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Posted Monday 12/10/18 at 8:46AM EST
Patrick Stewart's Star Trek series, The Orville and Mayans MC are among nine TV shows to earn California tax credits
Marc Cherry's CBS All Access drama Why Women Kill, HBO’s Flowers of Helvetica, Freeform's Good Trouble, ABC's The Rookie, FX's American Horror Story and CBS All Access' Strange Angel are also among the nine shows scoring $90 million in total California tax credits. The tax credits will likely lead to The Orville and Good Trouble's renewals for a respective third and second season.
Posted Tuesday 12/04/18 at 1:01PM EST
Patrick Stewart's Star Trek series to launch at the end of 2019
The CBS Access drama revolving around Stewart's Star Trek: The Next Generation character, Jean-Luc Picard, will arrive at the end of next year. “In 2019, its not one Star Trek, it’s two Star Treks," CBS' new chief creative officer David Nevins said at the UBS media conference on Tuesday. "Discovery at the beginning of the year, and Picard will start at the end of the year."
Posted Wednesday 11/28/18 at 8:50PM EST
Star Trek's groundbreaking interracial kiss turns 50
On Nov. 22, 1968, William Shatner's Captain James T. Kirk and Nichelle Nichols' Lieutenant Nyota Uhura locked lips. The episode, “Plato’s Stepchildren," would help change attitudes in America about interracial relationships.
Posted Friday 11/09/18 at 10:34PM EST
Michelle Yeoh might star in a Star Trek: Discovery spinoff
Yeoh's Captain Emperor Georgiou could become the second Star Trek character to be spun off into a new CBS All Access series, following in the footsteps of Patrick Stewart's Jean-Luc Picard. According to Deadline's Dominic Patten, Yeoh is in talks to reprise her Star Trek: Discovery role for a stand-alone CBS All Access series. "There is a natural momentum here as Yeoh’s once Captain Philippa Georgiou is already set to return to Discovery in Season 2 after leaping off into the final frontier at the end of Season 1," reports Patten. "Still in the early planning stages, the spinoff looks likely to focus on a continuation of her Discovery Season 2 adventures in Starfleet’s Section 31 division. The semi-secret and autonomous organization has been a part of Trek lore since it was first introduced in the 1990s on the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine series." A CBS All Access spokesperson wouldn't confirm if a Discovery spinoff was in the works. ALSO: Pulitzer-winning author Michael Chabon talks about his TV debut with Star Trek: Short Treks and writing for Jean-Luc Picard.
Posted Thursday 11/01/18 at 12:44PM EDT
UCLA buys a historic movie theater with plans to rename it after Leonard Nimoy
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Crest Theater in L.A.'s Westwood district will be transformed into the UCLA Nimoy Theater in honor of the Star Trek icon. Nimoy's widow, Susan Bay Nimoy, helped donate money for the purchase of the theater, which originally opened in 1940 and was renovated by Disney in 1987.
Posted Thursday 10/25/18 at 1:26PM EDT
CBS All Access orders a Star Trek animated comedy spinoff
Star Trek: Lower Decks will become the first-ever official Star Trek comedy series. CBS All Access has given a two-season order to the half-hour animated series, from Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan, that will “focus on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships." “Mike won our hearts with his first sentence: ‘I want to do a show about the people who put the yellow cartridge in the food replicator so a banana can come out the other end,'” says CBS All Access' Star Trek boss Alex Kurtzman in a statement. “His cat’s name is Riker. His son’s name is Sagan. The man is committed.” McMahan adds: “As a life-long Trekkie, it’s a surreal and wonderful dream come true to be a part of this new era of Star Trek. While Star Trek: Lower Decks is a half-hour, animated show at its core, it’s undeniably Trek — and I promise not to add an episode at the very end that reveals the whole thing took place in a training program.”
Posted Thursday 10/18/18 at 1:36PM EDT
Star Trek to avoid Disney's Star Wars mistakes and avoid franchise fatigue
While CBS is planning to develop new “new series, miniseries and other content opportunities, including animation" based on the Star Trek franchise, producers are intent on avoiding oversaturation. As Star Trek franchise boss Alex Kurtzman tells TrekMovie: “You have a good meal and then decide to take a walk before you have your dessert. That’s how to look at it.”
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Star Trek actress Celeste Yarnall dies at 74
Yarnall was best known for her one-episode appearance on Star Trek: The Original Series, playing Yeoman Martha Landon on the October 1967 episode “The Apple” opposite Walter Koenig's Chekov.
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Characters from four Star Trek TV series will team up for an upcoming comic book series
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Star Trek: The Q Conflict will bring together the characters from Star Trek: The Original Series, The Next Generation, Voyager and Deep Space Nine.
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 3:53PM EDT
Patrick Stewart tweets a pic of the Jean-Luc Picard Star Trek series writers' room
"The journey has begun," the Star Trek: The Next Generation alum tweeted, announcing the start of the Trek series revolving around Capt. Picard.
Posted Tuesday 9/11/18 at 9:05PM EDT
The Star Trek franchise has used a surprising amount of paper
A new YouTube video shows how even though Star Trek is supposed to be futuristic, it's still heavily reliant on something as old as paper.
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 Thursday 8/30/18 at 1:33AM EDT
William Shatner rules out appearing on any new Star Trek shows
Source: The Toronto Star
“Right now I’m happy doing what I’m doing,” says the 87-year-old actor. “I’ve been offered many series over the years. But I haven’t done them because of the commitment of time. And at this stage of my life that’s more valuable than anything else.”
Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
Patrick Stewart's new Star Trek series should "Last Jedi the Hell Out of Captain Picard"
The new Star Trek series should do for Picard what Star Wars: The Last Jedi did for Luke Skywalker, says James Whitbrook. "That sort of hoping might rankle longtime Trek fans," he says. "In fact, many of them have spent the last few days desperately hoping for the direct opposite of Star Trek: The Last Jedi. They’ve read Stewart’s own statement that the new show’s Picard would be a 'man who has been changed by his experiences' and shuddered at the mere thought of a disillusioned, weary Picard roaming around an isolated family vineyard swigging freshly-squeezed Targ milk. They’d already had to go through one traumatic fictional upheaval, why wish that on another old hero? Why can’t Picard just be the Picard we saw in TNG and the movies? Because that would be kind of boring, for starters."
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 3:26AM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery's Sonequa Martin-Green welcomes Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek franchise
"This man," tweeted the actress on Sunday. "How I’ve looked to him over the years for creative education, inspiration and guidance. Absolutely THRILLED that he’s returning to the fold. We stand on your shoulders…"