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Creation Remembers Celeste Yarnall, Part of Our Star Trek Family

Creation Entertainment joins our Trek family around the world in mourning the loss of Celeste Yarnall, who recently passed away after a four-year battle with ovarian cancer.

Our beautiful Celeste was ever present at our Star Trek shows over the course of almost two decades, and always gave generously of her time with her fans. She had a remarkable career. First discovered by Ozzie and Harriet Nelson in 1962, she appeared on their show, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, and then went on to make her film debut in the Jerry Lewis classic film The Nutty Professor.

In 1967 she was cast as Yeoman Martha Landon in the Star Trek Original Series episode “The Apple” -- a memorable role in which she played Chekov’s love interest and teaches the people of a primitive planet about love. It’s an episode fans still talk about today. A year later she starred opposite Elvis Presley in Live A Little, Love A Little.

Some fans may not be aware she authored several books on holistic pet care and was co-partner of Celestial Pets, which offers holistic health care and advice for animals and their owners. Celeste also wrote guest blogs detailing her illness on StarTrek.com. We salute the life and career of this talented and lovely lady.

Join us at our annual Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas in 2019 to share your memories of Celeste as we honor her and other notables who are no longer with us. RIP Celeste, you remain always a part of Star Trek history and in the hearts of the thousands of fans you were so gracious to at our events.


CBS All Access Is Rolling Out ‘Star Trek: Short Treks’



Get ready for some Star Trek: Discovery action when CBS All Access launches the first of its Star Trek: Short Treks series on October 4.

The four individual vignettes – featuring Tilly (Mary Wiseman), Saru (Doug Jones), Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson, who directs his segment as well) and a new character, Craft (Aldis Hodge) – give fans more of an opportunity to get to know these characters and highlight some of the key themes explored in Star Trek: Discovery. Each short will air on the first Thursday of the month, starting with October and running through January -- all before the highly anticipated premiere of Discovery Season 2 in 2019.

The Star Trek: Short Treks will roll out as follows (courtesy of StarTrek.com ):

Runaway” – Thursday, Oct. 4
Onboard the U.S.S. Discovery, Ensign Tilly (Mary Wiseman) encounters an unexpected visitor in need of help. However, this unlikely pair may have more in common than meets the eye. Written by Jenny Lumet and Alex Kurtzman. Directed by Maja Vrvilo.

Calypso” – Thursday, Nov. 8
After waking up in an unfamiliar sickbay, Craft (Aldis Hodge) finds himself on board a deserted ship, and his only companion and hope for survival is an A.I. computer interface. Teleplay by Michael Chabon. Story by Sean Cochran and Michael Chabon. Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi.

The Brightest Star” – Thursday, Dec. 6
Before he was the first Kelpien to join Starfleet, Saru (Doug Jones) lived a simple life on his home planet of Kaminar with his father and sister. Young Saru, full of ingenuity and a level of curiosity uncommon among his people, yearns to find out what lies beyond his village, leading him on an unexpected path. Written by Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt. Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski.

The Escape Artist” – Thursday, Jan. 3
Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson), back to his old tricks of stealing and double-dealing, finds himself in a precarious position aboard a hostile ship – just in time to try out his latest con. Written by Michael McMahan. Directed by Rainn Wilson.

Check out the teaser trailer!



Reflections from STLV 2018: A Fan Perspective

By Kit Bowen


While I’ve only been working with the fantastic team at Creation Entertainment a short time, I am amazed at what they accomplish on a regular basis. The events they put on are truly something special, giving fans of such shows as Supernatural a unique experience with their favorite stars.

The Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas, however, is the jewel in Creation’s crown, and I was fortunate enough to attend this past August – as both an employee AND as a fan. And yeah, I was definitely blown away by it all.

I started watching the original Star Trek in syndication as a kid and was immediately hooked. Even at a young age, my tastes ran more towards the fantasy and sci-fi, with shows like The Twilight Zone and Lost in Space being some of my favs. Star Trek fit right into that, and I was ready for space exploration with Kirk, Spock, Bones, Chekov, Uhura, Scotty and Sulu. More than ready.

When they brought the Star Trek TV franchise back to life with Star Trek: The Next Generation in the late ‘80s, I was reticent to watch it because I was old school and felt loyalty for the original series and movies. Why? Who knows, and in retrospect, it was kind of silly because I started watching TNG a few years after the first season premiered – and was immediately a fan. Jean-Luc Picard, Riker, Data and the gang were equally as compelling as the original cast.

I did, however, stop watching Star Trek series after TNG, so I missed out on Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. Again, no real reason why except I just didn’t feel compelled as I once did. There were other shows that captured my attention like The X-Files and then later, Lost and Fringe. (After this convention, though, I may want to revisit some of those shows).

Then CBS announced in 2016 that they were kick-starting the franchise once again with Star Trek: Discovery. I sort of felt that same pang of loyalty but enough time had passed for my curiosity to be piqued. Discovery premiered late last year on CBS’ streaming service, CBS All Access, and I gave it a shot. I was not disappointed. The series, which takes place sometime before Kirk and the gang take over, starts off a little dry but the characters draw you in. Then, when the whole thing twists around, introduces a Mirror Universe and kills off characters, I was, well, hooked. Again.

Going into this spectacular official Star Trek convention in Las Vegas, I knew it would mean a little more to me than just being a member of Creation Entertainment team. And boy, did it ever! It was five days filled with pure Star Trek joy and adulation. From the Promenade, which featured sets, props and all kinds of cool stuff, to the expansive vendors room, to the AMAZING panels, it was nothing short of fantastic. I was in Trek heaven.

Plus, there were all the celebrities in attendance, from the biggies like William Shatner, George Takei and Kate Mulgrew, to the whole cast from Discovery, to even Patrick Stewart making a surprise appearance to announce he was reprising his role as Picard! I’m getting all goosepimply again just thinking about it.

There were also many guests who had tables in the vendors room, signing autographs for their fans, which I thought was pretty awesome. This was where you could find the TNG cast, like Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton and Brent Spiner -- and even those actors who made a guest appearance on an episode that is now a cult classic (like the original Captain Christopher Pike was there!)

For me, though, here’s a small moment I won’t forget: There was a Star Trek original episode called “The Man Trap,” in which Dr. McCoy visits a planet and reunites with an old flame, Nancy. Except it’s not Nancy but actually a shape-shifting creature that sucks the salt out of its victims. Fans called it the “Salt Vampire,” but I just called it the “Salt-Sucking Monster” because that thing gave me nightmares for years as a kid. So, as I’m walking around the vendors room, I see a lovely woman, Sandy Gimpel, sitting at her table -- with images of her AS THE SALT-SUCKING MONSTER. She was the stunt person inside that horrible costume, and I couldn’t believe it. I went up to Ms. Gimpel, introduced myself and told her about my nightmares, seeing that creature in the corner of my room. I added she must get that a lot, and she laughed, replying, “From grown men.”

Check out some of the other fan reactions from the convention!

That’s just the kind of thing a huge fan of the franchise could experience when they came to this convention, and I was just thrilled to be a part of it. I can’t wait for next year!

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Finds Its New Spock

Ethan Peck

Ethan Peck, the grandson of the legendary actor Gregory Peck, has been cast as Spock in the upcoming Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery. Peck will be playing the half-human, half-Vulcan Science Officer of the U.S.S. Enterprise and foster brother to Discovery’s Michael Burnham, played by Sonequa Martin-Green.

Spock has remained one of the most iconic characters in the Star Trek universe, originated by the late great Leonard Nimoy and then later played by the talented Zachary Quinto in the J.J. Abrams’ films.

"Through 52 years of television and film, a parallel universe and a mirror universe, Mr. Spock remains the only member of the original bridge crew to span every era of Star Trek," Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman said in a statement. "The great Leonard Nimoy, then the brilliant Zachary Quinto, brought incomparable humanity to a character forever torn between logic and emotion. We searched for months for an actor who would, like them, bring his own interpretation to the role. An actor who would, like them, effortlessly embody Spock’s greatest qualities, beyond obvious logic: empathy, intuition, compassion, confusion, and yearning. Ethan Peck walked into the room inhabiting all of these qualities, aware of his daunting responsibility to Leonard, Zack, and the fans, and ready to confront the challenge in the service of protecting and expanding on Spock’s legacy. In that spirit, we’re thrilled to welcome him to the family.”

For more on this exciting news, go to StarTrek.com!



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