Slice of SciFi #96: Producer John Logsdon on History’s “Star Trek” Documentaries

Star Trek on History ChannelNews Bytes:
Jeff Bridges joins the cast of Jon Favreau’s Iron Man.
Ron Perlman will provide the voice of Hellboy in new a series of games from Konami.
Top genre actors Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Josh Holloway and Michael Ironside, lend their voice talents to the new “Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars” game.

Movie Talk:
David Fincher brings “Zodiac” to the big screen on March 2, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Edwards, Brian Cox, Dermot Mulroney and Mark Ruffalo in an adaptation of Robert Graysmith’s best selling book about The Zodiac Killer.

Fangoria Entertainment is expanding its magazine and convention base of operation to the filmmaking business by creating its own Feature Division. Staying true to the company’s banner, Fangoria Films will concentrate on the creation and production of original horror and genre-related movie product, a natural progression from the growth over the last two decades to include a satellite radio show on Sirius, a subscription-based broadband TV service, the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards show, and its own line of comic books.

TV Talk:
Former “LOST” regular cast member Harold Perrineau will be co-starring on the new CBS supernatural show called “Demons.” The new show, originally with the working title of “Exorcism” centers on the life of an ex-Jesuit priest-psychologist who performs exorcisms as part of his practice.

“Demons” comes from the same creative team of Barbara Hall and Joe Roth who brought the popular, but short-lived “Joan of Arcadia” to the small screen.

Interview: Michael, Summer, Brian and Sam talk with John Logsdon, producer and director of the History Channel documentaries “Star Trek: 40 Years of Star Trek” and “Star Trek Tech”. John first tells us about “Beyond the Final Frontier”, which focuses on the recovery of all the Star Trek memorabilia that was stored on a back lot and about to be thrown out, and the stunned executive reactions to the amounts those items sold for at Christie’s auction, but also includes interviews with Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, and many more Trek stars.

“Star Trek Tech” is about the technology behind the gadgets used in the series such as phasers and communicators, and we hear their stories from the actors, producers and prop wranglers who knew them best.

“Star Trek: Beyond the Final Frontier” airs February 19 at 9PM, February 20 at 1AM, February 24 at 8PM, and February 25 at 12AM.
“Star Trek Tech” airs February 18 at 9PM, February 19 at 1AM and 11PM, and February 20 at 3AM.
All times Eastern/Pacific.

Future Talk: What’s Coming Up?

  • In “The Signal”, humanity is driven to the brink of insanity by technology, technology that already exists in the real world today.

    The director/writing team of David Bruckner, Dan Bush and Jacob Gentry grabs the audience by imagining a world in which every cell phone, television, radio and beeper in every city across the globe suddenly begins broadcasting the same eerie and mysterious signal over and over–non-stop! What’s more, the frequency of this signal illicits a violent, murderous response from everyone coming into contact with it.

  • Kiefer Sutherland took his “24” hiatus to film “Mirrors”, where he plays an ex-cop working as a security guard in a shopping mall and discovers some weird and evil goings-on within some department store mirrors. He spends the whole flick trying to determine what is going on and where this evil in the mirrors originates from.

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  1. Kyle Nin says

    That movie “The Signal” sound a lot like the Stephen King book “Cell”? Is it just a coincidence? Or are they copying?

  2. Kurt says

    You guys didn’t know about The Starlost. Made back in 1973, it is arguably the WORST Sci-fi show ever made. Cleopatra 2525, The Star Hunter and Manimal are just forgetably bad shows. The Starlost is Plan 9 from Outer Space bad.

    Flat scripts, poor direction, wooden acting and a really cheap budget doomed this show from the start. I think the producers cornered the worlds existing supply of styrofoam to make the sets. The shows were shot on video tape; a bad choice in 1973, and used real crappy Chroma key for the special effects. It looked like it was shot on a highschool stage; and that was my opinion when I was 10 years old and saw it for the first time.

    To watch all 17 episodes of The Starlost you must have the stamina needed to sit through an Ed Wood film festival. The show was that bad.