Former Star Trek and Buffy the Vampire Slayer stars Armin Shimerman and Harry Groener have joined the cast of the indie end of civilization road comedy Diani & Devine Meet The Apocalypse.
Written by and starring Gabriel Diani and Etta Devine, the project is an apocalyptic comedy in the spirit of the old Bob Hope and Bing Crosby “Road” movies about two struggling comedians who discover that surviving the apocalypse is almost as difficult as surviving in Hollywood.
Shimerman and Groener will appear along with their real life wives, Kitty Swink (Star Trek, Nikki and Nora) and Dawn Didawick (Hart of Dixie, Erin Brockovich), as members of a mysterious elite country club that provide shelter to the wandering comedy duo.
“We are delighted to have Armin, Kitty, Harry, and Dawn on board,” Diani said, “I can’t think of four better people to spend the Apocalypse with.”
Shimerman played the recurring character of “Principal Snyder” on Buffy during the same period he was a series regular as the Ferengi bartender “Quark” on Star Trek: Deep Space 9. Groener guest starred on several different Star Trek series, most notably as the tortured telepath “Tam Elbrun,” and was a series regular “Ralph Drang” on the sitcom Dear John but is widely recognized as the evil “Mayor Wilkins” on the third season of Buffy.
Production is expected to begin in the Fall.
Actor and video game voice artist Robin Sachs unexpectedly died last week at the age of 61. He reportedly passed away Friday in California. No other details, include Sachs’ cause of death, have been released.
“This is a post we never thought we would have to write…” reads a statement on the British actor’s official website.”It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Robin Sachs. Please join us in raising a glass to Robin – goodbye, dear friend. Thank you for all the laughter and the cookies. We will miss you so very much.”
Sachs is best known for his role as evil sorcerer Ethan Rayne on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series, which starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, ran on the WB from 1997 to 2003. He appeared on countless other shows including Babylon 5, Star Trek: Voyager, Torchwood, Alias and NCIS. Sachs also provided voices for video games like Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3 and Rainbow Six: Lockdown.
Buffy followers can enjoy more slayer action with the very first episode of the motion comic series “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” Season Eight available now on the iTunes Store (www.iTunes.com
), with new episodes available every week from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. A continuation of Joss Whedon’s hallowed shows and based on the award-winning comic book series by Dark Horse Comics, the gripping saga of the vampire-killing legend picks up where the television series ended: thousands of slayers around the world have been activated, Sunnydale has been blown up and Buffy has relocated to Scotland.
iTunes episodes are available for $.99/$1.99 HD each, or with a season pass for $14.99/$29.99 HD and can be found at www.iTunes.com/Buffy
. All 19 episodes will make their official debut on DVD January 4, 2011 which will include limited edition Jo Chen packaging and a collectible reprint of Dark Horse Comic’s first book in the series.
Comic-Con attendees visiting the Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment booth (#4313) will witness the debut of the exclusive trailer for “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” Season Eight. The Dark Horse booth (#2615) will also screen the trailer along with hosting a signing with creator Joss Whedon.
Three-time winner of Diamond’s Gem Award – including Comic Book of the Year – the “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” comic book also earned an Eisner Award for “Best New Series.”