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Paramount+ Announces Impressive Star Trek Day Programming and More

By Miclpea

On Sept. 8, 1966, Star Trek debuted for the first time on television with “The Man Trap,” the pilot episode of Star Trek: The Original Series. On that day, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry introduced audiences to a world that championed diversity, inclusion, acceptance, and hope.

Fifty-six years later, Paramount+ via Star Trek Day will honor this important day and the franchise’s enduring legacy by celebrating the original series and those new series that are now part of the Star Trek Universe. The programming lineup will feature back-to-back, in-person conversations with cast members from the Star Trek universe, reveals of upcoming episodes and exciting announcements. 

On Thursday, September 8 (12:00 pm PT/3:00 pm ET). Paramount+ will present a global live-stream of the third annual Star Trek Day celebration for fans around the world! The event will be broadcast live from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Calif.    

The co-hosts of Star Trek: The Pod Directive, Tawny Newsome (Star Trek: Lower Decks, Space Force) and Paul F. Tompkins (Star Trek: Lower Decks, BoJack Horseman) will moderate two hours of free live-streamed conversations and programming. They will unite iconic cast members from the television series as they gather in person to celebrate all things Star Trek. Fans can expect with a few surprises along the way as well

 The event will kick off live from the Star Trek Day red carpet with co-hosts Jackie Cox (RuPaul’s Drag Race) and Mary Chieffo (Star Trek: Discovery) interviewing Star Trek cast members from past to present.

 The conversations will include the casts from the following Star Trek television series:

  • Star Trek: Picard, with series stars Jeri Ryan and Michelle Hurd. 
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks, with voice cast members Tawny Newsome, Noël Wells and Dawnn Lewis. 
  • Star Trek: Prodigy, with series voice cast including Brett Gray and Kate Mulgrew.
  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, with series stars Rebecca Romijn, Jess Bush, Christina Chong, Celia Rose Gooding, Melissa Navia and Babs Olusanmokun. 
(Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

Additional programming will include a special tribute to the legendary Nichelle Nichols featuring a video that will honor the impact and influence of Ms. Nichols. Also, to help honor the late Nichelle Nichols, the #StarTrekUnitedGives campaign will return on Star Trek Day. For every person who tweets the hashtag, # StarTrekUnitedGives, on Sept. 8, $1 will be donated and divided equally by Paramount to charities that support organizations who do the real-world work of championing diversity, equity, and innovation. 

Adding to the festivities, Wilson Cruz will provide fans with an exclusive Behind-The-Scenes tour of Star Trek: Discovery from their Toronto filming location. This behind-the-scenes tour will include appearances from Sonequa Martin-Green and other cast members.

A lucky fan will be transformed into a Star Trek alien by a series make-up artist. Jackie Cox will host a Star Trek Cosplay Runway where fans will strut the runway in their finest Star Trek cosplay. Reggie Watts (The Late Late Show with James Corden) will be the special musical guest while Brian Posehn (Mr. Show, The Big Bang Theory) will provide stand-up comedy.

Fans worldwide will be able to live-stream the Star Trek Day celebration for free at StarTrek.com/Day and on YouTube (Paramount+ and Star Trek Official pages), Facebook (@StarTrek), Twitter (@StarTrekonPPlus) and TikTok (@ParamountPlus). It will also be available to stream for free in the U.S. only on Paramount+’s Twitch page.

After their initial airing, the conversation portions of the event will be available on-demand on Paramount+. Full details on global live-stream and on-demand availability will be updated on StarTrek.com/Day. But there is more!

Star Trek Augmented Reality Delta Portals

Star Trek Day will also be celebrated with a one-of-a-kind opportunity for fans around the world with the debut of in-person Star Trek Augmented Reality Delta Portals. The Delta Portals will be set up for a limited time in select cities internationally, from Wednesday, Sept. 7 to Thursday, Sept 8.

Each location will have three Star Trek Deltas, each seven feet tall and featuring QR codes that, when scanned on Instagram, transform the objects into mixed-reality portals that bring the user into the world of “Star Trek.” Each augmented reality experience will be based on a current Star Trek series, featuring fully 3D alien planets, classic starships, and iconic characters as they interact with both the virtual and physical worlds.

Here are the locations:

U.S. Locations:

  • Los Angeles: The Grove
  • New York: Hudson Yards
  • Chicago: Water Tower Place

International Locations:

  • London, United Kingdom: Science Museum
  • São Paulo, Brazil: Shopping Cidade São Paulo (Note: Brazil dates are Thursday, Sept. 8 to Friday, Sept. 9)
  • Melbourne, Australia: Federation Square

 

For fans who plan to buy merchandise, there will be a special code, STARTREKDAY, that they will be able to use for 20% off sitewide at https://shop.StarTrek.com. This includes a curated Star Trek Day collection.

Star Trek Day promises to be an epic event for fans around the world who love the Star Trek expanded universe. 

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Miclpea

I love going to conventions around the US and Canada. I'm an ardent fan of all things science fiction and especially The Expanse. I'm a senior writer for Friends of CC and I have co-written a science-fiction script called Punctuated Equilibrium.