Original production was to have ended after April 4, 2005, with the show continuing to air in reruns, but host LeVar Burton said on February 7, 2006, that five new episodes of the show would be shot in 2006 despite the continuing financial troubles of PBS. The show aired its last episode on November 10, 2006. Former executive producer LeVar Burton announced on his Twitter feed on March 19, 2010, that "Reading Rainbow 2.0 is in the works." On March 4, 2012, he announced that it was the "last day of shooting before launch!"
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In the original miniseries, the character was portrayed as a teenager by LeVar Burton and as an adult by John Amos. In the 2016 miniseries, he is portrayed by Malachi Kirby. Additionally, Burton reprised his role as Kunta in the TV movie Roots: The Gift, a fictional tale originally broadcast during the 1988 Christmas season. According to Roots, Kunta Kinte was born circa 1750 in the Mandinka village of Juffure, in the Gambia. He was raised in a Muslim family. One day in 1767, while Kunta was searching for wood to make a drum for his younger brother, four men chased him, surrounded him, and took him captive. Kunta awoke to find himself blindfolded, gagged, bound, and a prisoner.
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Portrayed by LeVar Burton, he served as helmsman of the USS Enterprise-D in the first season, then occupied the role of the chief engineer for the rest of the series and in the films. La Forge has been blind since birth and uses technological devices that allow him to see – a VISOR in the series and the first film, replaced by ocular prosthetic implants in the last three films. Gene Roddenberry created the character in honor of George La Forge, a quadriplegic fan of the original Star Trek series, who died in 1975.
In 2007, Warner Bros. released Roots: The Complete Collection, a 10-disc DVD collection containing Roots: The Gift, along with the earlier Roots and Roots: The Next Generations miniseries. * List of films featuring slavery LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte. Louis Gossett, Jr. as Fiddler. Shaun Cassidy as Edmund Parker, Jr. Jerry Hardin as Dr. William Reynolds. Kate Mulgrew as Hattie Carraway. Avery Brooks as Cletus Moyer. Michael Learned as Amelia. John McMartin as Edmund Parker, Sr. Annabella Price as Sarah Parker. Fran Bennett as May. Tim Russ as Marcellus. Introduction by Alex Haley.
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Beverly Crusher, LeVar Burton as chief engineer Geordi La Forge, the android Data portrayed by Brent Spiner, and Dr. Crusher's son Wesley Crusher played by Wil Wheaton. The show premiered on September 28, 1987, and ran for seven seasons, ending on May 23, 1994. It had the highest ratings of any of the Star Trek series and became the #1 syndicated show during the last few years of its original run, allowing it to act as a springboard for ideas in other series. Many relationships and races introduced in TNG became the basis of episodes in Deep Space 9 and Voyager.
One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story was a made-for-television movie starring LeVar Burton that aired on CBS in 1978. LeFlore is the cousin of former MLB outfielder Todd Steverson. LeFlore was born in Detroit, Michigan, and was involved in the criminal justice system at an early age. In the book Breakout: From Prison to the Big Leagues, LeFlore relates growing up in a crime-ridden section of Detroit's east side. Although his parents John and Georgia LeFlore were married, his father was an unemployed alcoholic who rarely took part in family life.
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Let's Be Heroes, with David Coburn reprising his role as Captain Planet and LeVar Burton reprising his role as Kwame. The episode, "The Power Is Yours", aired on October 9, 2017. Kwame (voiced by LeVar Burton): Hailing from Ghana, Africa, Kwame possesses the power of Earth. The unofficial leader of the Planeteers. Wheeler (voiced by Joey Dedio): From New York, U.S.A, Wheeler controls the power of fire. Linka (voiced by Kath Soucie): From the Soviet Union (in later episodes stated as being from Eastern Europe after the Communist regime's collapse), Linka has the power of wind. Gi (voiced by Janice Kawaye): Hailing from Asia, Gi controls the power of water.
Ultimately the redesign was abandoned, and the cast wore combinations of uniforms seen on the later episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the uniforms from the early episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and throughout Star Trek: Voyager; the only new addition was an Eaves-designed angular com badge that replaced the previous oval shape and was later used on Deep Space Nine, starting with Season 3 and throughout Star Trek: Voyager and the time was so short that Jonathan Frakes and Levar Burton had to borrow Avery Brooks and Colm Meaney's costumes respectively for filming.
LeVar Burton as Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge. Michael Dorn as Lieutenant Commander Worf. Gates McFadden as Doctor Beverly Crusher. Marina Sirtis as Counselor Deanna Troi-Riker. According to Sirtis, she was "ecstatic" about the role Troi plays in the movie. She was pleased with the wedding scene, saying that the dress she wore for Nemesis was nicer than the one she wore at her actual wedding.
These included former Star Trek alumni, such as LeVar Burton, aka Geordi La Forge from The Next Generation, and Robert Duncan McNeill, who played Tom Paris on Voyager. Roxann Dawson was also announced to direct at the start of the series, having previously played B'Elanna Torres, also on Voyager. She went on to direct ten episodes of the series. Following the first season, the majority of the writers on the series were fired by Braga with the exception of Chris Black. He was promoted for the second season to co-executive producer, and former The X-Files and The Lone Gunmen writer John Shiban joined the writing team and was also named co-executive producer.
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LeVar Burton at the age of thirteen, entered St. Pius X seminary in Galt, California to become a priest.
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Other Star Trek actors had recurring roles on Gargoyles, including Michael Dorn (Worf on TNG and DS9), Kate Mulgrew (Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager), Nichelle Nichols (Uhura on Star Trek: The Original Series), and Brent Spiner (Data on TNG); while Avery Brooks (Benjamin Sisko on DS9), Colm Meaney (Miles O’Brien on TNG and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), and LeVar Burton (Geordi La Forge on TNG) made guest appearances. The series bears no creator credit, though there were several people who are responsible for the show's format.
In the final scene, LeVar Burton arrives at Sheldon's apartment, but upon seeing Sheldon's guests singing "Walking on Sunshine" badly, he leaves immediately and says "I'm so done with Twitter". On the night of its first broadcast on February 24, 2011, the episode was watched by 12.35 million households in the U.S. Based on Nielsen ratings, it received a 7.4 rating/12 share, and a 3.8 rating/11 share from viewers aged between 18 and 49. In Canada, the episode received 3.45 million viewers, placing it second in the weekly rank. The episode was first broadcast in the UK on July 28, 2011.
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LeVar Burton as Martin Luther King Jr. Albert Hall as Elijah Muhammad. David Cubitt as Robert Lipsyte. Michael Bentt as Sonny Liston. Charles Shufford as George Foreman. Robert Sale as Jerry Quarry. Candy Ann Brown as Odessa Clay. David Haines as Rudy Clay / Rahman Ali. Leon Robinson as Brother Joe. Ted Levine as Joe Smiley. David Elliott as Sam Cooke. Truth Hurts (credited as Shari Watson) as Singer. Malick Bowens as Joseph Mobutu. Chico Benymon as Hampton House Announcer. Zaa Nkweta as Foreman Fight Announcer. Brandon T. Jackson as Club Goer (uncredited). Victoria Dillard as Betty Shabazz (wife of Malcolm X). Excerpts from production notes.
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The episode "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven" guest starred the entire cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, including Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Michael Dorn, Wil Wheaton, Marina Sirtis, and even Denise Crosby (season 1 as Tasha Yar), playing themselves; this is the episode with the most guest stars of the seventh season. The "Road to" episodes are a series of hallmark travel episodes. They are a parody of the seven Road to... comedy films starring Bing Crosby and Bob Hope. These episodes have always involved Stewie and Brian in some foreign, supernatural or science-fiction location, unrelated to the show's normal location in Quahog.
We're Troys, who need that bit of fantasy to give us the courage to fight our fears, and live our dreams, and make casual conversation with Levar Burton. Community encourages us to embrace imagination's ability to help us survive." * "Geothermal Escapism" at NBC.com
Blizzard is a 2003 American/Canadian Christmas-themed family film directed by LeVar Burton, and stars Brenda Blethyn, Christopher Plummer, Kevin Pollak, and Whoopi Goldberg. Ten-year old Jess is devastated after her friend Bobby moves out of town. Her Aunt Millie comes to visit and decides to tell her a story about Katie, who is also ten years old, who wanted to ice-skate. While practicing on an outdoor rink near her home, Katie is befriended by Otto Brewer, a former Olympic skating champion, who offers to teach her "proper skating," and under Otto's tutelage, Katie blossoms into a magnificent skater.
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Robert Duncan McNeill (Paris) and Roxann Dawson (Torres) have also directed episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise, while Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, and Andrew Robinson (Garak of Deep Space Nine) all directed episodes of Star Trek: Voyager. The sets used for USS Voyager were reused for the Deep Space Nine episode "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges" for her sister ship USS Bellerophon (NCC-74705), both of which are Intrepid-class starships. The sickbay set of USS Voyager was also used as the Enterprise-E sickbay in the films Star Trek: First Contact and Star Trek: Insurrection.
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LeVar Burton hosted for the final season. Quincy Jones performed the title tune You Have to Do It Yourself. Show 101 (October 9, 1976). Show 102 (October 16, 1976). Show 103 (October 23, 1976). Show 104 (October 30, 1976). Show 105 (November 6, 1976). Show 106 (November 13, 1976). Show 107 (November 20, 1976). Show 108 (November 27, 1976). Show 109 (December 4, 1976). Show 110 (December 11, 1976). Show 111 (December 18, 1976). Show 112 (December 25, 1976). Show 113 (January 1, 1977). Show 114 (January 8, 1977). Show 115 (January 15, 1977). Show 116 (January 22, 1977). Show 117 (January 29, 1977). Show 118 (February 5, 1977). Show 119 (February 12, 1977). Show 120 (February 19, 1977).
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Dummy is a 1979 American made-for-television drama film starring LeVar Burton as Donald Lang and Paul Sorvino as Lowell Meyers, Lang's attorney. Based on Ernest Tidyman's nonfiction book of the same name, the film dramatizes the life of Lang, an African-American deaf man from Chicago who was acquitted of the murders of two prostitutes. The film won a Peabody Award and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Television Movie. The film was released on DVD by the Warner Archive Collection on October 2011. *List of films featuring the deaf and hard of hearing Paul Sorvino as Lowell Myers. LeVar Burton as Donald Lang. Brian Dennehy as Ragoti. Rose Gregorio as Jean Markin.
LeVar Burton appears as himself again in Season 5, episode 5. He and Troy reconcile and travel the world together.