Walter Koenig, plus The Dark Intruder: Next on TVC

We will welcome back actor, author, screenwriter, and director Walter Koenig and screenwriter, documentary filmmaker, and film and TV historian Gary Gerani to the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Friday at 7pm ET and PT on Share-a-Vision

Known throughout the world for playing not one, but two iconic TV characters—the hated, intensely driven Alfred Bester on Babylon 5 and, of course, the perpetually cheerful Pavel Chekhov on the original Star Trek TV series and the first seven Star Trek motion pictures—Walter Koenig is also an accomplished author, screenwriter, director, and producer who continues to leave his mark in the worlds of stage, film, and publishing (including the worlds of comic books and graphic novels). A gifted storyteller, he has delighted two generations of readers with his wry, sly, insightful, and sometimes off-kilter reminiscenses of his life on the stage, on starships, and everything in between.

Walter’s latest book, Beaming Up and Getting Off: Life Before and Beyond Star Trek, is actually two books in one: Part One is a reissue of Walter’s memoir, Warped Factors (originally published in 1997), while Part Two includes nearly 100 new pages of material that brings you up to date on Walter’s life and career over the past twenty-five years. Always candid, and often poignant, Beaming Up and Getting Off walks you through Walter’s growing up years as the son of Russian immigrants in 1940s Manhattan; his formative years as an actor with the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York (where Walter learned his craft alongside such classmates as Christopher Lloyd, Brenda Vaccaro, Jessica Walter, James Caan, and Dabney Coleman); his lifelong love of theatre; his deep appreciation for the many opportunities that Star Trek continues to give him; and so much more. Walter Koenig will join us in our second hour.

Beaming Up and Getting Off: Life Before and Beyond Star Trek is available in hardcover and as an eBook through Jacobs Brown Media Group.

Our first hour will include a return visit by Gary Gerani, sci-fi screenwriter, sci-fi and fantasy film historian, and the author of such books as Fantastic Television, one of the very first books published on genre television.

Speaking of fantastic television, Gary provides commentary for the Blu-ray release of Dark Intruder, a horror/thriller/fantastical type movie starring Leslie Nielsen and Peter Mark Richman that was released in theaters in 1965, but was actually conceived by Universal as a pilot for a prospective TV series, The Black Cloak, about an intrepid investigator who specializes in crimes involving the occult. While Dark Intruder never materialized as a series, it did pave the way for other Universal TV explorations of the occult and the supernatural, including Fear No Evil, Ritual of Evil, Rod Serling’s Night Gallery, The Sixth Sense, and Kolchak: The Night Stalker. We’ll talk to Gary about that, plus we’ll ask about the latest developments about Romantic Mysticism (his upcoming documentary on the life and music of Billy Goldenberg), and some of his other projects.

The Dark Intruder Blu-ray release, available from Kino Lorber, includes commentary by Gary Gerani, plus an interview with Mike Westmore, son of legendary Universal makeup artist Bud Westmore.

Also this week: We will welcome screenwriter and director Giorgio Serafini. Giorgio has written and/or directed more than twenty feature motion pictures both in the U.S. and in Europe, including projects for CBS, Sony, Voltage Pictures, and Lionsgate. Giorgio’s latest movie, Senior Moment, is a delightful romantic comedy starring William Shatner, Jean Smart, and Christopher Lloyd about a retired NASA pilot who must learn how to navigate life and love all over again when he finds himself stripped of his drivers license and unable to drive his beloved vintage Porsche. Filmed on location in Palm Springs, Senior Moment not only features many other familiar faces from the movies and TV, but will remind you of such modern classics as As Good as It Gets and Something’s Gotta Give. Giorgio Serafini will join us in our second hour.

Senior Moment will have a limited theatrical release on Friday, March 26 then become available for viewing on demand on the major streaming platforms.

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