Star Trek Discovery captain

CBS concluded its day of Television Critics Association panels with a session on their streaming service, CBS All Access, and their first original series for that service, Star Trek: Discovery. Bryan Fuller answered questions and we already posted his remarks that the lead character was female, and he intended to feature an openly gay character. Fuller also told the TCA that there were roughly seven leads, common for Star Trek series.  After the jump you can find out what else we learned about the new Star Trek television series.

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star trek discovery captain

UPDATE: Enterainment Weekly’s James Hibberd is now reporting that the lead in question here is not the captain (at least not when the series begins), making this the first Star Trek series where the lead character of the show isn’t in command of the ship. Rather, the show will be told from the point-of-view of a subordinate, which is a very intriguing notion.

More details about the series are arriving as you read this, so look for those in a separate post from our own Fred Topel. The original article follows.

The temperament of any given Star Trek series is often defined by whoever is sitting in the captain’s chair. James T. Kirk led an adventurous, two-fisted crew through smart, pulpy adventures. The methodical Jean-Luc Picard was all about negotiation, diplomacy, and thoughtful solutions to tricky problems. Benjamin Sisko liked to bend the rules to force solutions, feelings be damned. So the casting of the captain for showrunner Bryan Fuller‘s upcoming Star Trek Discovery is a big deal. The nature of this character, and who is playing the part, may say a great deal about the show itself.

We still don’t know who will be sitting in the big chair, but an old rumor that rules out 49% of the Earth’s population has been all-but-confirmed: the captain of the U.S.S. Discovery will be a woman.

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star trek discovery timeline

Comic-Con 2016 offered our first serious look at Star Trek Discovery, the upcoming television show coming to the CBS All Access in 2017. In addition to the title reveal, a brief “first look” video also premiered, showcasing some very rough test footage showing the U.S.S. Discovery in action. Trek fans have been divided over the design, which looks more rigid than the sleek and sexy U.S.S. Enterprise, but we may have been missing the forest for the trees as we’ve been debating starship design aesthetics. According to series producer and showrunner Bryan Fuller, the ship features an important clue concerning exactly when in the Trek timeline the series is set.

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American Gods Season 1 2017

Starz presented a panel on their 2017 series American Gods, based on Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel. Co-showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green were in attendance and screened a trailer first. The clips showed Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) released early from prison for his wife’s funeral. He throws a gold coin on her grave and it sinks into the dirt. His wife, Laura Moon (Emily Browning) returns later in the clip saying, “Who said I died, Bobby?” But not before we see Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) recruit Shadow Moon when they meet on an airplane. Other visual clips include Shadow Moon walking through the forest, and swinging a hammer at a cow’s head in silhouetted slow motion.

After the panel, Fuller and Green spoke to reporters further about the visual aesthetic of American Gods. “Neil Gaiman’s book cracks open a window in a world we wanted to see,” Green said. “We started working with David Slade who is an incredible visionary and just immediately started sketching it out physically and conversationally until we could see the ideas really come to life, so we owe a lot of credit to his lens.”  Read More »

American Gods director

This year, something doesn’t feel quite right with Comic-Con. That’s true for a variety of reasons, but it’s mainly because Hannibal is no longer making appearances. A room packed with the enthusiasm of a large pack of Fannibals was always a treat. Hannibal may be off the air and out of Comic-Con, but that’s not stopping Bryan Fuller from attending. Yesterday, he brought with him his new show, American Gods (co-created by Michael Green).

Below, watch the American Gods trailer.

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new star trek tv series

2016 is a good year for Star Trek fans, with a new movie in theaters right now and a gigantic art show tribute at Comic-Con and a new documentary about Leonard Nimoy arriving in just a few months. This whole 50th anniversary thing is pretty cool. However, the most intriguing new Trek development is the most mysterious and it won’t arrive until 2017. I am, of course, taking about Bryan Fuller‘s new Star Trek television series, which presumably has a title and a premise, even if we don’t know anything about them yet. What we do know is the first director attached to series, as CBS has hired David Semel to helm the first episode of the show.

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In the U.S., Star Trek fans interested in Bryan Fuller‘s new series will have no choice but to subscribe to CBS All Access. It’s a major play to get TV viewers to sign up for CBS’ new streaming service, and a very smart one — Trek lovers are a devoted bunch, and if checking out a promising-new Trek series means paying for yet another service, you can bet a great many of them will grit their teeth and fork over the $5.99 per month.

But what about geeks outside the U.S.? How will they get to watch the new Trek when CBS All Access is only available in the States? Well, if you’ve got a Netflix account, you’re probably covered. The company has just scooped up exclusive rights to the new Star Trek show, as well as all the old Star Trek shows.  Read More »

Dane Cook

We recently got our first look at Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s “American Gods.” The photos revealed Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon and Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, and Dane Cook will soon accompany both actors. The actor and comedian will play Shadow Moon’s friend and boss at Muscle Farm, Robbie.

Below, learn more about the American Gods cast.

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Star Trek TV series

Writer and producer Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) is one busy, lucky man. At the moment, he’s working on two notable television projects: Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods and CBS’ new Star Trek series. Fuller just revealed a few illuminating details about Star Trek, which will stream next year on CBS All Access.

Below, learn what Fuller has planned for the show.

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