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Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
Star Trek: Discovery and The Good Place each found humanity in hell
The CBS All Access series may be completely different from The Good Place, but they are both is "moving in parallel" with each other, says Genevieve Valentine. "Though they couldn’t be more tonally different, each show is deeply concerned with how one person making moral decisions — or compromising them — can change a world," writes Valentine. "And those complexities of subjective morality, utilitarianism, and acceptable collateral damage are all tied into stomach-sinking revelations: The characters in these stories are trapped in horrible places, the utopia they’ve been sold is a lie, and it’s a surprisingly small jump from that supposed utopia to their horrible reality. The central question of each show is whether their protagonists will be defined by the hell they’re in, or whether they’ll be able to redefine it."
Posted Friday 2/16/18 at 2:13PM EST
The Good Fight is naming each Season 2 episode after how many days President Trump has been in office
The Season 2 premiere, which will be available on CBS All Access on March 4, will be titled "Day 408." The following episode will be called "Day 415." Co-creator Robert King explains that the naming pattern aims to make the Trump presidency feel like a hostage crisis, as Season 2 grapples with the "evergreens of this administration," including impeachment, Russia, prostitution, sexual harassment and a nod to Stormy Daniels. As Lisa de Moraes explains, co-creators Robert and Michelle King "have not yet decided the degree to which they will draw attention to the hostage-crisis episode titles, any one of which might become an iconic number if something big breaks in Trumpocalypse on that day."
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
CBS All Access renews cop comedy No Activity
The comedy about the mundane lives of cops starring Tim Meadows and Patrick Brammall aired eight episodes in November and December.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 8:22PM EST
Forget the naysayers: Star Trek: Discovery delivered the strongest first Star Trek season since The Original Series
Since last night's finale of the CBS All Access series, Matt Zoller Seitz says "I’ve seen mostly expressions of disappointment or outright hostility, mingled with affection for certain characters, moments, and episodes. This baffles me." In fact, he says, Discovery's first season was so stellar that the series "could be one of the all-time greats if it plays its cards right," he says. "At its best, Discovery surprised and moved me in ways that very few freshman series manage to do. This show has brains, soul, and a big heart. There were missteps here and there, to be sure. But there always are in first seasons, and the ones seen here were minor compared to, say, those of The Next Generation, which became a classic eventually, but was tedious and hesitant until pretty deep into season two. Frankly, I’m having a hard time taking seriously any complaints about plausibility or too-easy resolutions — especially with regard to the finale — when nearly every episode of every Trek series that isn’t a cliff-hanger ends with things being wrapped up neatly with a surprise tactical maneuver or an impromptu peace treaty hammered out in a scene or two, usually by charismatic rule breakers who just improvise on the spot."
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 2/06/18 at 1:29PM EST
The Good Fight unveils its Season 2 trailer
“The world is going insane, and the Chicago murder rate is on the rise,” reads a synopsis for Season 2 of the CBS All Access series. “Amidst the insanity, Diane, Lucca, Maia and the rest of the law firm find themselves under psychological assault when a client at another firm kills his lawyer for overcharging.”
Posted Monday 2/05/18 at 3:25PM EST
The Good Fight books Tim Matheson
He’ll recur on the CBS All Access series as a bartender who becomes “friendly” with Christine Baranski’s Diane Lockhart.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
Why Star Trek: Discovery is like fan fiction
“When I say Star Trek: Discovery is like fan fiction,” explains the AV Club's Zack Handlen, “what I mean is: It’s a show that uses the tropes of an established franchise without any real understanding of how those tropes work; and it’s written without the craft or patience necessary to tell a story that means something outside of our recognition of those tropes. To put it another way, if this was just called Discovery, if the serial numbers were filled off and this was just another science fiction show with aliens and parallel universes and FTL drives, I doubt we’d be talking about it."
Posted Monday 1/29/18 at 5:55AM EST
Star Trek: Discovery star: “I’ve lied to the press constantly since the very first day I got this job”
“So why would you believe anything I say now?” the Discovery star says of Sunday’s twist.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
Star Trek: Discovery fans should “rage-quit" the show after last night’s “horrible new twist”
“I think I knew in my heart it was coming, but denied it because I was giving this show the benefit of the doubt—that it had greater themes in mind, but couldn’t help poorly executing them,” says Katharine Trendacosta. “I was, in fact, wrong. There are no deeper themes, just twists. This is Star Trek by way of M. Night Shyamalan.”
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 1:13PM EST
Homeland’s Rupert Friend to star in an occult period CBS All Access drama
On Strange Angel, he’ll play a “lost soul and drifter” who becomes the tour guide for a young scientist through the underbelly of 1930s Los Angeles.
Posted Monday 1/15/18 at 3:55PM EST
Star Trek: Discovery star: “It was like being in the CIA”
The subject of last night’s big twist is speaking out, telling Variety: “It’s been like a year’s worth of secrecy now. It’s been a year of keeping up a crazy secret that a lot of people figured out toward the end. That’s always hard. I couldn’t say anything. The whole set was quiet in general because it was Star Trek anyway. It was like being in the CIA.”
Posted Monday 1/15/18 at 6:31AM EST
Star Trek: Discovery bosses explain Sunday's big plot twist
Producers said they weren’t surprised some fans figured out the twist early on. "We understand how fervent, devoted and smart Star Trek fans are, so we had a sneaking suspicion that they would be theorizing on everything," says co-showrunner Gretchen J. Berg.
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 8:32AM EST
Star Trek: Discovery producer on this week’s shocker: We have a smart audience that “thrives on nuance”
Co-showrunner Aaron Harberts and one of the stars from CBS All Access drama are reacting to the latest development, with some spoilers of what is to come.
Posted Sunday 1/07/18 at 3:33AM EST
The Good Fight’s second season will include a Trump impeachment storyline
"The Democratic Committee is auditioning firms to take over impeachment hearings," co-creator Robert King said at the TV press tour. "A lot of it is a debate about how Trump could be impeached." ALSO: Rob Reiner to play a Good Fight judge.