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2021

Bob Baker, writer, dies

Bob Baker in K9 Unleashed (1999)Writer Bob Baker, a former Doctor Who script writer who, with his frequent 1970s writing partner Dave Martin, created the character of K-9, dies at the age of 82. Born in Bristol, Baker forged a fruitful writing partnership with Martin, with their first Doctor Who story, The Claws Of Axos, transmitted by the BBC in 1971. They continued to be frequent contributors to that series throughout the 1970s, while simultaneously creating children’s fantasy series closer to home at HTV, including Sky and King Of The Castle. A 1977 Doctor Who script, The Invisible Enemy, introduced the enduring character of robot dog K-9, who would continue to appear regularly through 1981, even meriting a pilot for a spinoff series, K-9 & Company, that same year, and eventually making guest appearances in the 21st century revival of Doctor Who and its spinoff, The Sarah Jane Adventures. Baker and Martin stopped working together in the late ’70s, with Baker pursuing one solo Doctor Who writing assignment (1979’s Nightmare Of Eden) before co-creating another HTV fantasy series, Into The Labyrinth, which ran for three seasons starting in 1981. In 2009, after years of pitching the idea, a K-9 spinoff produced in Australia launched, produced by Baker (who also wrote or co-wrote two scripts). Baker was still trying to attract co-production interest in a second season of K-9, or possible a movie spinoff, toward the end of his life. Baker gained wider recognition as co-creator of the Wallace & Gromit animated shorts and movies (as well as their spinoff, Shaun the Sheep), which won both Oscar and BAFTA awards.

Dean Stockwell, actor, dies

Dean Stockwell as AlActor Dean Stockwell, known to many genre fans as Al from the time-travel series Quantum Leap, dies at the age of 85. Beginning his career on the Broadway stage at the age of six, Stockwell quickly made his way to Hollywood, appearing alongside the likes of Errol Flynn, Frank Sinatra, Katherine Hepburn, and Roddy McDowall, among many others. In the early 1980s, while he was contemplating a career change, an appearing in the film Paris, Texas revitalized Stockwell’s profile as an actor, leading to roles in Dune, Blue Velvet, and Married To The Mob, which earned Stockwell an Oscar nomination. Immediately after that, he was cast as Al in Quantum Leap, a show in which he co-starred opposite Scott Bakula for five seasons, racking up nominations for Emmy Awards for four of those years. Later genre TV work included a recurring role on Syfy‘s revival of Battlestar Galactica.

Star Trek: Prodigy: Terror Firma

Star Trek: ProdigyStreaming service Paramount Plus releases the fifth episode of the animated series Star Trek: Prodigy, created by Dan & Kevin Hageman. Though originally intended to run concurrently with Star Trek: Discovery’s fourth season, the series goes on hiatus after this episode in order to allow post-production to catch up, with many elements of production having reverted to remote work due to a surge of a new variant of COVID-19. It is the first time since May 1999 that two Star Trek series have aired new episodes in the same week.

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Star Trek: Discovery: Kobayashi Maru

Star Trek: DiscoveryStreaming service Paramount Plus releases the 43rd episode of Star Trek: Discovery, opening the series’ fourth season. Chelah Horsdal (The Man In The High Castle) guest stars.

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Hawkeye: Never Meet Your Heroes

LokiStreaming service Disney Plus premieres the first episode of Hawkeye, created for TV by Jonathan Igla and starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld. Set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the series follows the exploits of the non-super-powered title character after the events of Avengers: Endgame.

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Hawkeye: Hide And Seek

LokiStreaming service Disney Plus releases the second episode of Hawkeye, created for TV by Jonathan Igla and starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld.

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Star Trek: Discovery: Anomaly

Star Trek: DiscoveryStreaming service Paramount Plus releases the 44th episode of Star Trek: Discovery. Chelah Horsdal (The Man In The High Castle) guest stars.

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Hawkeye: Echoes

LokiStreaming service Disney Plus releases the third episode of Hawkeye, created for TV by Jonathan Igla and starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld.

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Hawkeye: Partners, Am I Right?

LokiStreaming service Disney Plus releases the fourth episode of Hawkeye, created for TV by Jonathan Igla and starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld.

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Hawkeye: Ronin

LokiStreaming service Disney Plus releases the fifth episode of Hawkeye, created for TV by Jonathan Igla and starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld. Vincent D’Onofrio reprises the role of Kingpin for the first time since Marvel’s Daredevil series completed its run on Netflix in 2018.

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Hawkeye: So This Is Christmas?

LokiStreaming service Disney Plus releases the sixth episode of Hawkeye, created for TV by Jonathan Igla and starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld. Vincent D’Onofrio and Linda Cardellini guest star in the first season finale.

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James Webb Space Telescope launched

James Webb Space Telescope launchAfter well over a decade of development (and setbacks as the project fell in and out of favor with successive administrations of the U.S. government), the international James Webb Space Telescope is launched aboard an Ariane V rocket from the European Space Agency’s Kourou Space Center in French Guiana. Constructed and operated by NASA, the Webb Space Telescope is the larger successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, and its intricate, origami-like construction is expected to take a full month to deploy as the telescope travels to the L2 LaGrange point, well beyond the orbit of the moon. Its multi-segmented mirror is expected to see much more distant objects than Hubble was capable of resolving, possibly including the first galaxies to form in the history of the universe.

Richard Clifford, astronaut, dies

Richard CliffordSpace shuttle astronaut Richard “Rich” Clifford, who flew three shuttle missions in the 1990s, dies at the age of 69 from complications related to Parkinson’s Disease. A Lieutenant Colonel when he retired from the U.S. Army in 1995, Clifford had been working at NASA while still with the Army, beginning his involvement with the space program in 1987. He helped to certify crew escape systems in the wake of the Challenger disaster, before moving on to assist in the design of EVA equipment in the early 90s. He flew as a mission specialist on the STS-53, STS-59, and STS-76 missions, accumulating over 600 hours in space, including an EVA lasting six hours at the Mir space station on his final flight. It was before that third mission that he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, but he kept that diagnosis private until after the mission. He retired from NASA in 1997, but joined Boeing as its Flight Operations Manager from the construction of the International Space Station until the final shuttle mission to the ISS in 2011. He also worked with the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which funds research into Parkinson’s.

The Book Of Boba Fett: Chapter 1

The Book Of Boba FettStreaming service Disney+ premieres the first episode of Jon Favreau’s The Book Of Boba Fett, a live-action TV series set in the Star Wars universe, starring Temuera Morrison (Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones) and Ming-Na Wen. Matt Berry (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, What We Do In The Shadows) and Jennifer Beals (Flashdance, Swamp Thing) guest star in the series premiere.

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2022

The Book Of Boba Fett: Chapter 2

The Book Of Boba FettStreaming service Disney+ releases the second episode of Jon Favreau’s The Book Of Boba Fett, a live-action TV series set in the Star Wars universe, starring Temuera Morrison (Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones) and Ming-Na Wen. Matt Berry (Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, What We Do In The Shadows) and Jennifer Beals (Flashdance, Swamp Thing) guest star.

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Star Trek: Prodigy: Kobayashi

Star Trek: ProdigyStreaming service Paramount Plus releases the sixth episode of the animated series Star Trek: Prodigy, created by Dan & Kevin Hageman. Robert Beltran (Star Trek: Voyager) guest stars.

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