On Sunday April 9th, 2017, SciFiPulse co-owner and editor Tye Bourdony attended a very well produced and entertaining “Evening with Michal Dorn“, which was hosted by the Artistic Director for Central Florida’s Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Jim Helsinger. This “Inside the Actor’s Studio” type-event was held in part to help promote the Orlando Shakes’ play, “Antony and Cleopatra“, which is currently running from through April 28, 2017, with veteran actor Michael Dorn starring as Mark Antony.
Michael Dorn, who is best known for his portrayal of Star Trek’s Lt. Commander Worf, in Trek’s The Next Generation, as well as in Deep Space Nine, talked with Helsinger and the gathered attendees about his long and successful career, his passion for flying jets, Hollywood, his great anticipation and excitement in playing Mark Antony in the Orlando Shakes production of “Antony and Cleopatra” as well as on many topics concerning and centering around his longtime role as Worf in Star Trek.
On Monday, April 10th, 2017, SciFiPulse ran Tye Bourdony’s article in which he reported, “. . . Dorn did say that Trek fans would in fact get to see him appear as a guest star in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery, as a Klingon ancestor of Lt. Commander Worf, saying, “. . . the first episodes of the new series center around the Klingons.”
This claim was a misquote on the part of the article’s writer, with TrekMovie.com’s Anthony Pascale being the first to set the record straight. In fact, Michael Dorn’s publicist along with a CBS representative likewise and subsequently confirmed this directly to SciFiPulse’s Tye Bourdony, saying, “There are no plans for Michael Dorn to appear on the show (ST: Discovery) currently.”
Dorn’s publicist likewise claimed to have had an actual transcript from the Orlando Shakes “Evening with Michael Dorn” which purports to corroborate the fact that Mr. Dorn did at no time actually say that he would be appearing on Star Trek: Discovery.
Dorn’s publicist did however state and confirm that producers of Discovery had in fact approached and did indeed have some kind of dialogue with Dorn about the possibility of appearing on Star Trek: Discovery. A claim that Dorn himself did in fact describe at the Orlando Shakes April 9th event, indicating that he had been contacted roughly a year ago by producers of Discovery, about Dorn appearing on the show, as the first few episodes of the new series centered around the Klingons.
Dorn also went on to indicate that the producers only offered him .065 percent of what he was earning when he left Star Trek, a point which Dorn’s publicist partially confirmed, but also stated that she could not at that time confirm the actual percentage or what amount of compensation was offered for Dorn to appear on Discovery.
When asked by SciFiPulse whether or not Dorn had in fact received payment and whether or not he had actually taken part in any filming on the set of Star Trek: Discovery, both CBS and Dorn’s publicist confirmed that the actor had not in fact received any kind of payment nor had he taken part in any filming on the show. Neither CBS nor Dorn’s publicist however would in fact discount the possibility that Dorn might at some point in the future appear on the show, saying only, “There are no plans for Michael Dorn to appear on the show currently.”
At the end of the day, SciFiPulse and specifically Tye Bourdony apologize to its readership, to the Star Trek fan base along with the greater science fiction on-line community, as well as to Michael Dorn and CBS for misquoting him. Likewise, a special thanks needs to be made to Trekmovie’s Anthony Pascale and the Orlando Sentinel’s Matt Palm for setting the record straight, as well as for all of those voices who called out the article’s writer for the erroneous reporting. While there are no excuses for running with a story that was not fully vetted, SciFiPulse is not in the business of click baiting and/or running fake news and did not do so in intentionally in this case. SciFiPulse will continue doing its best to keep all of its news and articles as accurate as possible and promises to always be accountable for its reporting.
With that said, perhaps the most important piece of information to take away from the misquoting of Michael Dorn and SciFiPulse’s article, is the fact that there was in fact a very large and passionate response to the idea of Michael Dorn appearing on Star Trek: Discovery and not simply because the assertions of the article’s writer were not accurate; but rather because the fan base seemed to be wholeheartedly and genuinely excited at the idea of Michael Dorn guest starring on Discovery.
Perhaps the real question needing to be asked is whether CBS and the producers of Star Trek: Discovery will now in fact see the merit in offering Mr. Dorn a more acceptable honorarium in order to give their fan base something they clearly seem very interested in; seeing Michael Dorn guest star on Star trek: Discovery.