CBS Action has hired an unknown, Raules Davies, to front Star Trek: The Next Generation which airs on the channel each weeknight from 20 July, 2011, and conduct live chats over on Twitter during the episodes, sharing trivia and giving other fans the chance to win some great memorabilia and other prizes.
In a unique TV first, hotel night manager, Davies, 36, will introduce the episodes and share his vast Star Trek knowledge with viewers, plus divulge all the trivia and gossip he’s picked up over the years, as a self-styled ‘Trekologist’.
Raules, who has no TV presenting experience, is amazed that his life-long Star Trek fandom has led to his dream job: “I keep expecting to wake up. I’m elated and slightly scared. I’m incredibly excited about the whole thing. I’m in a position where I hope I can make a difference to Star Trek and its fans and how we’re perceived.”
Chris Sharp, Chief Programming Officer at CBS Action, said: “Raules is an absolute natural. We knew the moment we interviewed him that he was a star in the making. We wanted to put our fans at the heart of the marketing campaign, so we’re delighted to have Raules spearheading the activity.”
Davies, who lives in Manchester, was spotted by CBS Action at sci-fi convention Comic Con late last year. Raules explains: “I was approached by a CBS camera crew and asked questions about Star Trek. I remember the last thing I did, after they had concluded the interview, was turn to the camera and say "Star Trek on CBS Action- to watch anything else would be... illogical!"
Raules is a life-long Star Trek fan with his own collection of memorabilia including genuine uniforms from the show, some of which will feature on-air. He watches a staggering 8 hours of the sci-fi classic every day and estimates that, so far, he has spent more than 80,000 hours watching the iconic series.
During the first three episodes, Raules will be tweeting from the www.twitter.com/cbsaction
, account - answering and posing questions, sharing trivia and giving other fans the chance to win some great memorabilia and other prizes.
CBS Action features the very best in high octane action-dramas, including much content from the world-famous CBS studios including NCIS, Chuck Norris favourite Walker, Texas Ranger and The District. Since launch in November 2009, the channel has quickly built up a huge following. Its sister channels CBS Reality, CBS Drama and The Horror Channel are also big hitters amongst entertainment viewers, with the CBS Channels among the fastest growing entertainment channels in the country.
CBS Action will show all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation from 20th July 2011.