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Sir Patrick Stewart is Returning to Star Trek for a New Series About Picard

August 4, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard, of the USS Enterprise. Image: CBS/Paramount Pictures

The most venerable captain in Star Fleet history is back.

As has been rumored for a while, CBS announced today that Sir Patrick Stewart, who played Captain Jean Luc-Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation, will be reprising his role in a new series that will explore “the new chapter in Picard’s life.” The series will be coming to CBS All Access, though not many more details about it are known at this time.

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In a statement on Twitter, Stewart said he was “excited and invigorated” to return to the role that was instrumental in making him a household name. The show will feature Alex Kurtzman leading a creative team that will also include James Duff (The Closer) , Akiva Goldsman (Star Trek: Discovery), Michael Chabon (John Carter, and a bunch of books), and Kirsten Beyer (Discovery), according to the Hollywood Reporter.

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At the live panel for the announcement at Star Trek Las Vegas, Stewart was also quoted as saying that “it may not be the Jean-Luc you know and love,” citing experience and time as changing factors in the development of the character.

No word on when the show will air, but when it does, it will be the first new live-action material set in this part of the Star Trek universe since the last The Next Generation movie in 2002. Also, according to the panel discussion, no scripts have been written as of yet, though the series is planned to take place 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis.

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“With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold. For over 20 years, fans have hoped for the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and that day is finally here. We can’t wait to forge new ground, surprise people, and honor generations both new and old,” said Alex Kurtzman, in a statement.

Make it so, captain. Make it so.

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CBS CEO Les Moonves faces sexual misconduct investigation

July 27, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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The CBS board of directors will investigate allegations of sexual misconduct laid against CEO Les Moonves. The New Yorker published an exposé from investigative reporter Ronan Farrow detailing the accusations of six women who say that between the 80s and mid-aughts, the executive sexually harassed them. Four of them, including the actress Illeana Douglas said they were forcibly touched or kissed during business meetings, while two accused him of employing physical intimidation and threats to derail their careers. The report also contains claims of harassment against other men in the CBS and CBS News divisions, including 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager.

The board is hiring an independent company to conduct the investigation. “All allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously. The Independent Directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the Company’s clear policies in that regard,” the board said in a statement. Once the investigation is complete, the board will weigh the findings, then decide on appropriate measures.

For the time being, Moonves will remain as CEO and “the CBS management team has the full support of the independent board members,” in part due to an ongoing legal dispute with CBS owner National Amusements. Moonves and Shari Redstone, who is National Amusements president as well as vice chairman of CBS and Viacom, have disagreed over the company’s direction. Redstone has attempted to merge the company with Viacom, which National Amusements also owns, but Moonves and CBS have resisted the move. The battle for control will play out in court in October, as CBS seeks to reduce Redstone’s voting power from 80 percent to 20 percent.

Farrow was one of the reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein’s alleged history of sexual assault, leading to the downfall of the movie producer. He now faces rape and sexual assault charges. “A quick reminder that I don’t comment on reporting I haven’t published,” Farrow tweeted. “If you’re reading about my work from secondary sources you’re often not getting the full or correct story — especially in cases where parties have an interest in downplaying or otherwise spinning.”

Moonves helped turn CBS into the most watched television network in the US. He has been credited with helping the company adapt to a more digital-focused media landscape, such as with the launch of the CBS All Access and Showtime streaming services.

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Discovery Is Coming to Star Trek Online, and It's Bringing Cadet Tilly Along for the Ride

July 26, 2018 — by Kotaku.com0

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Star Trek Online is boldly going… back to the latest Star Trek show!Image: Perfect World/Cryptic Studios

Honestly, you had me at “Tilly.”

Perfect World and Cryptic Studios has just announced Age of Discovery, a brand new series of story content (and the opportunity to create their own Federation character from the Star Trek: Discovery timeline) for the free-to-play Star Trek MMO, the game’s first major official tie-in with Star Trek: Discovery.

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Although since Discovery’s launch last year there have been a few tie-in promotions with Star Trek Online—players could get the Discovery crew uniforms as a bonus for logging in when the show debuted, and the game’s lootcrate system has previously offered versions of the Discovery and the Shenzhou from the show as ships players could unlock—Age of Discovery will be the first story-based content set in the timeline of the latest Star Trek show.

Set in 2256 just after the Battle of the Binary Stars shown in Discovery’s first two episodes, the Age of Discovery storyline will see players dive into the new war between Starfleet and the Klingons, squaring up against J’Ula, head of the Klingon House of Mo’Kai, and sister of T’Kuvma. As players visit several locations from the first half of Discovery season one, like the mines on Corvan II or even the Discovery’s unfortunate experimental sister ship, the U.S.S. Glenn, they won’t be alone—they’ll be joined by the wonderful Sylvia Tilly, with Mary Wiseman reprising her role from the show.

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It’s a big move for Star Trek Online—and literally a whole extra time period of Trek history for it to play with, considering most of the game is set in the decades after the events of series like The Next Generation, Voyager, and Deep Space Nine. Not only is this the game’s first opportunity to play in the world of Discovery, it’s a chance for the time period to get fleshed out beyond the confines of the CBS All Access series while fans wait for its return. Given how good STO has been at offering intriguing continuations of beloved Trek shows before, it’ll be interesting to see its take on Discovery’s world.

Star Trek Online: Age of Discovery’s first installment is set to launch on the PC version of the game this fall, before coming to PS4 and Xbox One versions at a later date.

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'Star Trek: Discovery' mini episodes arrive this fall

July 20, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

CBS All Access won’t have the next season of Star Trek: Discovery ready for streaming until early 2019, but fans won’t have to wait until then for new content. Today at Comic-Con executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman revealed four “Short Treks” will arrive throughout the fall, as 10 – 15 minute standalone episodes. Rainn Wilson’s character Harry Mudd will be featured in one, Aldis Hodge as Craft in another, while the other two follow characters Saru and Tilly. Naturally CBS also dropped off a trailer for season two, which you can check out after the break.

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CBS All Access NFL games will stream on mobile devices this season

June 25, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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CBS announced today that it has extended its deal with the NFL and the network will stream NFL games via CBS All Access through the 2022 season. Additionally, those games can also be streamed on mobile devices starting this season. “We’re very pleased to extend and expand our partnership with the NFL and give our viewers and CBS All Access subscribers the ability to stream NFL On CBS games on mobile phones in addition to all other platforms for years to come,” Marc DeBevoise, COO of CBS Interactive, said in a statement. “This deal enables us to deliver even more value to NFL fans, our subscribers and our distribution partners.”

CBS airs regional AFC games on Sundays and its mobile streaming deal follows similar agreements made between the NFL and other networks. NBC has the mobile streaming rights to Sunday Night Football while ESPN can stream Monday Night Football to mobile devices. Fox has mobile streaming rights to both the Sunday NFC games it airs as well as some Thursday Night Football games. Amazon has some streaming rights to Thursday Night Football as well. Previously, Verizon held exclusive mobile streaming rights to NFL games, an arrangement it gave up last year so that it could stream games on multiple platforms.

“We are excited to extend our partnership with CBS as it aligns perfectly with our goal of providing NFL fans with greater opportunities to watch NFL games across digital devices,” Hans Schroeder, COO of NFL Media and Business, said in a statement. “The 2018 season will mark a new era for NFL fans with unprecedented access to NFL games across digital platforms.”

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Four 'Star Trek' series are in the works from 'Discovery' showrunner

June 19, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Get ready for more Trek than you can shake a phaser at. According to a report at Variety, CBS has signed a five-year deal with current Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman’s production company to expand the television franchise to new live action series, mini-series and possible animation.

Kurtzmann co-wrote the scripts for 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Variety reports that there are several new shows set in the universe already in development, including a series set at Starfleet Academy from the same folks behind the CW reboot of Dynasty, Gossip Girl, and Hulu/Marvel’s Runaways. There are also two possible limited series, one based on the Wrath of Khan storyline, as well as an animated series with plot details kept under wraps. According to Variety, CBS Television studios gets exclusive rights to all the content Kurtmann and his production company Secret Hideout make over the next five years.

Even though Star Trek: Discovery was renewed for a second season, it’s had its share of production woes and platform issues. Last month, the showrunners who replaced Brian Fuller were again replaced by none other than Kurtzman himself.

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'Star Trek: Discovery' replaces its showrunners (again)

June 15, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Star Trek: Discovery was successful enough to be renewed for a second season, but it was plagued with production problems that eventually led to the departure of showrunner Brian Fuller. If you were hoping that things would calm down for season two, there’s more bad news: CBS just replaced Fuller’s replacements, Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts. Executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman, a Star Trek veteran of both films and TV shows, will take over the role.

“We’ve made some producer changes at Star Trek: Discovery. The series continues under the creative vision and leadership of executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman,” CBS said in a statement. “Discovery remains on course for season two in 2019 with new and continuing stories that build on its successful premiere season.”

Berg and Kurtzman departed over “leadership and operational issues” and not for creative reasons, according to the Hollywood Reporter (THR). The showrunners had reportedly become abusive, and some writers became uncomfortable working on the series and threatened to file HR complaints, according to an unnamed source. Discovery was also reportedly well over budget.

The news isn’t all bad. Kurtzman will give the show some much needed stability, and CBS brass is reportedly pleased with the rough cuts and scripts they’ve seen so far. On its launch last year, Discovery gave CBS’ All Access paid streaming service a much-needed boost, and generally received good reviews. It should return in 2019 with the focus on a new character, Captain Christopher Pike (James T. Kirk’s predecessor), plaid by Anson Mount.