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Star Trek comedy coming to CBS All Access

Being developed by Emmy Award winner Mike McMahan

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CBS All Access today announced a two-season order for “Star Trek : Lower Decks”, a new half-hour animated comedy series developed by Emmy Award winner Mike McMahan (“Rick and Morty”). The series will focus on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships and will be produced by CBS Eye Animation Productions, CBS Television Studios’ new animation arm; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment. Secret Hideout’s Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin and Roddenberry Entertainment’s Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth and Katie Krentz will serve as executive producers alongside McMahan. Aaron Baiers, who brought McMahan to the project, will serve as a co-executive producer.

“Mike won our hearts with his first sentence: ‘I want to do a show about the people who put the yellow cartridge in the food replicator so a banana can come out the other end.’ His cat’s name is Riker. His son’s name is Sagan. The man is committed,” said executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “He’s brilliantly funny and knows every inch of every ‘Trek’ episode, and that’s his secret sauce: he writes with the pure, joyful heart of a true fan. As we broaden the world of ‘Trek’ to fans of all ages, we’re so excited to include Mike’s extraordinary voice.”

“As a life-long Trekkie, it’s a surreal and wonderful dream come true to be a part of this new era of ‘Star Trek,'” said executive producer Mike McMahan. “While STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS is a half-hour, animated show at its core, it’s undeniably ‘Trek’ – and I promise not to add an episode at the very end that reveals the whole thing took place in a training program.”

“Star Trek : Lower Decks” is not McMahan’s first “Star Trek” project. As a long-time fan of the series, in 2011 McMahan started a Twitter account where he posted episode plots to a fake season of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” They were such a hit that Simon & Schuster hired him to write a readers’ guide to a fictitious eighth season of “TNG” titled “Star Trek: The Next Generation: Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season.” For television, McMahan recently served as head writer and executive producer on Adult Swim’s hit animated series “Rick and Morty” and co-created Hulu’s animated alien family show “Solar Opposites.”

“We couldn’t have imagined a better creative team to work with on CBS All Access’ first original animated series than Mike McMahan, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment,” said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content, CBS All Access. “Star Trek : Lower Decks” is a fantastic complement to our growing lineup of original series and our ongoing expansion of the ‘Star Trek’ universe on CBS All Access.”

In addition to being CBS All Access’ first animated series, “Star Trek : Lower Decks” is the latest expansion of the “Star Trek” franchise on CBS All Access. CBS All Access is currently home to the hit original series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY in the U.S., returning with season two on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, and “Star Trek : Short Treks”, a series of four short stories tied to “Star Trek : Discovery” and the overall “Star Trek” universe. CBS All Access also announced plans for a new untitled “Star Trek” series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard.

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Fun casting for IG-88 in The Mandalorian

The upcoming live-action “Star Wars” series set to premiere on Disney Plus

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“Thor Ragnarok” helmer Taika Waititi recently shot an episode of Disney Plus’s “The Mandalorian” – the live-action “Star Wars” TV series that will feature, among others, fan-fave Boba Fett – and now it’s being revealed he’s also playing a character in it.

Showrunner and executive producer Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) has posted a behind-the-scenes pic on Instagram of the beloved filmmaker recording his voice for the part of bounty hunter IG-88. The droid character is best known for his appearance in “The Empire Strikes Back” but he didn’t speak in his brief moments on screen.

Waititi, you may recall, also voiced a part in “Thor Ragnarok” – that of amiable Kiwi rock-guy Korg.

“The Mandalorian” is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

 

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See Samuel L.Jackson give Brie Larson a Unicorn

“Captain Marvel” stars reunite for new Netflix film, airing next month

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“Unicorn Store”, a new movie reuniting “Captain Marvel” stars Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson,premieres on Netflix April 5.

Larson makes her directorial debut on the film, which also stars Joan Cusack and Bradley Whitford.

Kit (Brie Larson) is a lonely twenty-something dreamer who’s reluctant to leave the comforts of childhood and fully embrace adulthood. But when art school sends her packing, Kit is forced to move back home with her parents and take a temp job in a boring office. Just when she’s resolved to finally put her Care Bears aside and grow up, a mysterious salesman (Samuel L. Jackson) enters Kit’s life and offers to give her childlike heart its greatest desire. Larson’s directorial debut, with a script by Samantha McIntyre, is a love letter to everyone’s inner child, and a reminder that no dream is impossible.

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Lizzy Caplan to play Misery‘s Annie Wilkes

“Masters of Sex” alumna inherits the role from Kathy Bates, who played the role in a 1990 film

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Lizzy Caplan will play a young Annie Wilkes in the second season of “Castle Rock”.

The “True Blood” and “Masters of Sex” alumna inherits the role from Kathy Bates, who played the obsessive fan in the 1990 film “Misery”.

The next batch of eps of the Hulu drama, based on the stories of Stephen King, fixes on Nurse Wilkes’ stopover  – with teenage daughter (Elsie Fisher) in tow – in the town.

The character gets caught up in a battle between two warring clans, the iconic Merrill crime family and John “Ace” Merrill (Garrett Hedlund), who is defending nearby Jerualem’s Lot. Tim Robbins, who starred in the King adaptation of “The Shawshank Redemption”, will play ‘Pop’ Merrill.

Robbins’ character, Reginald “Pop” Merrill, is the Patriarch of King’s iconic crime family.

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