After spending some time apart, CBS/Paramount and Viacom got remarried in a lavish ceremony last year. Now there’s a new/old boss in charge….and what does every entertainment conglomerate want these days, more than anything? Their own successful streaming service, of course. Only one problem: CBS sort of already has that, in the form of CBS All Access.
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We were complaining two weeks ago that Star Trek: Lower Decks was a month away and we still hadn’t seen a trailer for it. Looks like today was the day we got one.
Had enough New Star Trek yet? CBS will tell you when you’ve had enough! Yet another Trek-iverse series is set to premiere this summer, though it looks and feels very different from all that’s come before it.
Star Trek has proven to be a profitable niche for CBS All Access. Whatever your opinion might be on the quality of the shows they’ve produced so far, there’s no denying the franchise has needed a new home for a long time, and thanks to streaming it has an owner willing to help it nurture and grow again.
You may have heard that, recently, CBS and its former parent company Viacom got back together after their ugly 2000s divorce. What made them believe they could make a second go at coupleship? Perhaps it’s the whole “streaming wars” thing.
Stephen King’s The Stand has had a tumultuous ride through Hollywood. The book has been in print since 1978, and during ALL THAT TIME, one person or another has been trying to make a movie out of it. The big problem is that The Stand is one of King’s hugest books, and fitting the entire story into a two-hour sit would require a lot to be cut out or rewritten.
CBS has been a bit more daring with the content of its All Access streaming service — although it’s still stodgy ol’ CBS, so not TOO daring. At least they’re willing to monkey around with their valuable Star Trek brand to the point where they’d approve something like this.
Dr. Spock is arguably the most iconic Star Trek character of all time, with his pointy ears, Sam Donaldson eyebrows, and biological devotion to cold rationality. The Vulcan’s shoes aren’t easy to fill, especially considering how synonymous Leonard Nimoy was in the role.
Trekkies jumped for joy last weekend as Paramount announced Patrick Stewart is returning to the role that made him famous — Jean-Luc Picard, former captain of the Enterprise — in a yet-to-be-titled Star Trek TV series!
CBS’s Star Trek Discovery has been hit with repeated delays. If the original schedule had stayed on track, we would have seen the first episode six months ago, but for unclear reasons, the premiere date was pushed to May and then to the ambiguous “fall.” It’s ambiguous no longer: today CBS came out with a solid release date that we don’t expect them to change this time. The voyage begins Sunday, September 24.
During CBS’s Upfront presentation this week, one of the big reveals was the first actual look anyone’s gotten at the long-in-development Star Trek Discovery, aka the first attempt in years to revitalize the Trek brand on the small screen. It takes place ten years before the events of the original series and stars The Walking Dead’s Sonequa Martin-Green. CBS was gracious enough to put the trailer that the press saw online. It’s getting mixed reactions. See what you think….
CBS, as far as we know, is developing a new Star Trek series — the first since the franchise exited television back in the early 2000’s. But it’s anyone’s guess when we’ll actually get to see this alleged Star Trek Discovery, the first original program for the CBS All Access streaming service.