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 CAST ANNOUNCED FOR PARAMOUNT'S 'STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE'
 HOLLYWOOD, Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The cast has been set for the highly anticipated first-run syndicated television series, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," produced by the Network Television Division and distributed by the Domestic Television Division of Paramount Pictures. The series is the newest incarnation of the successful "Star Trek" franchise and is scheduled to premiere in January 1993.
 From creators Rick Berman and Michael Piller, "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" takes place in the 24th century -- the same era as "Star Trek: The Next Generation" -- and follows the adventures of a team of Starfleet officers who take command of a remote alien space station on the edge of a new frontier. Designated "Deep Space Nine," the space station is located near the mouth of a newly discovered wormhole, a phenomenon that provides a shortcut to a distant, unexplored quadrant of the galaxy. Travelers of all kinds are drawn here, and with hostile alien empires on all sides, "Deep Space Nine" becomes the most strategic post in the galaxy.
 The cast is as follows:
 Avery Brooks (as Benjamin Sisko) -- Since 1978, Brooks has performed to critical acclaim the title role in the Phillip Hayes Dean play, "Paul Robeson." He has performed the role at the Westwood Playhouse in Los Angeles, on Broadway in New York, at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., among others. His television credits include the starring role in the ABC series, "A Man Called Hawk" and the co-starring role with Robert Urich in "Spenser: For Hire."
 Rene Auberjonois (as Odo) -- His theatrical performances have earned him Tony Award nominations for "City of Angels," "Big River," and "The Good Doctor" and a Tony Award for his performance in "Coco." He was nominated for an Emmy Award for his role as Clayton Endicott III on the ABC series "Benson."
 Siddig El Fadil (as Dr. Julian Bashir) -- Coming from London where his theatrical credits include "Brother Eichemann" and "Sinbad The Sailor," Fadil also starred as King Feisal in "A Dangerous Man" which aired on PBS.
 Terry Farrell (as Jadzia Dax) -- Farrell will star in the upcoming Dimension Films release, "Hellraiser III." She also co- starred with Rodney Dangerfield in the hit film, "Back to School." Her television credits include the role of Laurie Caswell in ABC's "Paper Dolls" as well as co-starring with Faye Dunaway in NBC's Movie of the Week, "L.A. Madame." Farrell has also guest starred on such NBC series as "Quantum Leap," "Cosby Show" and "Family Ties."
 Cirroc Lofton (as Jake Sisko) -- With film credits including Universal's "Beethoven," this young actor will make his television debut with "Deep Space Nine."
 Colm Meaney (as Miles O'Brien) -- In addition to reprising his role as O'Brien from "Star Trek: The Next Generation," Meaney will appear in Warner Bros.' upcoming release, "Under Siege." He has a number of prominent feature film credits including "Far and Away," "Dick Tracy" and "The Commitments."
 Armin Shimerman (as Quark) -- His television credits include recurring roles in two CBS series. He portrayed Cousin Bernard in "Brooklyn Bridge" and Pascal in "Beauty & The Beast." He has also appeared in such films as "Blind Date," "Like Father Like Son" and "Death Warrant."
 Nana Visitor (as Kira Nerys) -- Her television credits include the co-starring role of Bryn Newhouse in the NBC series "Working Girl." Visitor has guest starred in numerous television productions including ABC's "thirtysomething," CBS' "Murder, She Wrote" and NBC's "L.A. Law." Her theatrical credits include the lead in "Gypsy."
 In the two-hour premier episode, "Star Trek" audiences are re- introduced to the Cardassians and the Bajora. A century ago, the Cardassians conquered the planet Bajor. After years of battle with the Bajoran terrorists, the Cardassians unilaterally withdrew from Bajoran space, but not before ravaging the planet. The Bajora have asked for membership in the Federation and it is the Starfleet team's mission to spearhead the lengthy entry procedure. At the request of the provisional government, Starfleet takes command of a recently abandoned Cardassian space station in orbit of Bajor. The station, designated "Deep Space Nine," will be moved to the mouth of a newly discovered wormhole. This shortcut to the distant Gamma Quadrant will make "Deep Space Nine" the most strategic post in Starfleet.
 Starfleet Commander Benjamin Sisko (a human male) leads the Starfleet team. He was on a starship with his wife and son at the famous encounter with the Borg -- the bloodiest battle ever recorded in Federation history. It was at this battle (led by the Borgified Capt. Jean-Luc Picard) that Sisko's wife was killed. Patrick Stewart, who plays Picard on "Star Trek: The Next Generation," will guest star in the two-hour premiere.
 The First Officer is Maj. Kira Nerys (a Bajoran female) who is a former terrorist. She has been fighting for Bajoran independence most of her life and does not believe that the Federation should have been called in.
 The Chief Operations Officer is Miles O'Brien (a human male) who has been the Transporter Chief on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" for five years. This assignment represents a promotion for him. O'Brien is organized, efficient and smart and knows the hardware of Starfleet.
 Lt. Jadzia Dax (a Trill female) is the Starfleet Science Officer. Dax is a joined species comprised of two separate but interdependent entities: a host and a symbiont. The host provides a humanoid body and the symbiont is an ancient invertebrate, androgynous life form that looks like a short, fat snake and lives within the host.
 Odo (an alien male) is the Security Officer. He is a shape shifter who, in his natural shape, is a gelatinous liquid. He can turn himself into a chair, pencil or any form he desires. In order to assimilate and function on the planet, he takes on a humanoid shape.
 Dr. Julian Bashir (a human male) is a Lieutenant J.G. He is fresh out of Starfleet Medical (graduated second in his class) and a brilliant specialist in multispecies medicine. The naive young doctor arrives on "Deep Space Nine" with zealous expectations about Starfleet adventures.
 Quark (a Ferengi male) is the bartender. The Ferengi race has been a part of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" since the very beginning. They are ugly, sexist, greedy little aliens who are interested only in profit. Not surprisingly, Quark runs many of the entertainment concessions on "Deep Space Nine."
 Jake Sisko (a human male) is the 14-year-old son of Benjamin Sisko. An army brat who doesn't remember life on Earth, he has been aboard four different starships and stationed on two planets. Deep inside, he knows that his mom would still be alive if they had not lived in space.
 According to Berman and Piller, "'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine' brings into the 'Star Trek' universe an original set of characters as diverse and memorable as the crews of the first two series."
 Rick Berman and Michael Piller are executive producers of "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." Gene Roddenberry created "Star Trek: The Next Generation." Berman and Piller created "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine." Both series are produced by the Network Television Division and distributed by the Domestic Television Division of Paramount Pictures. Paramount Pictures is a part of the entertainment operations of Paramount Communications Inc.
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