Check out the full panel of Brent Spiner taking questions from fans at Big Apple Comic Con 2019.
Topics discussed included how Brent developed his Bob Wheeler character from “Night Court” and how it led to his role on Star Trek: The Next Generation, auditioning to be Data and origins of the Data name, his appearance at the first Star Trek con in NYC, being John Adams in 1776 on Broadway, the “Fresh Hell” incident, and more.
Award-winning author David Gerrold entertained and educated fans as he shared his incredible life as a novelist and screenwriter.
In this panel moderated by Larry Nemecek, Gerrold (who is known to many as the man who wrote the famous “Trouble with Tribbles” episode of the original Trek series) discussed working on Star Trek, his relationship with Gene Roddenberry, what happened when he worked on Next Generation, the “Trials and Tribbleations” episode of Deep Space Nine, progressiveness in Trek, memories of James Doohan and Leonard Nimoy, and much more related to his writing work in Trek and other series.
Check out the full panel from Big Apple Comic Con 2019 with Captain Kirk from the original “Star Trek” himself, William Shatner!
Some things discussed include his thoughts on the new Twilight Zone and memories of working on the original, a discussion about how he made his documentary “Invasion Iowa” and why he should probably never go back there again, a medical school with a facility secretly named after him, and more.
At Toy Fair 2019, I was lucky enough to meet the folks from WizKids, who were kind enough to donate a bunch of their primed miniatures for me to paint on this channel.
I got items from their Star Trek Attack Wing, Dungeons & Dragons, and Pathfinder Deep Cuts lines. Watch the vid to see exactly which minis I received, and to find out when the next miniature painting video will be online.
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There’s still a long road ahead of us while we wait for the debut of the upcoming Captain Picard series, but our faith of the heart has paid off… okay, no more “Enterprise” jokes – for now. Today, we know have two new faces who will be part of the show who are both new to the world of Star Trek.
CBS All Access announced today that Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd will join the cast as series regulars alongside Sir Patrick Stewart in its upcoming untitled Picard-centric Star Trek series.
Just who exactly these actors will play is still a mystery, but at least we know the cast is shaping up beyond our titular lead.
Cabrera has starred in “Salvation” for CBS, as well as HBO’s “Little Big Lies”. Hurd has been featured in “Blindspot” and other cop dramas, as well as some Marvel shows such as “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones”.
On Friday, CBS All Access announced Hanelle Culpepper will direct the first two episodes of the new series, and that casting had begun. Today is what we hope the first of many casting announcements to come in the weeks ahead.
The report came earlier today from The Hollywood Reporter, who revealed that Discovery writer Michelle Paradise — who joined the series in season two — has been promoted to serve as co-showrunner alongside Alex Kurtzman for season three.
Great news for Star Trek fans, as the CBS All Access exclusive “Star Trek: Discovery” series has been renewed for another season. Along with that announcement, we learned a new showrunner will beam up with them to take the conn.
“Michelle joined us midway through season two and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of Trek,” Kurtzman said. “Her grasp of character and story detail, her drive and her focus have already become essential in ensuring the Trek legacy, and her fresh perspective always keeps us looking forward. I’m proud to say Michelle and I are officially running Star Trek: Discovery together.”
“The massive success of Star Trek: Discovery‘s second- season launch exceeded our expectations in both driving subscriber growth and generating a phenomenal response from Star Trek fans,” Julie McNamara, executive vp originals at CBS All Access, told THR.
“With Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise at the helm, we look forward to continuing Star Trek: Discovery‘s journey, growing the Star Trek franchise on CBS All Access and bringing fans new Star Trek stories for many years to come.”
No return date for season three has been revealed, and season two is currently still unfolding on their streaming service.
Paradise becomes the third new showrunner to helm this series. Kurtzman, who co-created the series alongside Bryan Fuller, took over for Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg after the pair were released while working on the second season of Discovery. Harberts and Berg replaced Fuller, who was also released before the series premiered.
Commander Riker and Captain Picard may be reuniting soon, at least behind the scenes anyway!
Jonathan Frakes, AKA Cmdr. Riker from “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, has been a busy man in the sci-fi world, having recently directed episodes of “Star Trek Discovery”, “The Orville”, and “The Gifted”. It looks like he will be returning to the Trek franchise for the upcoming Picard series with Patrick Stewart to direct him in at least one episode.
Frakes spoke on The Writer’s Experience podcast, where he confirmed working on the upcoming Picard series, and also described a little of the aesthetic of the show:
Now my season looks like Star Trek: Discovery – the new wonderful Star Trekseries, the Picard show – which Patrick [Stewart] is launching, and The Orville, which is some people’s new Star Trek. And I just finished The Gifted, which is a sort of X-Men Marvel origins show. So, I am back in that world.
… My favorite part of the job is directing the acting, and enjoying the actor, and being sure I capture the moments that the actors created for us, especially with actors at the level of some of the stars of these shows. Sonequa [Martin-Green], and Patrick [Stewart]…and Anthony Rapp and Doug Jones.
When you give them a note they take the note and you can watch them fine tune it. It’s like a musician, like a fine violin player. They don’t over-dramatize the note. They just tune the instrument ever so slightly in an elegant, creative, stylish way. That’s the real treat of a day’s work.
None of this means that Frakes can’t don the red jumpsuit once more and appear in the show, and we certainly hope he will join Picard on-screen. It will certainly be a memorable reunion for Trekkers and Trekkies alike.
Trying to talk sense into corporations is never easy, especially if you are just one person. Combine that with the idea of “Ableism” – meaning things that hinder folks with various disabilities from doing things that aren’t a problem for able-bodied people, and therefore leave those disabled people in the dust – and you have a recipe for disaster. Enter CBS, and one Star Trek fan’s fight to be able to enjoy his franchise the way they needs to watch it.
In a reddit thread for Star Trek Discovery, one user wrote about their experience with CBS. This particular person was hoping to get audio description tracks for the visually impaired for “Star Trek Discovery”, which exclusively streams in the US on CBS All Access. They sent a message to the company, and received an unexpected reply.
Here was their response, via the thread:
“Thank you for your interest. Unfortunately, at this time we don’t have much information about audio tracks for the visually impaired, but with CBS All Access, subscribers enjoy more than 10,000 episodes from over 90 CBS series on their mobile devices, computers or streaming devices without a cable subscription. Subscribers can also stream their local CBS station live (in select markets) and binge-watch our ad-free TV Classics. If you’d like to try CBS All Access and take advantage of our FREE TRIAL for first-time subscribers, visit http://www.cbs.com/all-access and click and click the “Try it FREE” icon. If you still need assistance, click the “Contact Us” tab on the right side of this page and complete the form, or call (888) 274-5343 , 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. (ET) to speak to an agent. Regards, CBS All Access Customer Service”
In other words, we can’t really help your inquiry, but you can buy our stuff. Buy our stuff!
CBS already produces these descriptions for a number of their programs, but have not made them available on CBS All Access.
The battle to get proper closed captions and audio description tracks on streaming services is sadly not an old fight. It took some lawsuits to get Netflix to agree to do it, but it has still been a horrible mess, including shows missing entire sentences or sometimes being completely erroneous.
Here is the original posting:
Oddly enough, since Discovery is on Netflix outside of the US, the show has audio descriptions there – meaning they already exist, but not on CBS’s platform.
Not to sound like we are using this as a chance to self-promote, we do want to add that we here at NN2D have only recently begun adding closed captions to some of our videos on Youtube, and have found the user interface to be a bit user-unfriendly. We hope to continue adding CC to our newer videos, and some of our more popular older videos. It’s a time consuming process, especially for a site manned by one person, but it is in our radar, and something we aim to do so everyone can enjoy our content.
For now, the fight to get CBS to agree to this continues. You can make your voice heard as well by flooding them on social media to help make this happen.
We were at NY Toy Fair 2019, and saw a ton of things. Here is our review and discussion of some of the things we saw, what we liked, what we didn’t like, best surprises and biggest disappointments!
Check out the video below:
Some of the highlights include our looks at booths from NECA, Super7, Mezco, McFarlane Toys, Diamond Select, DC Collectibles, Playmobil, and more. Plus, discussion on what happened to action figures for girls, the retro gaming arcade craze with a look at four different booths making them, and some of our favorite indy booths.
Quick note: We had the wrong price for the Super Impulse Micro Arcade. We said it would be $11 but that is the wholesale price – retail will be $19.99 – 24.99.
Andrew Sumner from Titan Merchandise answers fan questions about Titan Vinyl products during NY Toy Fair 2019!
All questions came from The Unofficial Titan Merchandise Society, whose name I butchered but Andrew knew immediately. It was a long weekend folks, I have nearly 60 videos on Youtube from the event to prove how long it was!
Speaking of, don’t forget to check out our full live stream from their booth, which Andrew gave us a tour of. They also simulcast it on their social media, so for whomever watched it live – it was a live stream inception!
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