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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Oct 02, 2019. 15 comments

Nat Wolff cast as The Walkin' Dude's sidekick in CBS All Access' The Stand

Nat Wolff cast as The Walkin' Dude's sidekick in CBS All Access' The Stand

When Josh Boone’s long-gestating adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand was announced by CBS All Access, Constant Readers wasted no time in dishing up their dream casts for the post-apocalyptic epic. But now that we’re learning who, exactly, will play the Superflu survivors, excitement’s cooled off a bit. That’s not to say the series won’t be good, but King’s story is gritty and offbeat, a...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Aug 14, 2019. 18 comments

Viacom and CBS are merging again, because true corporate love never dies

Viacom and CBS are merging again, because true corporate love never dies

For the first time since they split up in 2005—which was nearly 14 whole years ago!—Viacom and CBS have announced that they intend to merge together into a single company… again. This comes from The Verge, which says the new company will be branded ViacomCBS and that current Viacom CEO Bob Bakish will become the CEO of the new company, with The Wall Street Journal saying this new/old union...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Aug 02, 2019. 11 comments

CBS All Access announces The Man Who Fell To Earth series

CBS All Access announces The Man Who Fell To Earth series

Director Nicolas Roeg’s the Man Who Fell To Earth from 1976 isn’t a perfect film, but it is a David Bowie film. That alone has made it worthy of being reexamined in the decades since, both critically and artistically, with the film now regarded as a cult classic and Bowie himself co-writing a musical version called Lazarus before his death. Now, as announced at a TCA event, CBS All Access is...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Jul 09, 2019. 18 comments

So, who is Marilyn Manson playing in The Stand?

So, who is Marilyn Manson playing in The Stand?

Last month gave us the first reports of who might be starring in CBS All Access’ 10-part adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand, a post-apocalyptic epic with a hefty cast of characters. Westworld’s James Marsden is looking like a lock as everyman Stu Redman, while Whoopi Goldberg, Amber Heard, and Greg Kinnear are circling other key roles. Also in the mix? Marilyn Manson, apparently, who...

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William Hughes William Hughes Jun 22, 2019. 21 comments

James Marsden might help lead the forces of niceness in CBS All Access' The Stand

James Marsden might help lead the forces of niceness in CBS All Access' The Stand

We don’t envy the producers of CBS All Access’ upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s beloved apocalyptic novel The Stand ; not only is it one of King’s most fervently read books, but just thinking about the casting on this thing is one hell of a headache. To put it bluntly, King’s book has a veritable fuck-ton of characters, even after weaponized superflu Captain Trips is done slicing its way...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti May 06, 2019. 17 comments

A recent The Good Fight episode replaced a cut sequence with a weird censorship message

A recent The Good Fight episode replaced a cut sequence with a weird censorship message

CBS All Access’ The Good Fight—a follow-up to The Good Wife with a stronger emphasis on fighting—recently got renewed for a fourth season, but that vote of support from its streaming home doesn’t mean the show is one of those runaway hits that can get away with whatever it wants. According to TVLine, the most recent episode of The Good Fight actually got flagged for some kind of bad content...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Apr 24, 2019. 9 comments

The Good Fight to keep fightin' good thanks to fourth season renewal

The Good Fight to keep fightin' good thanks to fourth season renewal

Less than a month out from The Good Fight’s season 3 finale, Deadline reports that CBS All Access has ordered a fourth season of its bold, morally-complex legal drama. Though it began as a spin-off of The Good Wife, the series has, thanks in no small part to Christine Baranski’s powerhouse performance, blossomed into an institution all its own.

“The Good Fight is in the middle of an incredible...

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Danette Chavez Danette Chavez Apr 01, 2019. 21 comments

Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone is worth the return trip

Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone is worth the return trip
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Though we still use its title as shorthand for the bizarre, dystopian times in which we live, a reboot of The Twilight Zone is a dicey proposition. Rod Serling’s classic genre-spanning anthology series has long been a standard-bearer for suspenseful storytelling suffused with social commentary—so long, in fact, that it’s already been...

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Shannon Miller Shannon Miller Mar 02, 2019. 11 comments

Happy Women's History Month: For the first time, a woman will direct a Star Trek pilot 

Happy Women's History Month: For the first time, a woman will direct a Star Trek pilot 

It looks like the untitled Star Trek Jean-Luc Picard series will explore some progressive territory, much like its Star Trek: Discovery predecessor. Per Deadline, Hanelle Culpepper will direct the first two episodes, making her the first woman ever to direct a pilot or debut episode within the franchise’s 53-year history. Another element it shares with Discovery: You’ll have to venture...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Feb 22, 2019. 22 comments

Jordan Peele's The Twilight Zone goes meta in creepy new trailer

Jordan Peele's The Twilight Zone goes meta in creepy new trailer

We knew that Jordan Peele’s reboot of The Twilight Zone would remake some of the original series’ most iconic entries, but don’t expect faithful adaptations. As the above trailer makes clear, at least one of the anthology series’ most famous episodes—“Nightmare At 20,000 Feet”—will veer off course. Sure, we catch glimpses of a fearful Adam Scott fretting in the airport and in his seat, but...

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William Hughes William Hughes Jan 31, 2019. 6 comments

Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone reboot premieres April 1...or does it?

Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone reboot premieres April 1...or does it?

It seems like we’ve been waiting for the arrival of the Jordan Peele-produced/hosted Twilight Zone reboot for years now, watching as an ever-expanding (and more exciting) list of guest stars filtered in to take part in Peele’s celebration of spooky genre TV. Now, CBS All Access has finally named a release date for the Peele-helmed series, announcing that it’ll air its first two episodes on...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Jan 15, 2019. 15 comments

CBS All Access is beaming up a Star Trek: Discovery spin-off series with Michelle Yeoh

CBS All Access is beaming up a Star Trek: Discovery spin-off series with Michelle Yeoh

CBS All Access remains in warp drive with producer Alex Kurtzman, who’s just announced the latest intergalactic adventure to join the network’s epic slate of Star Trek programming. Crazy Rich Asians star Michelle Yeoh will star in the new series as Starfleet Officer Philippa Georgiou, who you may recall from the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. When last we saw the character, she was...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Jan 10, 2019. 21 comments

CBS All Access wants to create the next generation of Trekkies with multiple animated Star Trek series

CBS All Access wants to create the next generation of Trekkies with multiple animated Star Trek series

CBS All Access is coming for your children. Alex Kurtzman, the architect of the network’s burgeoning Star Trek universe, just told The Hollywood Reporter that animation will be a key component of the sci-fi franchise’s expansion efforts. The goal, he says, is to breed a new generation of Trekkies.

“I go back to my childhood and Luke Skywalker, the [Star Wars] farm boy who looks out at the twin...

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William Hughes William Hughes Dec 05, 2018. 19 comments

Jean-Luc Picard to come back to save us from ourselves in late 2019

Jean-Luc Picard to come back to save us from ourselves in late 2019

Assuring us all that our stern but loving Space Daddy will soon be back to “make it so”…much better than it’s been since he left our TV screens and theaters, lo these many years ago, CBS chief creative officer David Nevins has revealed that the new Jean-Luc Picard-centric Star Trek series will arrive in late 2019. Per The Wrap, Nevins told reporters today that Star Trek: Discovery will be...

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William Hughes William Hughes Nov 10, 2018. 20 comments

Michelle Yeoh is in talks for her own Star Trek spin-off

Michelle Yeoh is in talks for her own Star Trek spin-off

[Note: This article discusses plot details from the first season of Star Trek: Discovery.]

Well, now it sounds like all the cool Starfleet captains are getting their own spin-offs. (Sit down, Bakula.) THR reports that Michelle Yeoh—who spent her time off between the first and second seasons of Star Trek: Discovery reminding Hollywood she’s Michelle Goddamn Yeoh, co-starring in the massively...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Nov 10, 2018. 3 comments

Michael Chabon's far-future Star Trek short takes some intriguing cues from WALL-E

Michael Chabon's far-future Star Trek short takes some intriguing cues from WALL-E

As the reinvigorated Star Trek franchise prepares for the launch of its Next Generation continuation series, CBS All Access is whetting appetites with a series of short films based around Star Trek: Discovery. While three of the four shorts focus on established Discovery characters, the one written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon has piqued interest by carving out a new...

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William Hughes William Hughes Oct 28, 2018. 20 comments

Michael Chabon's Star Trek short is boldly going further into the franchise's future than it's ever gone before

Michael Chabon's Star Trek short is boldly going further into the franchise's future than it's ever gone before

CBS has been giving Star Trek the “full power to engines” treatment of late, announcing a new Jean-Luc Picard series starring Patrick Stewart, an animated show from one of the writers of Rick And Morty , and, most immediately, a series of short films based around its popular Star Trek: Discovery, carrying the cutesy title Short Treks. Of the four announced shorts, three of them are focused on...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Oct 26, 2018. 20 comments

CBS All Access grows its Star Trek universe with animated comedy from Rick and Morty writer

CBS All Access grows its Star Trek universe with animated comedy from Rick and Morty writer

Last week, we reported on CBS All Access’s careful strategy for its Star Trek revival, which began in earnest with Star Trek: Discovery and will continue with a Next Generation sequel series starring Patrick Stewart. Now, the next project in its quest to steal some intergalactic real estate from Star Wars has been announced. Called Star Trek: Lower Decks, the half-hour animated comedy will...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Sep 20, 2018. 18 comments

Jordan Peele will host the new Twilight Zone, shares first teaser

Jordan Peele will host the new Twilight Zone, shares first teaser

The Twilight Zone wouldn’t be nearly as iconic as it is now without Rod Sterling guiding viewers in and setting up the mysterious sights and sounds of each story with his ominous introductions, but since Sterling has been dead for over 40 years, CBS’ new Twilight Zone reboot has had to face the impossible task of finding someone to fill his fancy shoes. (The old series never really showed...

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Danette Chavez Danette Chavez Jun 28, 2017. 24 comments

Star Trek: Discovery showrunners share their influences and more character backstory

Star Trek: Discovery showrunners share their influences and more character backstory

The newest addition to the Star Trek franchise, Discovery, has set a course for a September premiere, which means it’s really happening now. With the first voyage now in sight, CBS has stepped up the promotional push, releasing photos of Jason Isaacs as the rather stiff-looking captain of the Discovery, as well as info on what makes the lead character tick. As First Officer Michael Burnham,...

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