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    Captain on the bridge! [LINK]

    CBS’ “Star Trek: Discover” will feature a female lead, Variety has confirmed. Executive producer Bryan Fuller is expected to discuss the role Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

    CBS Television Studios, which is producing the series, is in the process of casting the role, which could potentially go to a woman of color. During a Q&A last month at Comic Con, Fuller spoke about Mae Jamison, the first African-American female astronaut and Nichelle Nichols, the lone African American and lone female cast member on the original “Star Trek” series, as inspirations for the characters on his show. “I think that ‘Star Trek’ is a show of firsts,” he said at the time.

    Avery Brooks as Capt. Benjamin Sisko on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” was the first African American to lead a “Star Trek” series. Kate Mulgrew as Capt. Kathryn Janeway on “Star Trek: Voyager” was the franchise’s first female lead. The female lead on “Discovery” will not necessarily be a captain.

    Shooting on “Star Trek: Discovery” is set to begin in two months, with David Semel set to direct the premiere.

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    Live-tweets from TCA:

    TrekMovie.com ‏@TrekMovie
    #StarTrekDiscovery will be set in the Prime universe, about 10 years before Kirk and co. Will “bridge the gap” between ENT and TOS #TCA16

    Natalie Abrams ‏@NatalieAbrams
    FYI, #StarTrekDiscovery is set 10 years before Kirk’s five-year mission, not before his birth #TCA16

    TrekMovie.com ‏@TrekMovie
    #StarTrekDiscovery will be about an event in Trek history that has been talked about but never fully explored, says @BryanFuller #TCA16

    The TCA ‏@OfficialTCA
    Bryan Fuller’s vision for @StarTrekCBS: “With this new series, we are telling a Star Trek novel over 13 episodes.” #TCA16 #StarTrekDiscovery

    Adam B. Vary Verified account ‏@adambvary
    “Absolutely we’re having a gay character” on #StarTrekDiscovery says @BryanFuller, who kept hate mail from Voyager that 7of9 might be gay.

    KSiteTV ‏@KSiteTV
    They will be updating styles of sets, prosthetics etc. Able to pull off with higher production value now. #TCA16 #StarTrekDiscovery

    Kate Stanhope ‏@katestanhope
    Bryan Fuller teases more aiiens on #StarTrekDiscovery, specifically both “new, exciting aliens” and “re-imaginings of existing aliens”

    KSiteTV ‏@KSiteTV
    The unseen conflict in Starfleet history is NOT the Romulan War. #TCA16 #StarTrekDiscovery

    Melanie McFarland ‏@McTelevision
    Update: though lead in #StarTrekDiscovery will be a human female, she won’t be a captain. #TCA16

    Debra Birnbaum Verified account ‏@debrabirnbaum
    .@BryanFuller says #StarTrekDiscovery is set so close to Kirk era “we can play with all the iconography of those ships and those uniforms.”

    KSiteTV ‏@KSiteTV
    The unseen event is not the Black Ops Section 31, but that may come up in the season. #TCA16 #StarTrekDiscovery

    KSiteTV ‏@KSiteTV
    Ralph McQuarrie’s designs for Star Trek: Phase II actually came up as design inspiration for the new series. #TCA16 #StarTrekDiscovery

    Eric Goldman Verified account ‏@TheEricGoldman
    They put together that ship reveal teaser for #SDCC, but design is being tweaked a bit still. #StarTrekDiscovery

    KSiteTV ‏@KSiteTV
    Does Amanda Grayson factor in to #StarTrekDiscovery? “Mayyyybe,” @BryanFuller says. #TCA16

    Scott Fairbanks ‏@Sxottlan
    The only big pre-TOS event that I can think of is the Battle of Axanar. #StarTrekDiscovery

    Eric Goldman Verified account ‏@TheEricGoldman
    “Probably slightly more graphic content” says Fuller of #StarTrekDiscovery being on CBS All Access. They’re discussing language. #TCA16

    Debra Birnbaum Verified account ‏@debrabirnbaum
    .@BryanFuller: We are not subject to broadcast standards & practices. Neither was #Hannibal and we got away with murder. #StarTrekDiscovery

    KSiteTV ‏@KSiteTV
    “We haven’t cast her yet, so we don’t know what level of diversity she will be” – Fuller on #StarTrekDiscovery lead #TCA16

    Jarett Wieselman Verified account ‏@JarettSays
    StarTrekDiscovery will likely shoot certain scenes — in terms of sex & violence — several ways as they find their boundaries in edit #TCA16

    Diane Gordon ‏@thesurfreport
    Fuller thinks they’ll shoot scenes a couple different ways & decide in editing room what’s best for #CBSAllAccess #StarTrekDiscovery

    Eric Goldman Verified account ‏@TheEricGoldman
    Fuller is open to bringing in familiar characters, including TOS bridge crew, though wants to establish main cast first. #StarTrekDiscovery

    Eric Goldman Verified account ‏@TheEricGoldman
    Fuller liked NOT focusing on captain to give “A different perspective. A different dynamic and relationship to the crew” #StarTrekDiscovery

    KSiteTV ‏@KSiteTV
    Kobiyashi Maru is ALSO not the #StarTrek thing that will factor in to the new series. #TCA16 Panel is over now. 🙁 #StarTrekDiscovery

    Eric Goldman Verified account @TheEricGoldman
    Fuller shot down the following as what #StarTrekDiscovery is set around: Axanar, Kobayashi Maru, Section 31.

    TrekMovie.com ‏@TrekMovie
    Commercials will be “limited” for all CBS All Access shows, including #StarTrekDiscovery, at 12 min/hour. #TCA16

    Wait? We’re paying for this and it’ll have commercials?

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    @earl wrote:

    CBS’ “Star Trek: Discover” will feature a female lead, Variety has confirmed. Executive producer Bryan Fuller is expected to discuss the role Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

    CBS Television Studios, which is producing the series, is in the process of casting the role, which could potentially go to a woman of color.

    I would personally vote for either Angela Bassett or Constance Wu. I am particularly wooed by Wu.

    You know who the fanboys (myself included) would really go giddy over? Gina Torres.

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    @earl wrote:

    Wait? We’re paying for this and it’ll have commercials?

    Well, dang. I was thinking I’d be on board by the time it makes it to “air”, and I’d subscribe if it was only a few bucks. But commercials too? Screw them. One of the reasons I stopped watching TV a decade ago was due to all the damn advertising that I have to endure just to watch a show that’ll probably get cancelled just because I liked it. It’ll cost more in the end, but I’d rather just buy a season pass off iTunes. At least I won’t have to deal with commercials for things I would in no way ever purchase. If they don’t put it up on iTunes, then I’ll just… acquire it by less than legal means.

    #9274

    Well this is interesting. What would be really interesting would be if they only spent 15-30 minutes with each ship/crew before jumping to an unrelated storyline for which the budget is no more than $50,000. [LINK]

    When interviewing Bryan Fuller at the Saturn Awards, Moviefone followed up on this hint from the trailer, asking if the show would follow just one crew.

    “No, I think we will be seeing lots of crews in the story. One of the things that is exciting for me is that we are telling a ‘Star Trek’ story in a modern way. We’re telling a 13-chapter story in this first season. It’s nice to be able to dig deep into things that would have been breezed passed if we were doing episodic and had to contain a story to an episode.”

    Fuller seems set on making Discovery a very much modern show, despite being part of such an old franchise, using serialized storytelling rather than the classic alien-of-the-week structure. And of course, the serialized format would make following “lots of crews” much easier.

    The idea of following more than one ship in the fleet is really exciting, as before the shows have been very much self contained. While keeping the characters contained in one structure can build character development and relationship dynamics, there’s a lot to be said for splitting characters up.

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    More tidbits, this time from Ain’t It Cool News. If you don’t feel like visiting a site that looks like it never left the ’90s, here are the big pieces of info… [LINK]

    • “Star Trek Discovery’s” lead character, whom we learned earlier this month would be a female, human non-captain Starfleet officer, will be referred to in the series as “Number One,” showrunner Bryan Fuller told me during a radio chat late Saturday. “When we introduce our protagonist, she is called ‘Number One’ in honor of Majel Barrett’s character in the original pilot [“The Cage,” which starred Jeffrey Hunter as Capt. Christopher Pike]. Fuller added that we will learn Number One’s real name before the end of the first season.
    • The first season of “Star Trek Discovery,” which begins airing in January, will boast only 13 episodes (the shortest live-action season of Star Trek ever produced), but Fuller told me during the same KERN-FM interview he would prefer to produce only 10 “Star Trek Discovery” episodes per year.
    • While Fuller and “Star Trek Into Darkness” screenwriter Alex Kurtzman wrote the first hour of “Star Trek: Discovery,” the second hour was scripted by Nicholas Meyer (“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country”).
    • Thirteen “Discovery” episodes have been ordered for 2017; is there any chance of getting a 14th that year? “Probably unlikely,” said Fuller, “but there’s — things change weekly and you never know how the wind’s going to blow.”
    • Did you know every live-action season of “Star Trek” from 1966 to 2005 utilized a minimum of two time-travel episodes per season? It’s true! But Fuller seemed to indicate – at least at first – that the first season of “Star Trek: Discovery” might be the first live-action season of “Star Trek” NOT to utilize time travel.
    • “We’ll probably have some [casting] announcements in October,” said Fuller.

    No time travel? Insert Grumpy Cat “GOOD!” meme here. Enterprise wore time travel out. Doctor Who is still producing new episodes. Star Trek needs to be about space travel.

    Another thing mentioned is that Fuller would fight against a 20+ episode season a la Treks past. I agree with that. I know we American viewers are still kind of scratching our heads as some shows here adopt what I call “BBC seasons”, but look at it this way: the shows that have done that? They’re your Games Of Thrones and your Stranger Things and your Walking Deads. They’re all killer and no filler. Trying to crank out 20 stories on pain of death or cancellation gets you episodes like Imaginary Friend and Armageddon Factor and the almost universally despised “boxing episode” of Battlestar Galactica (or six-week arcs on Lost that are basically psychological torture porn). The shorter season is the writer and producer’s friend; longer seasons mean the show isn’t about the integrity of the Story, but about keeping the sausage factory open to crank out Product.

    Intriguing, all these hints that our main character might be Number One, Majel’s character from The Cage. Makes me wonder if the Captain – who we won’t necessarily see a lot – will be Pike. (I know this is prime timeline and not JJ-verse, but I wouldn’t kick them out of bed for casting Bruce Greenwood as Pike again… his absence is felt in Star Trek Beyond.)

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    I hope they go with an entirely unknown crew, I don’t need callbacks. I’m frankly tired of them. I don’t care if Captain Picard’s grandfather was in Starfleet, just write good characters.

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    Time for me to nitpick a little (it’s what I do):

    Did you know every live-action season of “Star Trek” from 1966 to 2005 utilized a minimum of two time-travel episodes per season? It’s true! But Fuller seemed to indicate – at least at first – that the first season of “Star Trek: Discovery” might be the first live-action season of “Star Trek” NOT to utilize time travel.

    Um, I only know of five time travel stories in TOS and three of them are in season one:

    The Naked Time (Season One)
    Tomorrow is Yesterday (Season One)
    City on the Edge of Forever (Season One)
    Assignment Earth (Season Two)
    All Our Yesterdays (Season Three)

    Also, there was only one time travel episode in the Animated series: Yesteryear.

    [Source]

    So, no, not “… minimum of two time-travel episodes per season…”

    I’m all for fewer episodes yielding more quality. The filler episodes can be really annoying even in really good shows like Babylon 5. In fact, it was a little frustrating to watch B5 and then be subjected to a filler story. “Come on man! Get me to the main action!” would be my lament.

    #9278

    CBS has taken note of the rumble of dissatisfaction about ads in a paid stream. [LINK]

    One extra bit of good news today for American readers. Until today to watch Star Trek: Discovery in the US you had not just to sign up to the CBS All Access subscription streaming service, but also to endure watching the show with adverts on that service. But no more! Today CBS All Access has launched a commercial-free option, which for $9.99 a month means you can watch Star Trek, and everything else offered on All Access uninterrupted. The regular $5.99 a month option will also continue if you don’t mind the adverts.

    At 13 episodes, the show lasts 3.25 months, so…if you’re signing on just for Discovery…that’s $40 you’re shelling out.

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    And again, I’m considering the streaming option to support them and hopefully ensure multiple seasons, and yet I don’t want to watch streaming anything due to my lousy (and sometimes unreliable) internet speed. I’d much rather have an iTunes option so I can keep episodes for later viewing without having to go through their service. Maybe I’ll have to do both, stream the new eps and later acquire the shows for future viewings.

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    Do you think it’s strange that, only a few months from the launch of a new Trek series, we don’t really know a dang thing about it? We don’t even know if anybody has been cast yet. No names have been mentioned for the crew. It’s been stated that the promo trailer’s version of Discovery might not even be the final design. I would like to think it’s because they want to keep everything under wraps – maybe Bryan Fuller is the kind of guy who absolutely hates spoilers and wants to preserve as much mystery until airing as possible. I just find it odd that CBS isn’t trying to drum up interest by throwing as much info out there as possible.

    I’m definitely a Star Trek kind of guy rather than a Star Wars type. I enjoyed Star Wars but was never blown away by it like a lot of other kids when it hit theaters. I have rarely ever looked up anything about Star Wars online. And yet, I come across a link to a Memory-Alpha article, and three or four hours will just vanish. I spent something like 6 hours looking up Trek stuff tonight, basically for no reason. It just snowballed. I went there because of a 50th anniversary link, and never left. At the moment I keep looking up Google Images searches for FASA Starfleet ships and wonder how they could have gotten so many designs so wrong. And being impressed at how authentic looking the Axanar ship designs are and feeling kind of sad we’ll never get to see them in action.

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    @Steve W wrote:

    Do you think it’s strange that, only a few months from the launch of a new Trek series, we don’t really know a dang thing about it?

    Maybe the tepid box office on the movie has something to do with it.It’s possible certain executives just want to put this project on the back burner and distance themselves from a perceived failure despite the fan excitement.

    …I come across a link to a Memory-Alpha article, and three or four hours will just vanish. I spent something like 6 hours looking up Trek stuff tonight, basically for no reason. It just snowballed.

    Secretly reading up on Voyager because you are a closet fan despite your derogatory remarks about the show? 😀 Yes, I have a long memory and love pushing that button.

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    No, for me it’s things like books, comics or fan films that fill in the stories that we didn’t get to see played out on a Trek show. For example, clicking around Memory Alpha and Beta I discovered that there’s a series of books based on the Enterprise era, namely about the NX-02 and Captain Hernandez, that has the Columbia somehow going back in time to the other side of the galaxy and Hernandez accidentally creates the Borg. Seriously. It makes the worst of the Star Wars Extended Universe books sound like literary masterpieces in comparison to that. I just wish these novel writers would stop trying to tie everything together, it’s just so fan-wanky.

    But if their standards are so low for Trek books, maybe I need to write a story where the gross salamander creatures Janeway and Paris devolved into in that one terrible episode had their little disgusting blob children somehow go through a rend in the fabric of space/time and get thrown back into the beginning of the universe, where their descendants will evolve and grow and eventually become the Q. I could knock that one out in a few days with minimal effort and only a first draft. If Fifty Shades of Gray, a book that started out as amateurish Twilight fanfiction, could be a best seller then my book could at least sell a few thousand units.

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    The back cover blurb writes itself!

    BEFORE THEY BECAME THE Q…
    …THEY WALLOWED IN THEIR OWN P

    #9284

    Aaaaaand it’s May 2017, not January. Given that they’re not even going to start shooting until October, this does not surprise me. [LINK]

    The highly anticipated new Star Trek drama, Star Trek: Discovery, originally slated to debut in January, will bow in May, while The Good Wife followup series, which had been slotted for spring, will now open in February.

    As previously announced, the 13-episode Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on the CBS linear network, presumably during the May sweep, after which all episodes will be made available on CBS All Access exclusively in the U.S. (Netflix has international rights in 188 country, Bell Media in Canada)

    The scheduling shift was driven by a request from the creative team of Star Trek: Discovery. Created/executive produced by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, the new Star Trek series has three completed scripts and the first season mapped out. Sources say the show, which is now casting, was moving along according to its production schedule but its producers proactively asked the studio for more time to use in pre-production, filming and post.

    “Bringing Star Trek back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood,” Kurtzman and Fuller said in a statement. “We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality. Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: Star Trek deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.”

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