Brannon Braga’s Hometown Paper Gives the Man His Due

Gonna go way out on a limb here and say that Brannon’s high school buds are probably totally creaming from his. Or, you know, not:

 Brannon Braga: Canton’s own TV guru
by Dan Kane

Brannon Braga, who’s had enduring success as a television-series creator, writer, executive producer and director, spent a chunk of his formative years right here in Canton, AR-140929594graduating from McKinley High School in 1983.

Next weekend, he’ll be heading back to town for the Canton Film Festival. On Oct. 4 at 6 p.m., Braga will participate in a Q&A onstage at the Palace Theatre, following the 5 p.m. screening of an episode from his recent series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” Admission is $5.

A busy guy, Braga was a producer and director for the newest re-make of “Cosmos,” the acclaimed science-education series that aired internationally earlier this year. He’s currently writing season two of “Salem,” a horror-drama series he co-created about the Salem witch trials that airs on WGN America.

Braga’s two-decade career is almost mind-bending in scope. He was executive producer for the series “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise,” and he co-wrote the feature films “Star Trek Generations” and “Star Trek: First Contact.”

He was pivotal in the development of three additional science-fiction network TV series: “Threshold” (CBS), “Terra Nova” (Fox) and “FlashForward” (ABC).

And he was a writer for seasons six and seven of the Fox real-time action hit “24.”

Here are some highlights from a recent conversation with the 49-year-old Los Angeles resident.

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