G & T Show 33 – Entertainment Tonight with Dayton Ward
G & T Show Episode 33 is now available for downloading. Check it out here. This week, Nick and Teri delivers a Star Trek Las Vegas Update, Star Trek 12 News, a new Ask Dayton, and an interview with the man himself, Dayton Ward. Give it a listen, and tell a friend to join you.
Kicking the show off, Nick tells us that Teri is in a mood this morning and that she should let it go. Teri explains her mood as being the result of reading political tweets on a Sunday morning. They chase a Jamaican squirrel before getting to the big news this week. Dayton Ward will be here during the second hour of the show to tell us about his new book, That Which Divides. So tell a friend and stay tuned.
Nick is already halfway through the new book, while Teri hasn’t started reading it due to an unexpected issue with her Sony Ereader. During a visit from a Seattle Squirrel, Nick shares with us that Nancy Wilson from Heart is divorcing Cameron Crow.
Teri brings us back on topic with Star Trek 12 News and discusses the hoopla that the leaked photos and a new video from the set stirred up. Damon Lindelhoff tweeted this week that he found it repulsive that sites would post leaked photos and videos. However, they point out that this type of viral marketing has been a staple of Bad Robot for a long time. Nick believes that it’s all an act to draw even more attention to it and goes on to say that he believes that the twist is going to be Mary Czerwinski as Dr. Dehner.
Teri stated that Bad Robot’s reputation for leaking photos and more seems to work, because it gets people (including the G & T Show) talking about Star Trek 12, while it’s still in production. Nick, then, points out that she was the one tweeting like a madwoman on Friday when she found out.
It reminds Teri that they need to get Chase Masterson and James Kerwin to discuss their upcoming film project, R. U. R. She’s interested in learning about the process of making an independent science fiction film on a low budget. She goes on to discuss Star Wreck, a Finnish company that produced an independent Star Trek Parody film with amazing special effects. They are the same company that is doing Iron Sky, a film about Nazis from the moon that out sold Angelina Jolie’s film at a recent Berlinale Film Festival. They chase an Angelina squirrel and discuss her ability to market herself and her recent foray into directing: In the Land of Blood and Honey.
After ensuring that this week’s show was being recorded, Nick quoted Goodfellas, which sparked a conversation about Ray Liotta. Nick states that he would like to see Ray make an appearance in Star Trek and even put forth the idea that he could have easily passed for Christopher Pike, since he resembles Jeffrey Hunter. They agreed with the chat room, when someone said that Ray Liotta plays a bad guy role very well. Nick mentions that he had seen Ray on Conan not long ago to discuss a little movie that he’d been working on.
They move on to the STLV Update. They recap last week’s additions before telling us that Ben Vereen (Pippin and Roots), who played Geordi LaForge‘s father in an episode of TNG, will be making his first convention appearance on Thursday. Michael Snyder (Crewman Dax from Star Trek VI), Lisa Wilcox (Yuta from The Vengeance Factor), and Elizabeth Dennehy (Commander Shelby) will also be present. In his best Batman voice, Nick sends Creation Entertainment a message: “Get Ronny Cox (Jellico). Teri wants Cox! Nick, then, summarizes a number of Star Trek Conventions including: Creation’s Philadelphia Star Trek Con, Creation’s Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo, and Hub Star Trek 2012 among others. For a full list, dates, and guests for these conventions, please refer here for more information.
Nick brings up the website stats for the G & T Show’s website. We thank everyone for clicking on our homepage and registering on our forums.Nick shares with us that Leonard Nimoy has agreed to provide the voice of Spock in a Sheldon dream sequence for an upcoming episode of The Big Bang Theory to be aired on March 29th. Nick, then, shares his favorite moment from the show, when Penny gave Sheldon a Leonard Nimoy autographed napkin for Christmas. Bill Prady, a lead writer for Big Bang Theory tweet-leaks a picture of the script with a prop covering the title. This week, he tweeted a pic of the script with a type 1 phaser.
Teri, then, shares with us Chris and Charity Wood’s good news. They co-own Subspace Communique, a site that offers Star Trek news and more. Last week, Charity announced that she was granted an official product license by CBS so that she can sell her Star Trek art on her new website, Bye Bye Robot. We send our congratulations and ask our listeners to support her work. Teri also reminds everyone to check out Geek Nation Tours and support Larry Nemecek and Teras’ tour of Star Trek sights in and around LA leading up to STLV.
Nick moves us along to this week’s Ask Dayton #18 – Dayton’s Star Trek Villain List. After reading the question, Teri comments about how much she loves that our audience chases squirrels almost as much as they do. We appreciate your efforts and urge you to continue submitting questions to [email protected] or post them on our forums. Nick finishes the Ask Dayton.
They discuss the idea of a Vanguard television series. Teri asked Nick, who would he cast as Diego? Before he could answer, Teri hit him with another question: Who would he cast as T’Prynn? Nick’s first choice was Emma Stone, but admitted that she was too young for the role. Then, he momentarily mused on Cindy Crawford, but ultimately decided on Dakota Fanning to play T’Prynn. Teri considered her choices, and hoped that Hollywood would consider a middle aged woman for the role. The chat room suggested Angelina Jolie, but Teri said that she would never do it for TV. For the role of Pennington, Nick suggested James Woods. Teri agreed, but pointed out that Pennington is Scottish. Returning to the original question concerning the role of Diego, Nick suggested Bruce Greenwood, but Teri disagreed and wanted someone of Latin decent. Nick brought us full circle when he suggested Ray Liotta for the role of Diego Reyes. Finally, for the role of Desai, Teri suggested Big Bang Theory’s Priya, Aarti Mann. However, Nick realized that Teri was a bit confused, and suggested that Aarti Mann would be better suited for the role of Katami.
Renown Star Trek author, and our very own, Dayton Ward joined the show. After a brief introduction, they continued with the speculation of who they would like to see cast in a Vanguard television show. Dayton, however, felt that he wouldn’t be able to offer an unbiased opinion on the subject, since he’s been working with David Mack’s characters for so long. It was difficult for him to imagine them as anyone else. As an example, he says that the role of Diego was inspired by Tommy Lee Jones. He also gives Nick a hard time for his choice of Dakota Fanning as T’Prynn.
The subject of the interview turns towards the Ask Dayton and the questions he receives each week. He admits that he’s always curious to see what we will ask him next. Although, Teri tries to bring up the new book, Nick shares that Dayton recently gave @StarfleetMom her own catch phrase. Dayton explains that he’s excited to meet her and others at this year’s Comic Con in San Diego.
He will be there Wednesday night for the preview and will be in attendance through Sunday for the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers panel, which will either be on Friday or Saturday afternoon. The panel will be giving out this year’s awards for Best Adapted Novel, Best Original Novel, and more. He also mentions that there will be a new category for Best Audio Program. He was surprised by the amount of audio productions that there are out there. Sadly, they seem to be more popular in the UK than they are over here. They discuss some of the Fan Productions and their use of the Internet to produce and distribute their shows. Dayton says that he enjoys audio dramas and hopes that they would realize that there is a market for that type of content.
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Returning to our interview with Dayton Ward, Teri brings up That Which Divides, which was published on February 28th. Teri admits that she’s still waiting for her hard copy to arrive, since her Sony eReader died on her earlier in the week, she has not been able to start reading it. Nick shares that he’s got it for his Kindle. He reassures Dayton that it looks good, despite what Dayton had heard concerning unintended formatting issues with some eBook formats. Teri explains that some older books may have formatting issues, but the newer titles should not any formatting issues with them. She then mentions an issue that most ebooks have with the conversion process from one format to another via PDF. Dayton cites that as one of the primary reasons why he hasn’t picked up an ereader yet. He wants one that can handle all of the formats, not just a select few. He, then, asked whether ebooks have a table of contents that would enable readers to jump to various parts of book easily. Older books do not have the feature, but newer books do. Meanwhile, Teri announced that she found Dayton’s book on iTunes and picked it up for her iPad.
Nick had noticed that his Kindle offers Text to Speech capabilities for some books, but not for Star Trek books. Dayton knew that they had it disabled, but wasn’t sure as to the reason why. Teri explained that the issue pertains to that particular technology’s ability to circumvent the need for voice actors. However, the policy doesn’t aid those individuals that are sight impaired. Dayton explained the issues with the market for audio books and how they have been experimenting with various delivery methods, such as iTunes and MP3 CDs among others. They all agree that Text-To-Speech functionality should be enabled. Dayton takes a moment to share a few of his favorite voice actors.
Steering the discussion back to Dayton’s book, Nick asks where did the genesis for this story come from and how much fun was it to play in this universe with these characters? Dayton shares that his and Kevin Dilmore’s inspiration for the book came from Ice Road Truckers. Since the book takes place during what would have been the fourth year of the Original Series, they included some of the characters from the animated series.
Nick mentions that he really enjoys the way Dayton portrayed the Romulans in the book. Teri commented on the cover and compared it to those created for Vanguard. Dayton explains that he doesn’t get a lot of say on what gets used on the cover, but he shares a story about an early version that featured a Klingon ship in the background and the all the trouble he went to make them understand that the story itself doesn’t feature the Klingons. he goes on to talk about the covers created by Doug Drexler for Vanguard. He admits that he likes the cover and would like a print without the text to include with the handful of covers that he has framed and has hanging around his home.
Speaking of the Vanguard covers and Doug Drexler, Nick offers a correction to last week’s show. The cover to the Ships of the Line Calendar is not the cover from Reap the Whirlwind. It was just a place holder. We apologize for the error and send warm greetings to Doug Drexler. Dayton takes a moment to talk about Doug and some of the cover work that he’s done.
Teri mentions that it’s difficult to discuss the new book without giving away any spoilers, so she changes the subject and asks about any projects that he’s working on now. Dayton is currently working on a project, but is unable to discuss anything too specific about it at this time. Nick asks if he’s read David Mack’s conclusion to Vanguard? Briefly, he explained that he was involved in blocking out the progress of the last two books.
Nick, then, asked about a Vanguard panel at Shoreleave this year. Dayton reminds him that he and Kevin will not be there. Kevin will be helping his daughter move into her college dorm, while Dayton will be in San Diego for Comic Con. Next month, April 20th, Dayton and Kevin will be at Star Fest in Denver. Nick asked if he was going to be attending STLV this year. Dayton hasn’t ruled it out, but hasn’t decided to go either. Nick and Teri share with him some of our plans for getting a table in the vendor’s area for STLV. Teri thinks it’s a shame that Pocket Books won’t get a booth to introduce new fans to the expanded universe of Star Trek books.
Dayton shares with us that he’s familiar with Star Trek Online, but does not play. Since it’s gone free to play, the number of people in game has increased significantly. Dayton has the Collector’s Edition and was curious to see how the star trek story line would be handled within the game. Nick shifts the conversation to his recent experiences with the Myriad Universe and the difficulty he’s had with it, because of it’s lack of continuity. As a comic book fan, Dayton doesn’t have an issue with continuity, since that genre is filled with examples of stories and characters living in a myriad of universes. Teri agrees and says that the old Star Trek books were similar, in that they would show another point of view of what may have happened in a particular story. After spending the last six years working on Vanguard, he really enjoyed the experience of writing That Which Divides. Since Dayton mentioned that he was a comic book fan, Nick followed up and asked if he had any of the Star Trek Comic books? Dayton said that he has the Complete Star Trek Comics Collection DVD-ROM, but fondly recalls purchasing a lot of Star Trek comics primarily from Marvel on wards. He is even keeping up on the new IDW Star Trek comics.
Nick asks, if he thinks Cumberbatch is Gary Mitchell in Star Trek 12? Dayton tells us that he doesn’t know any more than anyone, but points out that the photo with Quinto giving Cumberbatch the neck pinch, gave him the Mitchell vibe. Teri shares that before he joined the cast, she didn’t know who Cumberbatch was, since she doesn’t get Sherlock where she lives. Dayton says that he’s a big deal in the UK and hopes that they don’t waste someone with his talent like they wasted Eric Bana. Teri takes a moment to think about Eric Bana.
Nick asked if he and Kevin Dilmore were collaborating on any new projects? Dayton explained that for right now, Kevin is focused on helping his daughter shop for colleges and once she’s settled in, they will collaborate again. Nick asks him about his Star Trek.com articles: Ten For Ward. Dayton describes them as a list of 10 related items, points us to his most recent entry as an example which lists 10 events from Star Trek history that hasn’t happened yet. The conversation shifts towards STO’s Featured Episode series The 2800. Teri summarizes the story so far. Since, Nick hasn’t played it yet, he changes the subject to G & T Show’s episode 31 – Where’s the Beef? and says that the best part of the episode was Soriedem’s work with the editing. After an amped up squirrel on Vulcoden runs through the studio, Dayton suggests that the episode be renamed to “A Cautionary Tale”.
Teri mentions Bye Bye Robot and the license they received. She asked Dayton if he had any Star Trek Art in his home? He tells us about some of the odd ball pieces he has, including a signed “old school” Captain Proton poster. Nick mentions the art piece signed by all of the developers of Star Trek Online that he and Teri picked up last year from STLV, and how he is still waiting to get it back from Teri.Bringing the show back on topic, Teri asks if Dayton is working on any new projects outside of Star Trek? He tells us about a project that he just finished up for a fundraiser to help a family with an autistic girl get into a school that will help with her specific needs. They have pulled together several authors to write short stories that would be part of a subscription. Every two weeks, everyone that donates will receive something, but only the top tier of donations will receive the entire run of short stories. Please support this worthy cause. More specific details can be found on Dayton’s blog.
Dayton tells us that he’s worked on some other things as well, but he’s keeping them to himself for the time being, until he knows whether or not it can be turned into an ebook. Nick chases another squirrel, when he tells us that Sunday marked the 30 year anniversary of Police Squad. Before concluding this week’s episode, Nick has a final question for Dayton. What does he hope the Bucks do for the draft? Dayton said they needed everything except a quarterback, who needs to be sent back to school. They talk about how much fun the recent Super Bowl had been. Teri reminds everyone to check out Dayton’s new book, That Which Divides.
Before ending the show, Dayton tells us about a contest David Mack is offering for one of three complete autographed Vanguard collections. He recommends following Dave’s website for more information. Star Trek Vanguard Storming Heaven, the final book in the series will be released at the end of March. In closing, Dayton points everyone towards his blog, where we can find links to Facebook and Twitter.
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He is the co-owner of Busy Little Beaver Productions and is the producer and co-host for G & T Show and Gates of Sto’vo’kor. He’s directed voice actors, and produced and edited audio podcasts and dramas because he doesn’t have the face for video. He plays well with others and is always on the look out for the next project, the next thing, the next next. If he wasn’t working on something with a half dozen other projects waiting in the wings, somebody please check to make sure he’s still breathing.
During the day, he’s a mild-mannered computer repair man who dabbles in web design in his small, rural, Central California community. He lives with his lovingly dysfunctional family and loyal canine companion and spends most of his time in the closet concocting some hair-brained scheme or another. He’s got an unhealthy obsession with Lego video games, Klingons, and Star Trek Online that borders on the neurotic.
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