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Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Entire Star Trek franchise to be honored with the TV Academy's Governors Award
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
CBS Television Studios will accept the honor at the Creative Arts Emmys. "Star Trek is the first television program I can remember watching as a child, and has always been ahead of its time," said Governors Award Committee chair Mark Spatny. "Not only have all the franchises promoted inclusiveness and acceptance of all people, and inspired creative thought about space exploration and our future, but the technical innovations sparked by the franchise are incredibly significant to the evolution of television production, and also to the communication and computer tools we use in our daily life. We are honored to present this award to a franchise that has made such a lasting contribution to both television and our society.”
Posted Monday 7/30/18 at 1:49PM EDT
Doug Grindstaff, Star Trek's sound effects maestro, dies at 87
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Grindsaff, a five-time Emmy winner, came up with Star Trek's Tribble coos, communicator beeps and the whoosh of Enterprise bridge doors opening and closing. In a 2016 interview, Grindstaff said Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry "wanted to paint the whole show (with sound) like you were painting a picture. And he wanted sounds everywhere. One time I asked him, 'Don't you think we're getting too cartoony?' Because I felt it should be a little more dignified, but he wanted sound for everything."
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 6/28/18 at 6:48PM EDT
Science fiction writer Harlan Ellison, who penned one of the best-ever Star Trek episodes, dies at 84
Ellison also wrote episodes of Babylon 5, The Outer Limits and the 1980s Twilight Zone TV series. But he's best remembered for writing the original Star Trek series episode "The City On The Edge Of Forever," which is widely considered one of the best if not the best of all theTrek franchise episodes. "Harlan Ellison: There was no one quite like him in American letters, and never will be," tweeted Stephen King. "Angry, funny, eloquent, hugely talented. If there's an afterlife, Harlan is already kicking a** and taking down names."
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 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."