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WIRE Buzz: Stark Trek celebration beams to CBS All Access; Locke & Key back in production & more

By Benjamin Bullard
Cast banner for Star Trek Day Celebration 2020

Cancel your post-Labor Day plans, Trekkies, because CBS All Access is firing up the Holodeck for a 24-hour celebration of the final frontier — all 54 years’ worth.

For a full day, every corner of the six-decade Star Trek universe will be open for exploration when the premium network kicks off its Star Trek Day online celebration, including screenings of memorable episodes that span the entire Gene Rodenberry-created franchise — all the way from Star Trek: The Original Series to Picard.

The schedule’s jam-packed with tons of Trek goodies, including panel conversations with the casts and creative minds behind nine Star Trek series, exclusive news from the sprawling Star Trek galaxy on CBS All Access, and a chance for fans to get in on charitable giving supported through the #StarTrekUnitedGives online campaign.

Beginning at 3 p.m. ET and continuing for more than three hours, hosts Wil Wheaton and Mica Burton will take a sweeping tour through Trekkie history with virtual panels and programming that reunite iconic cast members and creators. “The panels will dive into Star Trek stories from years past to present, and offer exclusive sneak peeks into what’s next in the Star Trek universe,” CBS All Access teased in its announcement.

In addition to serving as “the global centerpiece of Star Trek Day,” the panels also will be the place where the network beams new “Star Trek updates, announcements and footage” for the showcase’s 3.5-hour length. U.S. fans will also kicks things off with a curated marathon of episodes drawn from no fewer than 8 Star Trek TV series.

Commemorating the 54th anniversary of the series debut of a sci-fi story-verse that changed the world, Star Trek Day is timed to boldly go off on the same day that Star Trek: The Original Series first hit the small screen. “On Sept. 8, 1966, Star Trek graced television screens for the first time with 'The Man Trap,' the pilot episode of Star Trek: The Original Series,” the network explains. “On that day, Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry introduced audiences to a world that championed diversity, inclusion, acceptance, and hope. Fifty-four years later, CBS All Access will honor this important day and the franchise’s enduring legacy, with this virtual Star Trek Day event that will allow fans to enjoy and celebrate all things Star Trek from their own home."

For more information on Star Trek Day, including a full schedule breakdown, warp on over to the event’s landing page.

Season 2 of Locke & Key is officially getting underway this month, with the cast and crew assembling at Toronto’s Cinespace Film Studios to go exploring once more in the halls of Keyhouse Manor, via Deadline.

Netflix’s hit supernatural series is reportedly set to begin filming on Sept. 21, following Locke & Key’s Season 2 renewal back in March. Even before the second season was official, showrunners Carlton Cuse and Meredith Averill revealed they’d already begun scripting the series’ future, with more than half the writing for the upcoming season already in the bag as early as February.

If you're new to Locke & Key, it's all about the hidden powers lurking behind the locked doors in the family's ancestral home. The Locke siblings all tap their mysterious connection to the estate, opening doors with special keys in the Netflix series based on the IDW comics created by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodríguez. “…We are having so much fun introducing new keys — keys from the comic, brand new keys — there’s so much story left to tell,” Averill confided to SYFY WIRE earlier this year.

Starring Darby Stanchfield as mom Nina, along with the three Locke siblings — Tyler (Connor Jessup), Kinsey (Emilia Jones), and Bode (Jackson Robert Scott), Locke & Key still hasn’t been given a Season 2 premiere date, but you can catch up by streaming all 10 episodes of Season 1 at Netflix.

Agent Grant Ward was at the heart of a major twist when he was outed as a HYDRA spy in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but as the show wended its way toward its finale last month, he was nowhere to be found (even though the show had already found some creative ways to keep him around in the past).

Now actor Brett Dalton has opened up about the mystery of his M.I.A. Marvel agent, telling that he simply never got the call, as work got underway for the Joss Whedon-created series’ seventh and final season.

“I was watching too, thinking, 'I dunno, maybe they filmed something in secret and will pull up some old footage of me from when I was there!' [Laughs] No, sadly, I was never asked and I'm trying not to be sad about it, though I am a little bit,” Dalton explained.

While being passed over for one more swing through the series might sound disappointing, Dalton said it’s anything but. “It's okay ... I still love them," he confessed. “Because of that show, I moved to L.A., and they were the first friends and real family here, and I'll forever be grateful for that.”

Besides, Dalton’s already moved over to the other side of the comic book spectrum as the voice of Rudy Jones (aka Parasite) in DC Universe’s animated Superman: Man of Tomorrow — which you can check out now on digital, ahead of its 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack release on Sept. 8.