New chapter begins on Star Trek series

GOOD MORNING: Monday was the final day of seven years of success — and in one month, another chapter begins. I’m talking about “Star Trek: Voyager,” which filmed its last scene Monday. And the sets are in final stages at Par for a totally new cast for the next “Star Trek” series. Predecessors “Next Generation,” “Deep Space” and “Voyager” each ran seven years with Rick Berman, creator-exec producer, at the helm after Gene Roddenberry took him out of Par’s TV exec department in 1986 to head the series with him. Berman has completed 526 one-hour shows. While the ink isn’t dry, it’s probable that the next series of one-hour shows will air via UPN, as did “Voyager.” (The original series was on NBC.) Berman’s also readying a fall start of “Star Trek — 10,” the next bigscreen feature now being written by John Logan, to star the same cast as the previous three features (7-9), all starring the “Next Generation” cast … What happens if there’s a strike (or two)? Berman noted, “There are no strikes in the 24th century.” As for films on terra firma, Berman admitted he eventually hopes to do a pic “in which the cast wears sneakers, and they drive cars” … HBO-Rastar signed Arthur Hiller to direct “Say Nothing,” a dramatic love story with far more twists and turns than the 1970 “Love Story,” which won him an Oscar nomination. It will star Armand Assante, Nastassia Kinski and Hart Bochner. Hiller’s readying an April 23 start in Halifax, with other locations in the Caribbean. Steve and Madeline Sunshine scripted; MaryKay Powell and Ellen Wander produce.

ACHOREOGRAPHER for “On Golden Pond”? Yes indeed and no less than Oscar-winner Michael Kidd, who will create a number for Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer in CBS’ “live” (April 29) two-hour telecast of the Ernest Thompson play that was on B’way (Tom Aldrich and Frances Sternhagen) and bigscreen (Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn). Thompson adapted for TV and directs the small screener; Craig Anderson, who directed on B’way in 1979, exec produces. In an early scene of the vidversion, Andrews and Plummer, in a tender moment in the cabin at the pond, will be seen dancing as a record player spins a tune … Isaac Mizrahi did an impression of Katharine Hepburn after he emceed a screening of “The Philadelphia Story” at Jean Doumanian’s Sweetland Screening Room. The screening was an auction item at the Open Your Heart benefit for Bailey house. In Style’s managing editor Martha Nelson bid $4,000 for the package, which stated that not only would Mizrahi choose the film to be screened, but that he’d also host the evening. The impersonation was an extra; he said he had to leave early because he was being faxed the script of Woody Allen’s current film. It’s his third appearance for Woody; the first was as a chef in “Smalltime Crooks,” which was produced by Doumanian … Universal Records senior VP of promotion Steve Leeds cohosts his annual Multiple Sclerosis Walks with WXRK’s Gary Dell’Abate and Michelle Lipman, April 22 at the Ben Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood, N.J. Leeds’ wife Wendy, former radio programmer at WQCD, has MS … On a warm (in the 70s) Monday in N.Y., producer Lou DiGiamo and Bobby Zarem were lunching at Da Silvano; DiGiamo wants to do a series based on the life of Zarem. It would go where an earlier (CBS-Witt-Thomas) attempt at filming the flack’s life failed, with Jeff Tambor playing Bobby and Melanie Griffith as his ever-suffering secretary. How could they put his colorful language on network TV, anyhow?.

HOW DID THE “THIRTEEN DAYS” troupe wing out to Havana Monday sans detour flights via Mexico? The Treasury Dept. OK’d the plane including Kevin Costner, Armyan Bernstein and Peter Almond, deeming the trek a cultural exchange program. The initial screening was skedded for Monday p.m., and the filmmakers are skedded to remain in Cuba for a week of showings/confabs, etc. … What do John Travolta and Chow Yun-Fat have in common? Yun-Fat will do the voiceover for Terl in an animated series of 20, one-hour animated segs of the L. Ron Hubbard “Battlefield Earth” produced by Pine Com Intl. … Add international news: Tony Curtis, Martin Scorsese and Max Von Sydow were honored last night by Italian President Ciampi at the Presidential Palace. They were given the David di Donatella Award on the award’s 50th anni … The inaugural World Stunt Awards will be held May 20 at the Santa Monica Barker Hangar. ABC will air in early summer. The first Taurus Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented in addition to recognition of the great stunt actors and actresses who make the impossible — possible … The Golden State Boxers’ Assn. will honor Robert Conrad among others at the April 21 event at the Spaghetti Factory in Hollywood. Sports stars attending include Jim Brown, Al Joyner, Ken Norton, Mike Weaver, Carlos Palomino, Bill Harmatz and Myron Berliner … Jacqueline Bisset is bicoastal: She’ll be honored at the annual Avignon N.Y. Film Fest April 16-22 and at the L.A. Film Fest, April 22-23, with screenings of seven of her films … And Joel Grey who appears as an underworld god in the season finale of “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer,” wings to L.A. Wednesday to reprise his role as Ronald the angel in “Touched by an Angel.” P.S. Wednesday is also his birthday.

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