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Star Trek 50th anniversary: 25 episodes to celebrate with

Juliette Harrisson Sep 8, 2016

Toast fifty years of Star Trek with these 25 episodes, drawn from across its TV universe, each celebrating an aspect of the franchise...

It seems unlikely that readers of Den of Geek need to be introduced to Star Trek. Five live-action TV series (soon to be six), one animated series, 13 movies and countless other books, computer games, board games, comic books and other forms of media, all adding up to fifty years of one of the biggest franchises in science fiction history.

Here we’ve collected 25 episodes from across the various Star Trek TV shows that might help you to celebrate Star Trek’s fiftieth birthday. A combination of all-time classics, episodes that sum up the ethos of the series, episodes that celebrate Star Trek itself and episodes that are just plain fun, this selection should have you happily toasting to the next fifty years of this venerable sci-fi institution.
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Focus Lands Amy Welsh Spec

  • Deadline
Focus Features has picked up an untitled feature spec by Amy Welsh, who most recently was supervising producer on the ABC Family series Bunheads, and who has written on sitcoms from Roseanne to It’s Like You Know and Men Behaving Badly. They are keeping the logline under wraps. Jc Spink, Jake Weiner, and Chris Bender are producing for Benderspink, which recently exec produced Ride Along and Hangover 3, and produced We’re The Millers and the just-wrapped Horrible Bosses 2. Welsh is repped by ICM Partners.
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Rip ‘Simpsons’, ‘Thor’ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’ writer Don Payne

  • doorQ.com
Writer Don Payne, who began his writing career on TV in the mid-nineties with episodes of Hope and Gloria, Can’t Hurry Love, Men Behaving Badly, Veronica’s Closet and The Brian Benben Show before becoming writer, producer, supervising producer, co-executive producer and consulting producer of The Simpsons, has passed at 48, losing his long battle with bone cancer. The Simpsons’ showrunner Al Jean stated: “Don was a wonderful writer and an even more wonderful man. He was beloved in the ‘Simpsons’ community and his untimely passing is terrible news to us all.” Payne either wrote or co-wrote 18 episodes of the long-running Fox series beginning in 2000. He segued into screenwriting in 2006 with My Super Ex-Girlfriend, followed by Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, Thor, Maximum Ride and this fall’s Thor: The Dark World. In 2006, he told the website Cinematical that “I’ve always wanted to write features. That’s
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'The Simpsons' and 'Thor' writer Don Payne dies at 48 years old

  • Pop2it
Award-winning writer and producer Don Payne died at home Tuesday, at age 48, according to the La Times. Payne had been suffering from bone cancer, says John Frink, a friend and former writing partner.

A Wilmington, N.C. native, Payne graduated from UCLA with a master's degree in screenwriting. He had intended to work in the movie industry, but Frink was interested in television. Happy with finding work in any medium, the pair got their first writing job on the 1995 sitcom "Hope & Gloria."

They continued finding work in sitcoms, including "Men Behaving Badly," "Veronica's Closet," and "The Brian Benben Show," before they joined the writing staff at "The Simpsons" in 1998. With the show, he won four Emmy Awards.

Payne was able to eventually make the jump to writing for film with 2006's "My Super Ex-Girlfriend." He followed that movie by writing the screenplay for "Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
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'Thor', 'The Simpsons' writer Don Payne dies

Screenwriter Don Payne has died, it has been announced.

Payne is best known for writing several episodes of The Simpsons and co-writing the screenplay to Thor and its upcoming sequel Thor: The Dark World.

Details of his death have yet to be released.

Thor stars Kat Dennings and Jaimie Alexander tweeted about Payne's death today (March 27).

Don Payne won four Emmy Awards for his work on The Simpsons. He wrote 16 episodes of the Fox animation, serving as a consulting producer for 100 episodes.

He also wrote the screenplays for Uma Thurman comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and the upcoming Maximum Ride.

Payne had worked on several TV sitcoms in the 1990s, including Hope & Gloria, Pride & Joy, Can't Hurry Love, Men Behaving Badly, Veronica's Closet and The Brian Benben Show.

For many years, he worked with fellow screenwriter John Frink.

Dennings described Payne as "a wonderful,
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R.I.P. Don Payne, writer for The Simpsons and Thor

Don Payne, a writer who penned both Thor movies, as well as many episodes of The Simpsons, has died. His longtime Simpsons associate Mike Scully broke the news on Twitter. After working for many years on sitcoms such as Veronica's Closet and Men Behaving Badly, Payne, a longtime comics fan, co-wrote the screenplays for three comic-book movies—Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer, Thor, and the upcoming Thor: The Dark World—as well as the superhero comedy, My Super Ex-Girlfriend. He also penned 16 episodes of The Simpsons, including “Thursdays With Abie,” “Love, Springfieldian Style,” and “Simpsons Christmas ...
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NBC Developing Marching Band Comedy Set In New Orleans

  • Deadline TV
Exclusive: NBC has put in development The Swamp, a single-camera musical comedy from writer-director Tom Brady, Werner Entertainment and Warner Bros. TV. Set in musically rich New Orleans, The Swamp follows the misadventures of a scramble-style college marching band and its unlikeliest of mentors. Named after the name of the off-campus house where the band members reside, the show is described as a contemporary character comedy with social commentary and musical performances. Brady executive produces with Werner’s Tom Werner and Mike Clements. The Swamp reunites Brady with Werner Entertainment after Brady executive produced the company’s MTV animated series Good Vibes. His other series credits include The Simpsons, Sports Night and Men Behaving Badly. This is Warner Bros.-based Werner Entertainment’s second sale this season. The company also has a comedy produced by Chelsea Handler and starring comedian Heather McDonald at Fox.
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Obituary: Actress Kathryn Joosten

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Kathryn Joosten (2nd from l.) with (l. to r.) Teri Hatcher, Marcia Cross, Dana Delany and Eva Longoria in Desperate Housewives.

After saving the day in the finale episodes of TV’s Desperate Housewives as Karen McCluskey this past season, actress Kathryn Joosten died Saturday, June 2, 2012, of lung cancer. She was 72.

McCluskey won Joosten two Emmy Awards, for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2005 and 2008, but she was also well known by fans of TV’s The West Wing as the President’s executive secretary Dolores Landingham, who convinced the Chief to run for a second term.

Joosten, who made the move to Hollywood to be an actress later in life, was celebrated by Cracked.com as one of “5 Famous People Who Succeeded Long After They Should’ve Quit.” After a career as a nurse, Joosten pursued acting when she was a single mother of two in her forties.
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TV Review: Cultures Clash in CBS’s Mediocre Comedy ‘Rob!’

  • HollywoodChicago.com
Chicago – After an absolute train wreck like ABC’s “Work It” and something that comes close to disaster in NBC’s “Are You There, Chelsea,” there’s something nearly-satisfying about a mediocre sitcom like “Rob!” The latest effort to find a hit in the coveted post-“Big Bang Theory” slot is certainly better than the last two (“S**t My Dad Says,” “How to Be a Gentleman”) but that is the definition of faint praise. This is still mediocre comedy, the kind of show that you might enjoy if you stumble upon it but that you don’t need to set a Season Pass for any time soon.

Television Rating: 3.0/5.0

Rob Schneider has always looked uncomfortable on film in comedies like “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” and “Grown Ups,” but he was often very funny in his time on “Saturday Night Live” and even delivered on the short-lived “Men Behaving Badly.
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Exclusive: Ron Eldard Talks Super 8 Blu-ray

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Exclusive: Ron Eldard Talks Super 8 Blu-ray
Ron Eldard discusses J.J. Abrams Super 8 coming home on Blu-ray and DVD November 22nd

Prepare to be swept away by the adventure and mystery of director J.J. Abrams's summer smash Super 8, as it makes its way to Blu-ray and DVD just in time for Thanksgiving this Tuesday, November 22nd.

The film revolves around a group of young teenagers who capture a terrifying secret on their Super 8 camera while making a home movie. Ron Eldard stars as Louis Dainard, a character that serves as a key piece to this mysterious puzzle. In anticipation of the movie's impending home release, we caught up with Ron to learn more about the film, and how much of it still remains a mystery to him.

Here is our conversation.

When Super 8 came out in theaters, it had such a mystery wrapped around it. How much did you actually know about
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CBS picks up Rob Schneider comedy for midseason

CBS has added a comedy starring "Saturday Night Live" alum and frequent Adam Sandler co-star Rob Schneider to its midseason slate.

The show, which Schneider also co-created, is about a guy who's been on his own for most of his adult life and marries into a close-knit Mexican-American family. It's loosely based on his own life.

Spanish actress Claudia Bassols will play his new wife in the series. Cheech Marin, Diana Maria Riva, Eugenio Derbez and Lupe Ontiveros are also in the cast. Schneider, Lew Morton ("SNL," "NewsRadio") and Eric and Kim Tannenbaum ("Two and a Half Men") will serve as executive producers.

The untitled show was in the mix for a pickup in May at CBS' upfronts. The network didn't commit right away but ordered a new pilot with several roles recast. That one passed muster and will join the rookie-cops drama "The 2-2" as the network's midseason entrants.
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CBS Gives Rob Schneider’s Family Comedy Midseason Series Order

  • Deadline TV
Rob Schneider is officially returning to primetime. CBS has handed a midseason series order to Schneider’s untitled family comedy. I hear the pickup is for eight episodes. While it was tracking well, the pilot didn’t make the cut for a fall series order at the upfronts, but CBS liked it enough to order a revamped second pilot that included major casting changes as well as several backup scripts. The multi-camera comedy, which Schneider co-wrote with Lew Morton based on the actor’s real-life experiences, stars Schneider as Rob, a confirmed bachelor who has just married into a tight-knit Mexican-American family. Spanish actress Claudia Bassols plays his wife, Maggie. Diana Maria Riva plays his mother-in-law, Rosa. Both roles were recast from the pilot, as was the role of Schneider’s father-in-law, now played by Cheech Marin. Remaining from the original cast are Schneider, Eugenio Derbez as the wife’s
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Thor 2 Lands Screenwriter Don Payne

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Thor 2 Lands Screenwriter Don Payne
One of the big news items yesterday was Marvel and Disney's announcement that Thor 2 is moving foward, with a release date set for June 26, 2013. Today, the studios hired screenwriter Don Payne to write the script for their new sequel.

Don Payne was one of the credited writers who worked on Thor, which has taken in over $437 million worldwide since its release in May. Marvel and Disney still need to find a director, though, since yesterday's report indicated Thor director Kenneth Branagh is not returning for Thor 2.

Aside from Thor, Don Payne wrote the screenplays for My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. He also wrote for TV shows such as The Simpsons and Men Behaving Badly.

Our story from yesterday also indicated Chris Hemsworth is returning to Thor 2 as the title character. No other cast members have been announced yet for the superhero sequel.

Thor 2 comes to theaters July 26th,
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CBS Orders Two New Comedy Pilots, Including Rob Schneider Series

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CBS Orders Two New Comedy Pilots, Including Rob Schneider Series
CBS has picked up two new comedy pilots, the first being based on the life of, and starring, Rob Schneider, tvguide.com is reporting. The former ‘Saturday Night Live’ performer will also produce and co-write the series, which focuses on a lonely bachelor who marries a Mexican woman from a large, tight-knit family. Another former ‘SNL’ performer, Lew Morton, helped write the script. Schneider and Morton will executive-produce the series, alongside ‘Two and a Half Men’ producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum. The series will mark Schneider’s return to television after his 1996 NBC comedy ‘Men Behaving Badly.’ The second comedy CBS has picked up is ‘Home Grown,’ from ‘That ’70s Show’ writers Jeff [...]
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CBS Picks Up Rob Schneider Comedy Pilot And Sitcom From Jeff & Jackie Filgo

  • Deadline TV
CBS has given the green light to two family comedy pilots, an untitled project starring Rob Schneider and Home Grown, from That '70s Show alums Jeff and Jackie Filgo. This marks the second pilot for the Filgos, who have also come on board Marisa Coughlan's multicamera comedy pilot for ABC Lost and Found as executive producers/showrunners. Both pilots are from Warner Bros. TV. The untitled Rob Schneider project, from CBS TV Studios and the Tannenbaum  Co., was written by Schneider and fellow Saturday Night Live alum Lew Morton. It is based on Schneider's life and centers on a solitary guy who marries into a huge Mexican-American family. The project originally landed at CBS in October with a script commitment. Morton, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum (Two and a Half Men) are executive producing, with Schneider and his brother John Schneider producing through their From Out of Nowhere Prods. This
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ABC Announces Midseason Premiere Dates for Happy Endings and Mr. Sunshine

  • Collider.com
Midseason schedules have already been announced from Fox and NBC, but now ABC has revealed their plans for the midseason with the premieres of the new comedy series Mr. Sunshine starring Matthew Perry and Happy Endings featuring Elisha Cuthbert (24). As a result of the new comedy premieres, Courtney Cox’s Cougar Town will not return to the schedule until Wednesday, April 13th. Starting that same Wednesday ABC will premiere a three-hour comedy block starting with The Middle and concluding with Modern Family Fan Favorite episodes. For a full rundown of the new schedule and details on ABC’s two new comedy series premieres, hit the jump.

Mr. Sunshine follows Ben Donovan (Matthew Perry), a self-involved manager of a San Diego sports arena, the Sunshine Center, where curious mishaps and bizarre requests are nothing more than ordinary. Allison Janney (The West Wing) also joins in the laughs as his boss and arena owner Crystal,
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ABC's Mid-Season Schedule & The Whole Truth Yanked

ABC is one of the last networks to announce its mid-season schedule.  Today it announced that two of its mid-season shows - Mr. Sunshine & Happy Endings - will be making their debuts on February 9 and April 13 respectively.  Cougar Town will also be on hiatus until April 13.  ABC's goal is to create a three hour comedy block on Wednesday nights beginning April 13.  The newest drama by Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice creator Shonda Rhimes - Off the Map - will premiere on January 12 on Wednesday nights and will be replaced by Happy Endings when its run ends.

It was also announced today that ABC is yanking The Whole Truth from its schedule immediately.  Despite the show being canceled, seven episodes had still be completed and were scheduled to be aired, but it looks like that won't be happening.  Find full details of ABC's mid-season schedule below.

Matthew Perry Returns to Television
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CBS Picks Up Family Comedy Starring Rob Schneider & Produced By Tannenbaums

  • Deadline TV
Exclusive: Eric and Kim Tannenbaum are fashionably late to the marketplace in their first development season at their new home, CBS TV Studios. But their last-minute comedy sale to CBS is a big one: a half-hour starring Rob Schneider in his first TV series gig in 13 years. The untitled project, to be written by Lew Morton (Saturday Night Live, Big Lake) and Schneider, is based on Schneider's life and centers on a solitary guy who marries into a huge Mexican-American family. Morton, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum are executive producing, with Schneider and his brother John Schneider producing through their From Out of Nowhere Prods. CBS TV Studios and the Tannenbaum Co. are producing the comedy, which has received a script order. SNL alum Schneider's last major TV gig was as a star of the comedy Men Behaving Badly, which ran on NBC from 1996-97. He has since been focused on films,
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Family Man: Showrunner Steve Levitan

Steve Levitan, 47, is known for creating the TV series Just Shoot Me! Stark Raving Mad, Stacked, Back to You, with varying degrees of success. He's also known for being highly vocal in his displeasure with the networks (like NBC and Fox) at times. And, in the words of one producer, "for being the only Jew in Hollywood who wears a 44 long". But the veteran writer/producer -- who won an Emmy Award as executive producer of Frasier and has written for the Larry Sanders Show, Men Behaving Badly, The Wonder Years and other comedy shows -- is now a happy guy at the helm ABC’s Wednesday night sitcom hit Modern Family, which he co-runs with Chris Lloyd. While he has some strong feelings about the state of the TV industry, he admits in this Showrunner Q&A with Deadline contributor Diane Haithman -- done before Modern Family was nominated
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Mandabach inks comedy deal with BBC

BBC has signed a first-look development deal with Caryn Mandabach, veteran producer of comedy hits like The Cosby Show and Roseanne. Mandabach, who left independent production outfit Carsey-Werner-Mandabach in August, will set up a United Kingdom-based company as part of the deal, which calls for her to develop five comedy scripts for BBC. One is already in development with writer Simon Nye, whose comedy Men Behaving Badly was adapted by CWM -- now known as Carsey-Werner -- as an NBC sitcom in 1996. "I have loved British comedy for as long as I can remember," Mandabach said. "I dare say that the deal is spectacular because it shows such a faith in me. I'm truly humbled."

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