Vice President Spiner Leaves Supergirl
Star Trek: The Next Generation alumnus Brent Spiner left the role of Vice President Baker on the CW show Supergirl. The character is a series regular. The CW replaced Spiner with Bruce Boxleitner.
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At its core, The CW’s Supergirl is a story about immigration. As season three came to a close, anti-alien sentiment grew in National City. Season four looks to tackle that issue head-on. Many of the new characters are on either side of the human/alien debate. Furthermore, Lynda Carter‘s President Marsdin is an alien in disguise. As tensions rise, more major government players are set to be involved in the showdown. This includes the President’s right-hand man, Vice President Baker. Although Baker’s exact role in the human/alien conflict is unknown, the legendary Brent Spiner was all set to fill the character’s shoes. Unfortunately, Spiner left the series due to a scheduling conflict.
As the saying goes, “when one guy who played a sentient robot in a beloved sci-fi franchise leaves, another guy who played a sentient piece of computer software in a beloved sci-fi franchise is there to take his place.” Bruce Boxleitner is stepping in to save the role of VP Baker. The character actor’s claim to fame is his portrayal of Tron in the groundbreaking 1982 film. Also, he reprised his role in the underrated Tron: Legacy. Beyond the Tron universe, Boxleitner boasts a bevy of television work. He’s appeared in Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Babylon 5, NCIS, and Cedar Cove among others. Honestly, Boxleitner is a talented actor who doesn’t get enough credit and should slot into Supergirl nicely. Besides, seeing Tron and Wonder Woman rub elbows sounds like a delight.
But let’s talk about Brent Spiner for a second. Officially, the Star Trek actor stepped away from the show due to a scheduling conflict with his family. However, does this mean Spiner is free to appear in the new Jean-Luc Picard-focused Star Trek series? One can hope! Supergirl season four premieres Sunday, October 14th.