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Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 1:57PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery finds its Spock: Ethan Peck
Peck, the grandson of Hollywood icon Gregory Peck and a former star of ABC Family sitcom 10 Things I Hate About You, has been tapped to play the half-human, half-Vulcan science officer of the USS Enterprise on Season 2 of the CBS All Access series. Creator and showrunner Alex Kurtzman said of the casting: "Through 52 years of television and film, a parallel universe and a mirror universe, Mr. Spock remains the only member of the original bridge crew to span every era of Star Trek. The great Leonard Nimoy, then the brilliant Zachary Quinto, brought incomparable humanity to a character forever torn between logic and emotion. We searched for months for an actor who would, like them, bring his own interpretation to the role. An actor who would, like them, effortlessly embody Spock’s greatest qualities, beyond obvious logic: empathy, intuition, compassion, confusion and yearning. Ethan Peck walked into the room inhabiting all of these qualities, aware of his daunting responsibility to Leonard, Zack and the fans, and ready to confront the challenge in the service of protecting and expanding on Spock’s legacy. In that spirit, we’re thrilled to welcome him to the family." ALSO: Peck once played a younger version of Ashton Kutcher's That '70s Show character.
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 4:52PM EDT
Patrick Stewart to reprise Jean-Luc Picard role for a new Star Trek series on CBS All Access
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
It's official: Patrick Stewart will return to the Captain role he made famous on seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. "It is an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him," Stewart tweeted in confirming his return. Stewart also made a surprise appearance on stage today at a Star Trek convention in Las Vegas. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "the new series will not be a reboot of The Next Generation but instead is being described as an exploration of the next chapter of Picard's life. Additional details about the new series, including its title, episode count and premiere date, or being kept under wraps." Star Trek: Discovery co-creator and showrunner Alex Kurtzman, who's been charged with expanding the Star Trek franchise, will lead the creative team. "With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold," Kurtzman said in a statement. "For over 20 years, fans have hoped for the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and that day is finally here. We can’t wait to forge new ground, surprise people, and honor generations both new and old." ALSO: Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon and Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind screenwriter Akiva Goldsman are among the executive producers.
Posted Tuesday 7/31/18 at 6:25PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery promises a "very, very different" Spock
Source: TV Guide
"This is not entirely the Spock who has been formed enough to be the Spock that we know from TOS," says co-creator and showrunner Alex Kurtzman in an interview with TV Gu ide. There's a lot of story about who Spock was before he becomes the Spock that is the yin-yang to Kirk. What I'm so excited about is that we have an opportunity to present a version of Spock that's both totally consistent with the Spock everyone knows but very, very different. And it's all gonna tie to how we sink up with canon."
Posted Tuesday 7/24/18 at 2:04PM EDT
Who was cast to play Spock on Star Trek: Discovery?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Co-creator and showrunner Alex Kurtzman revealed at Comic-Con the role of Spock has been cast, but he declined to identify the actor. The Hollywood Reporter offers some possibilities for the Spock role, including Spock movie actor Zachary Quinto.
Posted Monday 7/23/18 at 9:27AM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery might introduce a character with a disability
Source: Digital Spy
"I'm very curious about what differently abled means in the future, when modern medicine has advanced to a place where so many of the things that are problems now are gone," says co-creator and showrunner Alex Kurtzman. ALSO: Star Trek: The Original Series is helping Discovery Season 2 find its fun side.
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 6:51AM EDT
How a potential Patrick Stewart-led Capt. Picard Star Trek series could turn out
Star Trek has a sprawling universe of novels, comics and video games exploring Captain Jean-Luc Picard after Star Trek: The Next Generation and his Star Trek movies.
Posted Tuesday 6/19/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery's Alex Kurtzman signs five-year deal to help deliver more Star Trek shows
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Kurtzman, the Discovery co-creator who was named last week as the CBS All Access drama's new showrunner, has signed a $25 million deal to develop new Star Trek TV series, miniseries and other content, including animation. According to The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg, "the new deal comes as rumblings about another Star Trek series, featuring Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Star Trek: The Next Generation's Capt. Pickard, have been heating up. Sources say Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman, who left Discovery after season one, are attached to the Stewart-led reboot. CBS TV Studios declined to confirm the Stewart project as sources say a deal is far from completed and may not happen despite the fact that the actor recently teased his potential return to the franchise." ALSO: Potential new Star Trek series include a Wrath of Kahn limited series and Gossip Girl team's Starfleet Academy show.
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 10:21PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery showrunners ousted for allegedly abusive behavior in the writers' room
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman will take over as showrunner on the CBS All Access series, replacing Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg, who were fired for leadership and operational issues -- not for creative reasons. The pair -- who were ousted after nearly completing five Season 2 episodes -- "became increasingly abusive" to their writing staff, according to The Hollywood Reporter. They were also responsible for a Season 2 premiere budget that "ballooned" at the expense of the rest of the season. This is the second Discovery showrunner change after co-creator Bryan Fuller was dismissed after clashing with CBS over the Star Trek series' concept. Detailing the allegedly abusive behavior, The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg reports that Harberts is "said to have leaned across the writers' room table while shouting an expletive at a member of the show's staff. Multiple writers are said to have been uncomfortable working on the series and had threatened to file a complaint with human resources or quit the series altogether before informing Kurtzman of the issues surrounding Berg and Harberts. After hearing rumors of HR complaints, Harberts is said to have threatened the staff to keep concerns with the production an internal matter."
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 6:58AM EST
Star Trek: Discovery's Season 1 finale was a microcosm of the entire season as a whole
The CBS All Access series showed that dark, gritty reboots of beloved franchises can have a purpose, says Todd VanDerWerff. "It has the eye-rolling stabs at 'adult content' (here a visit to an alien sex club, with plenty of bare flesh all around), the occasionally ridiculous attempts to bring stories full circle, and the genuinely thoughtful consideration of what it would mean to try to truly live by Starfleet’s principles ... The series feels as if it’s earned its deconstruction of the Trek mythos, no matter how many weird missteps it took along the way."
- Executive producer Alex Kurtzman explains the season finale
- Producers see the finale as an opportunity to say, “This is exactly how Discovery fits into the timeline"
- Star Trek: Discovery composer says it's been "mind-blowing" to work for a franchise he's loved since he was a kid
- It seems like Discovery's creative team hasn't figured out what the show is about
- The season finale gave hope to the Discovery skeptics
Posted Tuesday 10/10/17 at 10:15PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery co-creator tells fans not to worry about the show’s darker tone
"You can not make Star Trek without respecting and honoring the fact that the essential vision that (Gene) Roddenbury had was an optimistic one of the future," says executive producer Alex Kurtzman.
Posted Friday 9/29/17 at 11:05PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery boss says we were “very, very lucky” to find Sonequa Martin-Green
Finding an actress to play Michael Burnham was a “tall order,” says executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “She has to have this remarkable duality inside of her… highly emotional, but in a way that is contained,” he says. “She’s struggling between the two parts of herself. Unlike Spock, who is half-human, half-Vulcan, she is all human, but she’s been trained with the kind of Vulcan emotional-suppression ideology, and that is very challenging for her… you can see that wrestling match going on in every moment. That was the single most important thing to define the character, and I think we just had a sense that (Sonequa) intuitively understood it.” ALSO: Saru has become Star Trek: Discovery’s most divisive character.