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Published on August 20th, 2019 | by gareth


Numerous Genre Stars Come To Pandora On The CW

Numerous genre stars are joining the new series and it looks like one to check out.






LOS ANGELES, August 19, 2019 (FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE) – Science fiction viewers have a new series to celebrate. Pandora, which premiered on the CW in July, and enjoyed a standing room only panel and signing at San Diego Comic Con, is pulling out all the stops for die-hard genre fans this summer.

Likened to both Star Trek and Buffy the Vampire Slayer by Scott Mantz of KTLA-TV, and hailed as “Riverdale meets Stranger Things” by Marc Berman of the Programming Insider, a new episode of Pandora airs every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. on the CW Network and Space Channel in Canada, and all previous episodes are available any time on the free CW App.

Pandora was created and executive produced by Mark A. Altman, whose credits include Castle, Agent X, and The Librarians, and who is the author of the bestselling The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek from St. Martin’s Press, as well as many other books about popular franchises, including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, and James Bond.

Inspired by the positive outlook of Gene Roddenberry, Pandora presents an optimistic view of the future. Said Altman, “We live in troubled, cynical times. I wanted to do a series which reflected the classic storytelling we loved in the original Star Trek. So many sci-fi TV series these days are reminiscent of cynical and dystopian visions like Blade Runner. Pandora is hopeful and optimistic. The show is about a group of people who come together as a family, and in the course of their adventures, do great things for the galaxy. We brought the fun back to sci-fi.”

Altman, whose sci-fi cred is second-to-none, made sure the cast of Pandora reflected his own fan roots, representing both classic and more recent genre movies and shows. Pandora’s galaxy of guest stars includes:

· Erin Gray (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Silver Spoons)

· Jeffrey Combs (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise, Re-Animator)

· John Harlan Kim (The Librarians)

· Charisma Carpenter (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Veronica Mars)

· Ben Cross (Chariots of Fire, Dark Shadows, Star Trek)

· Johann Urb (Arrow)

· Manu Bennett (Arrow, Spartacus, The Hobbit)

· Maryam d’Abo (James Bond’s The Living Daylights)

· Douglas Reith (Downton Abbey)

· Angelica Celaya (Constantine)

· Richard Blackwood (EastEnders)

· Amy McPherson (HBO’s new Game of Thrones spin-off)

· Chase Masterson (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

The casting of Chase Masterson, who voices the computer on Pandora, was especially meaningful to Altman. “Majel Barrett Roddenberry, who voiced the computer on so many incarnations of Star Trek, was a mentor and longtime friend to Chase. To be able to give Chase the opportunity to follow in Majel’s footsteps was incredible.”

Set in 2199, Pandora centers on Jax (Priscilla Quintana), a young woman who enters the Space Training Academy after losing everything in her life. As Jax trains to defend Earth from all kinds of cosmic threats, more details about her past emerge, making her question if she is meant to save humanity or alter it forever.

Pandora also stars Oliver Dench (grand-nephew of Dame Judi Dench), Ben Radcliffe (The Evermoor Chronicles), Raechelle Banno (Home and Away), Martin Bobb-Semple (Free Rein), Banita Sandhu (October), and Noah Huntley (28 Days Later, Chronicles of Narnia).

Pandora is produced by Radioactive Fishtank, Vital Signs Entertainment, and Starlings Television, and executive produced by Mark A. Altman, Thomas P. Vitale, Steve Kriozere, Chris Philip, and Karine Martin. Visual effects are by Crafty Apes (Star Trek: Discovery, Stranger Things).

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