- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Trek’s trek

For the first time ever, all five Star Trek captains — William Shatner’s Kirk, Patrick Stewart’s Picard, Avery Brooks’ Sisko, Kate Mulgrew’s Janeway and Scott Bakula’s Archer — are teaming up for a single project.

The stars of the five Star Trek television series will be part of Star Trek: Legacy, a new video game marking the 40th anniversary of the legendary sci-fi franchise, E! Online reports.

The game will be released this fall by Bethesda Softworks for the PC and Xbox 360. Trekkies will be able to command their own starship from 60 different vessels from each of the Star Trek eras as they do battle with Klingons, Romulans and the Borg.

The actors won’t appear in the real-time strategy game, but their voices will offer players advice and plot development.

Mr. Stewart was debonair Captain Jean-Luc Picard on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” which had a successful syndication run from 1987 to 1994; Mr. Brooks played Captain Benjamin Lafayette Sisko on the syndicated “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” from 1993 to 1999; Miss Mulgrew portrayed Captain Kathryn Janeway on UPN’s “Star Trek: Voyager” from 1995 to 2001; and Mr. Bakula was Captain Jonathan Archer in UPN’s “Enterprise,” which aired from 2001 to 2005.

Mr. Shatner’s role as babe-magnet Captain James T. Kirk on the original “Star Trek” voyage from 1966 to 1969 was a career-defining role. He has written nine Star Trek novels; the latest, “Captain’s Glory,” finds Kirk squaring off with Picard as the Federation faces a new enemy, called the Totality.

Comedy Central will roast the Canadian actor Sunday at 10 p.m.

Fall also will see the release of the four-disc “Star Trek: The Animated Series” DVD set, with the 1970s Saturday morning revival of the series that featured the voices of the original cast. Paramount has given the collection an on-sale date of Nov. 21.

The studio, which also has produced and distributed all 10 Star Trek movies, from 1979’s “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” to 2002’s bomb “Star Trek: Nemesis,” has signed a $22.5-million deal with “Lost” creator J.J. Abrams to helm the 11th movie installment. The film, set for release sometime in 2008, will take the series back to its roots with a prequel focusing on the early days of Kirk and Spock.

The original “Star Trek” series debuted Sept. 8, 1966, on NBC.

Changes at CNN

CNN is tweaking its daytime programming, Cynopsis reports.

“American Morning” will run from 6 to 9 a.m. starting in October, chopping an hour off its programming.

The daytime block from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (with the exception of the noon news program “Your World Today”) will be retitled “CNN Newsroom.” The 9 a.m. to noon “CNN Newsroom” block will be anchored by Heidi Collins and Tony Harris. The afternoon block will continue to be anchored by Kyra Phillips, who will be joined by Don Lemon.

CBS on the Web

CBS will have a significant Web presence for the fall TV season, posting its most popular prime-time programming on its broadband channel, Innertube, for free immediately after the shows’ network debuts, Reuters news agency reports.

Episodes from “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “CSI: Miami,” “CSI: NY,” “Jericho,” “NCIS,” “Numbers” and “Survivor” will be posted on Innertube the morning following their initial network broadcast next month. Episodes of the three “CSI” series, “NCIS” and “Numbers” will be available for four weeks, while episodes of “Jericho” and “Survivor,” with their serial formats, will remain available on the broadband channel all season.

Innertube, which premiered in May as an ad-supported broadband channel, features original series produced specifically for the Internet as well as companion content to popular CBS brands.

Compiled by Kelly Jane Torrance from Web and wire reports.

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