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Chaos on the Bridge (2014)

The story of the struggle to create the television series, Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).

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William Shatner

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William Shatner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Shatner ... Himself - Host
D.C. Fontana D.C. Fontana ... Herself - Writer & Script Consultant, Star Trek: TOS (as Dorothy 'D.C.' Fontana)
David Gerrold David Gerrold ... Himself - Writer, Star Trek: TOS
Maurice Hurley Maurice Hurley ... Himself - Television Writer & Producer
Rick Berman ... Himself - Vice President, Paramount Network Television
Jeffrey Katzenberg ... Himself - Executive, Paramount Pictures
Richard Arnold ... Himself - Research Consultant, Star Trek: TNG
Jeffrey M. Hayes Jeffrey M. Hayes ... Himself - Television Producer, Paramount Network Television
John Pike John Pike ... Himself - President, Paramount Network Television
Susan Sackett Susan Sackett ... Herself - Secretary to Gene Roddenberry
John de Lancie ... Himself - Q, Star Trek: TNG
Denise Crosby ... Herself - Lt. Tasha Yar, Star Trek: TNG
Patrick Stewart ... Himself - Capt. Jean Luc Picard, Star Trek: TNG
Ronald D. Moore ... Himself - Writer, Star Trek: TNG
David Livingston David Livingston ... Himself - Producer, Star Trek: TNG
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Canadian acting legend William Shatner takes viewers inside the creation of Star Trek: The Next Generation, the bold attempt in 1986 to recreate the success of the original television series, in which Shatner played Captain James T. Kirk. The documentary, directed, written and presented by Shatner reveals the drama, chaos and controversy behind the scenes as producers tried to make lighting strike twice. Not only were the beloved original characters of Kirk, Spock and McCoy excluded from the new series, the studio also attempted to block the involvement of the creator of the original series - Gene Roddenberry. Few believed it would work including those closest to the production. Yet Star Trek: The Next Generation went on to enormous success lasting seven seasons and spawning the multi-billion dollar Star Trek franchise, which continues to the present day. Now, more than 25 years later, William Shatner brings together the cast, crew and fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation to present...

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The Untold Story Behind an Iconic Sci-Fi Franchise


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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 2014 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

William Shatner Presents: Chaos on the Bridge See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Dolby SR

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According to an interview with Larry King, William Shatner's original title for this documentary was "Wacky Doodle". He heard the phrase used by one of the show's writer-producers, to describe the intensity of the conflicts that occurred during the making of "Star Trek: The Next Generation". See more »

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William Shatner: Did you realize that the Next Generation it possible to characterize it as Gene Roddenberry's dream of Heaven?
Brannon Braga: I would never have thought that at the time, but now that we're talking, with his conception of the future and human beings in the future and Q, Q is GOD. Just look at the character, look at everything about the character
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References The Questor Tapes (1974) See more »

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Shining Light Behind Closed Doors
8 January 2016 | by ChartskySee all my reviews

I found Mr. Shatner's work here very interesting, well developed, and it contained the real story behind the re-booting of Star Trek with Star Trek -- TNG. I can't imagine the series with any of the final three actors who read for Captain Picard and they were very lucky someone insisted Sir Patrick Stewart get a reading too. I always thought Gene Roddenberry was the driving force behind the franchise . . . and it turns out TNG happened, continued and flourished in spite of him more than because of him. But it's a great example of holding something too tightly -- he was getting older and trying to catch lightning in a bottle the second time. Nothing takes away from the Roddenberry legacy. The story of how Rick Berman became the driving force behind TNG was interesting to learn. I guess I best liked Patrick Stewart's behind-the-scenes recollections since, in many ways, he personifies TNG. There was more than enough new details and information to keep this life-long Trekkie involved.


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