Star Trek: DiscoveryLatest News and Opinion
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
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
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 Wednesday 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery's best episode was made due to a lack of cash
“In terms of the time loop, we were desperate to save money, I am not going to lie,” co-showrunner Aaron Harberts says of the bottle episode “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad.”
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery's Saru's originally looked V-shaped with 10 eyes
Original showrunner Bryan Fuller envisioned Doug Jones' Saru as "a multi-eyed character that had a specific V-shape to it."
Posted Thursday 4/26/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery teases Season 2
The CBS All Access drama released a "Goes Back Into Production" video with a hint of Spock.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 11:31PM EDT
Young Spock will appear on Star Trek: Discovery Season 2
Star Trek: The Next Generation alum Jonathan Frakes says he's directing the episode featuring Young Spock.
Posted Monday 4/16/18 at 12:41PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery was legally required to redesign the Enterprise
Designer John Eaves explains why the CBS All Access version of the ship had to be 25% different from the Enterprise on Star Trek: The Original Series for legal reasons.
Posted Wednesday 4/11/18 at 1:11PM EDT
Tig Notaro boards Star Trek: Discovery Season 2
The comedian and former One Mississippi star will guest-star on the CBS All Access drama as chief engineer Denise Reno of the USS Hiawatha, which was briefly mentioned in a Star Trek video game as an Akula-class ship affiliated with the Federation Starfleet. As is Star Trek: Discovery custom, the announcement of her role didn't reveal how many episodes she'll appear in. Notaro is coming off of Season 2 of her autobiographical Amazon series One Mississippi, which was canceled in January. She also directed Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson's recent 2 Dope Queens specials for HBO.
Posted Monday 4/09/18 at 1:45PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery gets Anson Mount to play Captain Kirk's predecessor
Mount is moving from Marvel's ABC drama Inhumans to the CBS All Access series to play Captain Christopher Pike, who led the USS Enterprise before Captain James T. Kirk.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery's Season 2 will aim to be more "Trekian"
Co-showrunner Aaron Harberts says of the CBS All Access series so far: "this was an interesting season because it was set against the backdrop of war. One of the things that we are looking forward to in season two is a tone that we can now be in a more of an exploratory phase, a more diplomatic phase, maybe a bit more of a ‘Trekian’ chapter of this." ALSO: How Discovery can be more "Trekian."
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 5:23PM EST
Les Moonves: We could've made a lot more money selling Star Trek: Discovery to another streaming service
“We could have sold it to Netflix for a lot more money, but you can be darn sure All Access wouldn’t be doing as well,” the CBS boss said at a conference today. ALSO: Moonves predicts that tech giants will bid for NFL rights when the contract is up in five years.
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 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 Friday 2/02/18 at 6:18PM EST
Anthony Rapp says he came forward with Kevin Spacey allegation because he “knew there were more stories”
The Star Trek: Discovery star made his first televised comments about the Spacey sexual misconduct scandal today on The Talk. "I knew there were more stories. So I was just hopeful that coming forward, it would encourage other people to tell the truth,” he said.