell you what a show is about, and what it wants to be. It can evoke terror, bring a smile, tell a story, ask a question -- and convince you that what you're about to watch is special. TV.com reviewed the best of the best title sequences throughout TV history (and there are quite a few excellent ones out there). These made ...

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Two years after his death, James Doohan's remains will be blasted into space.
Apr 02, 2007
Star Trek's Scotty plots last course for the stars

The remains of actor James Doohan, who played the starship Enterprise's chief engineer Scotty on Star Trek, will be blasted into space next month, the company organizing the flight said Friday.

The Canadian-born actor who inspired the catch phrase "Beam me up, Scotty"--even though it was never actually uttered on the television show--died two years ago at the age of 85.

Houston-based commercial company Space Services Inc. said some of Doohan's remains were packed into a rocket at Las Cruces, New Mexico, Friday, ahead of the flight scheduled for April 28.

The company originally had planned to blast Doohan's remains into space two years ago. But the flight was delayed by tests, then by a misfire during a practice launch last year.

Space Services spokeswoman Susan Schonfeld said Doohan's ashes will be sent up along with the remains of some 200 other people, including astronaut ...

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"Space...The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship, Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before!"

The series is set in the 23rd century where Earth has survived World War III then moved on to explore the stars. Humanity has allied with other alien races and formed the United Federation of Planets, and Starfleet serves as its exploratory and military branch. Captain James T. Kirk of the starship Enterprise explores the galaxy with a crew of 430 men and women, contacting new life forms, conducting diplomat missions, and exploring the unknown.

Star Trek premiered on NBC after executive producer and creator Gene Roddenberry produced not one but two pilots to convince them of the quality of his show. The series ran two years but never achieved good ratings despite building a small but solid fan following. A letter-writing campaign convinced NBC to run a third season, but Roddenberry left in protest and the network buried the show in a late Friday night time slot.

After its three-year run Star Trek began running syndication where it was discovered by legion of new fans and became a phenomenon. This led to an animated series, six movies, and four spin-off television shows. Despite its short network run, Star Trek has become one of the most successful shows in television history.

Aside from its three main stars, Star Trek featured a large cast of reoccurring guest stars that includes James Doohan, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei, Walter Koenig, Majel Barrett, and Grace Lee Whitney. Other notable guest stars include Diana Muldaur, Gary Lockwood, Ricardo Montalban, Sally Kellerman, Julie Newmar, Frank Gorshin, John Colicos, Roger C. Carmel, William Campbell, Ted Cassidy, Michael Ansara and Elisha Cook, Jr. Notable writers for the series include Gene Roddenberry, Gene L. Coon, George Clayton Johnson, Jerry Sohl, Jerome Bixby, Robert Bloch, Theodore Sturgeon, Harlan Ellison, David Gerrold, and D.C. Fontana.moreless
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