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06/24/16 03:38 PM
The upcoming Star Trek TV series will be unlike any
previous small-screen incarnation of the franchise in at least one key
respect, showrunner Bryan Fuller points out: It won’t be bound by
broadcast content standards.
In a red carpet interview with Collider,
Fuller said that the eagerly awaited new show, which will debut on CBS
in January but then switch to the streaming service CBS All Access, will
have a rather different prime directive than the previous 762 hours of
TV-sized Trek, which either ran entirely on broadcast networks or in syndication.
“Because we’re CBS All Access, we’re not subject to network broadcast
standards and practices,” says Fuller, who famously pushed the
boundaries of broadcast TV content on his last series, NBC’s Hannibal. “It will likely affect us more in terms of what we can do graphically. But Star Trek’s not necessarily a universe where I want to hear a lot of profanity, either.”
Maybe not a lot, but even a little profanity would be quite different than the generally chaste small-screen Trek universe that’s familiar to fans of The Next Generation, Voyager or Deep Space Nine.
Fuller also confirmed that the first season, which debuts next
January, will consist of 13 episodes. Casting is underway, and Fuller
says he’s considering actors for his roles in “a colorblind prism and a
The writer-producer was also asked if the franchise might include gay
characters for the first time. “I think the progressive audience that
loves Star Trek will be happy that we’re continuing that tradition,” he says.
The original Star Trek was, of course, an envelope-pushing show for its time, featuring progressive ideals and an inclusive, racially diverse cast. Trek
even aired TV’s first interracial kiss (between William Shatner and
Nichelle Nichols) in a 1968 episode that certain stations refused to
06/24/16 03:48 PM
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shiza h minelli wrote:Star Trek TV series to be more graphic, Bryan Fuller hints
06/24/16 04:06 PM
BoeschFan wrote:shiza h minelli wrote:Star Trek TV series to be more graphic, Bryan Fuller hintsAnd nobody will be watching because SeeBS is using a fucked up distribution model.I remember a time when we only had 4 channels... and they were free! Free dammit!
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06/25/16 12:02 AM
shiza h minelli wrote:BoeschFan wrote:shiza h minelli wrote:Star Trek TV series to be more graphic, Bryan Fuller hintsAnd nobody will be watching because SeeBS is using a fucked up distribution model.I remember a time when we only had 4 channels... and they were free! Free dammit!
06/25/16 07:18 AM
Oprahgeddon wrote:Shakes cane at tv. Wonders why there's no more Battle of the Network Stars.
06/25/16 09:42 AM
Happy 20th: Stargate SG-1 (1997-2017)
maddogziggy wrote:Im inas long as they avoid the time travel/timeline stories
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08/10/16 08:41 PM
Set phasers to scoop!Star Trek: Discovery executive producer Bryan Fuller closed out CBS’ portion of the Television Critics Association summer press tour with a panel previewing his anticipated reboot. Herewith are the 10 newsiest bits:* As we reported, the show’s lead character will be female. Fuller elaborated that she will be human but not a captain. She is a “Lieutenant Commander — with caveats.”* On the main story driving the 13-episode first season: “There’s an incident, an event in Star Trek history in the history of Starfleet that had been talked about but never fully explored. [We’re telling] that story through a character who is on a journey that is going to teach her how to get along with others in the galaxy.”* Fuller confirmed that the aforementioned series-opening event is not nor Kobayashi Maru, the Romulan War and it won’t involve Black Ops Section 31 (aka Starfleet’s black-ops arm). Fuller later spilled that said event was referenced during the original series and diehard fans “should be very happy. It’s something *I* want to see.”* “We’ll probably have a few more aliens than you normally do in a Star Trek cast,” Fuller revealed. “We’re going to have new exciting aliens and also re-imaginings of existing aliens.” (One of the original aliens is named Saru.)* Fuller said the new series will be set in the prime universe — aka the universe of the TV series, not the one of the J.J. Abrams movies — and will “bridge the gap between Enterprise and the original series,” which puts it “about 10 years before Kirk” and his five-year mission.* “There will be robots.”* “We’re absolutely having a gay character,” Fuller said, recalling how, during his time on the Deep Space Nine writing staff, fans sent hate mail protesting a rumor that Jeri Ryan’s character Seven of Nine was going to be gay. He added that he kept a file folder of the vitriolic mail in his garage, solely to remind him of the importance of including gay characters if he ever got his own Trek series.* Fuller strongly hinted that Amanda Grayson (aka Spock’s mother) would figure into the series. “I love that character. I loved Winona Ryder’s portrayal of her [in the 2009 movie] and it’s a great character. It would be fun in some iteration of this show to incorporate her and her storyline she’s not a central part of the show but we love that character.”* Fuller made light of the series’ acronym — STD — and said that sex and profanity likely will have a place on the show. “There will probably be slightly more graphic content,” Fuller said. “We discuss every day about language… Is it appropriate to have a bridge blow up and have somebody say, ‘Oh, s—t?'”* The series’ opening scene is “not set on Earth, and not on a planet,” Fuller divulged.* The show will feature “about seven” lead characters. Fuller, meanwhile, agreed “wholeheartedly” that Pushing Daisies‘ Lee Pace would be a nice add.Star Trek: Discovery episodes will unspool weekly on CBS All Access after initially launching with a two-hour episode on CBS network in January 2017.
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Baulder wrote:I am a huge Trek fan but cannot imagine paying to watch it online and still have commercials. I really don't understand why a broadcast network would want to put money into shows they don't deem good enough for primetime.
08/12/16 11:11 PM
shiza h minelli wrote:Baulder wrote:I am a huge Trek fan but cannot imagine paying to watch it online and still have commercials. I really don't understand why a broadcast network would want to put money into shows they don't deem good enough for primetime.It really has nothing to do with not being good enough for prime time. This is CBS using a tent pole franchise to promote their on demand digital services which is really the inevitable future of entertainment. This is a matter of what show CBS chose and when. Choosing Star Trek was a pretty smart move.
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