Shatner Hosts 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' Cast Reunion at Denver Comic Con, 6/14
Denver Comic Con and Literary Conference (DCC), a program of Comic Book Classroom (CBC) designed to help promote literacy through pop culture, today announced it will host a reunion of six of the cast members of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" to be moderated by William Shatner. The ticketed panel also includes Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden and Marina Sirtis.
"Even though Star Trek: The Next Generation only originally aired for seven seasons, fans have come to have deep attachments to these characters," said convention director Dr. Christina Angel. "We're thrilled to be able to provide a forum where fans and cast members can interact-including, of course, the captain of the reunion panel: William Shatner."
The Saturday, June 14 evening event will be held in the Bellco Theatre. The tickets range from $50-$150 and can be purchased at http://www.denvercomiccon.com; a paid admission into the con is required, and tickets are still available for Denver Comic Con. Fans unable to purchase tickets to the reunion panel can meet many of the cast members for individual autograph sessions and photo opportunities at Celebrity Summit on the convention floor (times TBA). Many of the guests will also participate in additional panels based on other work.
Brent Spiner, Patrick Stewart and Will Wheaton will not able to join the rest of the cast in Denver due to scheduling conflicts.
DCC has a complete and ongoing list of announced guests at its website, which includes notables such as Adam West and Burt Ward of the 1960's "Batman" series, Stephen Amell from the CW's "Arrow," Karl Urban from Star Trek and Lord of the Rings films, Bruce Campbell of "Burn Notice" and "Evil Dead" and Michael Rooker from "The Walking Dead," in addition to today's announced guests.
"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Panel Guests
William Shatner - One of the most recognizable pop icons working today, Shatner played James Tiberius Kirk, the captain of the "Star Trek's" U.S.S. Enterprise on the original television series and in seven Star Trek films between 1979 and 1994. He's also known as television's TJ Hooker from the series of the same name, and for his three-time Emmy award-winning role in "The Practice" and its successful spin-off "Boston Legal." Most recently, he brought "Shatner's World," a unique retrospective cinematic event, to movie theaters in April 2014. Shatner is also an avid horseman and started the Hollywood Charity Horse Show in 1990.
Jonathan Frakes - In addition to playing Capt. Picard's no. two, Commander William T. Riker, Frakes directed eight episodes of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" as wells as a number of Next Generation spin-off episodes on "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager" and feature films Star Trek: Insurrection and Star Trek: First Contact. Frakes is also known for his role as David Xanatos in the animated series "Gargoyles" and has directed episodes of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "Falling Skies," "V," "Dollhouse," The Twilight Zone" and "Roswell."
LeVar Burton - Burton played lieutenant commander and the chief engineer Geordi La Forge in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and each of the Next Generation films. He's also appeared in episodes of "Batman: The Animated Series," "Gargoyles," "Captain Planet and the Planeteers," "Super Hero Squad Show," "Transformers: Rescue Bots" and "The Big Bang Theory" as well as voicing the role of Black Lightning in "Superman/Batman: Public Enemies."