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Exclusive Sneak Peek: Star Trek: The Next Generation's Second Season Finally Hits Blu-ray

Star Trek: The Next Generation

Strap in for some new-old voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Another 22 episodes will be in your orbit when the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation reenters the stratosphere on Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday. And, hey, it's only been 22 years since the season's finale and 15 years since it was released on VHS! That's like nothing in light years, right?

Someone should go ask Data (Brent Spiner). Let's just call this set his showpiece. The most exciting entry (of many) in this set's special features is an extended version of the episode "The Measure of Man," in which Data must prove to a Starfleet court (with the help of Patrick Stewart's loyal, fatherly Captain Picard as his "lawyer") that he's a sentient being in order to prevent some corporate-paid mad-as-heck scientist from cracking open his head in order to study his positronic brain. This isn't just a longer episode — some scenes are shot entirely differently than in the broadcast version. Some you've never seen before. (You purists also get the original version and a hybrid copy with more extra material.)

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Exclusive Castle Video: Is Beckett a Bit of a Nerd?

Castle

Viewers are certain to geek out over Monday's Comic-Con-inspired Castle, but not all of the sci-fi nerds in the episode will be those dressed up for the convention. 

Exclusive: Castle recruits Star Trek alum for Comic-Con episode

In our exclusive sneak peek at the episode below, Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Beckett (Stana Katic), meet Gabriel Winters (guest star Ed Quinn), the former star of the "unjustly" canceled sci-fi series ... read more

On the Set Exclusive: Castle Investigates a Sci-Fi Convention Murder

Seamus Dever, Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion

To step onto Castle's Hollywood soundstage one early October afternoon is to boldly go where no author and his muse have gone before. Today's action is unfolding not in a gritty NYPD precinct, but on an elaborate spaceship set, all sleek steel and high-tech consoles, manned by actors clad in costumes that would look right at home aboard the USS Enterprise.

Under the watchful eye of director Jonathan Frakes (aka Star Trek: The Next Generation's Commander William T. Riker), a Shatneresque captain stoically assesses... read more

Exclusive: Castle Recruits Star Trek Alum for Comic-Con Episode

Armin Shimerman, Christina Moore

When Castle tackles a Comic-Con-inspired episode later this season, the show will have the sci-fi bona fides to back it up.

Fall Preview: Get scoop on your favorite returning shows

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine alum Armin Shimerman will guest-star as Benjamin Donnely, a tech geek who manufactures authentic props for people's costumes at sci-fi conventions, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.... read more

Exclusive: Marvel's Super Hero Squad Enlists A-List Guest Stars

The Super Hero Squad Show

The Super Hero Squad Show, Cartoon Network's adorable kid-friendly series starring Marvel Comics icons, boldly goes on a casting spree for its upcoming second season, which will be previewed next week Comic-Con.

"We explore what happens in the Marvel Universe outside of Earth — different dimensions, outer space and all these crazy places," says Cort Lane, Marvel's VP for animation... read more

Jonathan Frakes' Leverage Episode Also a Trekkie Convention

Armin Shimerman, Jonathan Frakes, and Brent Spiner

When Star Trek's Jonathan Frakes signed on to direct an episode of TNT's Leverage, he agreed to helm one of the drama's most complex episodes yet: one where Timothy Huttons team of cons for good causes help upset an attempt to rig a trial.

But Frakes also beamed in a few friends to turn the set into a mini-Star Trek convention, recruiting The Next Generation's Brent Spiner and Deep Space Nine's Armin Shimmerman and Kitty Swink for key roles.

The once-and-perhaps future Commander Riker also hinted about the possibility of getting involved with J.J. Abrams' reboot of the Star Trek franchise, and his acting role on the soon-to-be scheduled Fox drama Persons Unknown, from The Usual Suspects and Valkyrie writer Christopher McQuarrie. And intelligent guy that he is, he took a moment to praise his wife, Genie Francis, for her recent performance in the Hallmark Channel's The Note II: Taking a Chance on Love.

Frakes' Leverage episode, "The Juror No. 6 Job," airs Tuesday at 10 pm/ET.

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Mega Minute: 24 Showdown Scoop, CSI: Miami and More

Now playing in this week's Mitovich Mega Minute:

• It's the face-off 24 fans have been waiting for — Chloe vs. Janice! Mary Lynn Rajskub shares a peek at what happens when socket monkey meets socket monkey.

• Will a picture trigger a thousand angry words between CSI: Miami's Eric and Calleigh?

• A Star Trek reunion is coming to TNT. See which show is playing host, and who all is involved.

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"The Discarded"

Tonight's episode is the fourth and last of the six that were produced that ABC intends to run. (All six will be seen in Canada, at least, on the cable channel Space, starting in November). And it was the episode a number of viewers were most eager to see, I suspect, since it was based on a short story by Harlan Ellison, who has established himself as a major figure in both fantastic fiction (among other sorts of prose) and in screenwriting, as well as being responsible for some notable comics scripting and work in other media. Apparently Ellison gave executive producer Keith Addis strong support when they resisted the attempts by ABC to call the series "Masters of Sci-Fi," which would be comparable to calling its Showtime sibling series Masters of Horror something like "Masters of Spookiness" (ABC chose to slip "scifi" into the URL for the series' pages on abc.go.com, anyway... perhaps the smallest of many hostilities the network has shown toward this project). And the story was ad... read more

ABC's Science Fiction Series Finally Materializes

Anne Heche and Russell Porter by Bob Akester/ABC

ABC's Masters of Science Fiction anthology series, announced what seems like light-years ago, will finally hit the airwaves during the dog days of August. The lineup — slashed from six installments to four — is as follows:August 4: "A Clean Escape," based on Nebula Award-winning author John Kessel's short story about a postapocalyptic psychiatrist (Judy Davis) determined to solve a man's (Sam Waterston) apparent memory lapse.August 11: "The Awakening," based on a short story by Howard Fast, starring Terry O'Quinn, Elisabeth Rohm and William B. Davis, and concerning Baghdad-based soldiers' discovery of a "mysterious casualty."August 18: "Jerry Was a Man," based on the Robert Heinlein story about an affluent couple (Anne Heche and Malcolm McDowell) who acquire an anthropoid.August 25: "The Discarded," based on the short story by seven-time Hugo Award winner, three-time Nebula Award winner, and Science Fiction Grand Master Laureate Harlan Ellison, directed by Jonathan Frakes,... read more

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