It’s a Star Trek: The Next Generation reunion! TrekMovie reports Marina Sirtis and Jonathan Frakes will reunite for season two of the FOX series The Orville.
Sirtis and Frakes played Deanna Troi and William Riker, respectively, on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Meanwhile, The Orville is Star Trek-like comedy series from Seth MacFarlane that follows a spaceship crew as they face off against dangerous alien races and their own personal issues. The cast includes MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Penny Johnson Jerald, Scott Grimes, Peter Macon, Halston Sage, J Lee, Mark Jackson, Chad L. Coleman, and Norm Macdonald.
At the recent Star Trek Las Vegas conference, Frakes announced Sirtis will guest star on season two of The Orville and he will direct. Other guest stars for the upcoming season include F. Murray Abraham, Ron Canada, Tony Todd, and Ted Danson.
Here’s what Sirtis had to say about Frakes as a director:
He is a force of nature and he gets it. There are two types of directors. Directors who like to do whizzy things with the camera and shots and all that. And then there the directors who are really good with actors. They usually fall into two separate groups. This one [pointing to Frakes] is both…The studio loves him, the actors loves him, the crew would walk on glass for him. It’s a happy set. The work gets done. There is no tension. There is no angst. You know you are going to get the work done. You are producing a good product. You got a great guy at the helm. It’s perfect, perfect.”
What do you think? Are you fan of Star Trek: The Next Generation? Do you watch The Orville?