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Star Trek: Discovery Writer Quits After Using N-Word in Writers Room

Walter Mosley has left Star Trek: Discovery.

The author penned an op-ed which was published Friday by the New York Times in which he said that he quit a TV series when another writer complained about his use of the n-word in the writers' room.

Mosley said that he used the word while recalling a story from his past.

“I just told a story about a cop who explained to me, on the streets of Los Angeles, that he stopped all n—-rs in paddy neighborhoods and all paddies in n—-r neighborhoods, because they were usually up to no good,” he wrote.

“I was telling a true story as I remembered it."

Mosley, who is African-American and Jewish, said that he received a phone call from the Hr department of the studio.

“A pleasant-sounding young man said, ‘Mr. Mosley, it has been reported that you used the N-word in the writers’ room.
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Walter Mosley Exits ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Writers’ Room After N-Word Complaint

  • Variety
Walter Mosley Exits ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Writers’ Room After N-Word Complaint
Author Walter Mosley says he recently quit a television series on which he was writing after another writer complained about his use of the n-word in the writers’ room.

Mosley, who is African-American and Jewish, wrote in an op-ed for the New York Times that he had used the word while telling a story from his past. “I just told a story about a cop who explained to me, on the streets of Los Angeles, that he stopped all n—-rs in paddy neighborhoods and all paddies in n—-r neighborhoods, because they were usually up to no good,” he wrote. “I was telling a true story as I remembered it.”

He said that after that day, he received a phone call from the studio’s Hr department. “A pleasant-sounding young man said, ‘Mr. Mosley, it has been reported that you used the N-word in the writers’ room.’ I replied,
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‘The Passage’: Why Fox’s Biting Vampire Drama Thrives Thanks to Working Moms

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The showrunner of Fox’s intense vampire drama has a philosophy when it comes to staffing her shows: “I love hiring moms.”

Liz Heldens, who took on the reigns of adapting the popular bloodsucker novel “The Passage” as a series, is a mother herself, and what she believes is that “nobody gets it done like who needs to get home for bedtime. I’m serious. I really feel like women with kids are the most efficient workers.”

It’s a philosophy that other showrunners might not share, but Heldens goes out of her way to subvert that concept. “We have a writer on [‘The Passage’] who has four kids who didn’t want to tell me, and I didn’t know in the meeting. And then she told me on the first day, and I was like, ‘I woulda hired you so much faster,'” she told IndieWire. “You can
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Star Trek: Discovery Season 3: Release Date, Cast, News

Joseph Baxter Apr 18, 2019

CBS All Access is all-in for Star Trek: Discovery Season 3.

Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 is happening!

CBS All Access, which brought the iconic Star Trek sci-fi franchise back to its original small screen medium, ordered a third season halfway through Season 2's airing. And, with everything that went down in the Season 2 finale, we're so eager to find out what is next for the crew of the USS Discovery.

Here's everything we know about it so far...

Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 Release Date

The first half of Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 premiered in September 2017, with the second half coming back from hiatus in January 2018. Season 2 premiered in January 2019.

We would pencil Star Trek: Discovery's third season premiere for January 2020, but we'll keep you updated with any official news. With the Picard TV series set to premiere sometime this year, Discovery's premiere pattern could change.

Star Trek: Discovery
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Star Trek: Discovery Renewed for Season 3 With New Co-Showrunner

Star Trek: Discovery will not be grounded any time soon.

CBS All Access has placed an order for a third season of the space-set, and there will be a big change at the wheel.

Co-executive producer Michelle Paradise has been upped to co-showrunner and will share the role with current showrunner Alex Kurtzman.

“Michelle joined us midway through Season 2 and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of Trek,” Kurtzman said in a statement.

Related: Star Trek Discovery Showrunners Fired

“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.”

Paradise marks the latest big showrunner change on the hit series.

Co-creator Bryan Fuller exited before the series premiered, and Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Renewed for Season 3, Michelle Paradise Upped to Co-Showrunner

  • Variety
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Renewed for Season 3, Michelle Paradise Upped to Co-Showrunner
Star Trek: Discovery” has been renewed for a third season at CBS All Access.

The announcement comes after the series has aired just six episodes of its second season. In addition, Variety has learned that series co-executive producer and writer Michelle Paradise has been tapped to serve as co-showrunner alongside Alex Kurtzman. Kurtzman will still continue to oversee the expansion of the growing “Star Trek” universe under his deal with CBS Television Studios.

“Michelle joined us midway through season two and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of ‘Trek,’” said Kurtzman. “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.”

Prior to serving as co-executive producer on “Discovery,” Paradise was a co-executive producer
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Star Trek: Discovery Renewed for Season 3, Gets New Co-Showrunner

Star Trek: Discovery Renewed for Season 3, Gets New Co-Showrunner
Star Trek: Discovery is setting a course for a third season… with a new co-captain at the helm.

CBS All Access has renewed the Trek series for Season 3, TVLine has learned, and promoted co-executive producer Michelle Paradise to co-showrunner, along with current showrunner Alex Kurtzman.

“Michelle joined us midway through Season 2 and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of Trek,” Kurtzman said in a statement. “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
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'Star Trek: Discovery' Renewed for Season 3 at CBS All Access With New Co-Showrunner

'Star Trek: Discovery' Renewed for Season 3 at CBS All Access With New Co-Showrunner
Star Trek: Discovery will take off again for CBS All Access.

The Svod platform has handed out a third-season renewal for the cornerstone of its rapidly growing Star Trek franchise. Additionally, Discovery writer Michelle Paradise — who joined the series in season two — has been promoted to serve as co-showrunner for season three. She will continue to work alongside franchise captain Alex Kurtzman on the series.

Paradise becomes the third new showrunner to pilot Discovery. Kurtzman, who co-created the series alongside Bryan Fuller, took over for Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg after the duo were dismissed early in production ...
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Blu-ray Review: Valentine Collector’s Edition

  • DailyDead
Like a shot through the heart, Scream Factory’s new Collector’s Edition release of Valentine has arrived and is filled with nothing but love for Jamie Blanks’ underappreciated 2001 cinematic love letter to slashers and giallo films. And as someone who has been a fan of the movie since its theatrical release, I am totally a smitten kitten over all the awesomeness contained on this new Valentine Blu, making for an excellent celebration of one of the most overlooked modern horror whodunits, and I hope it helps folks who may have dismissed it in the past realize just how much fun Valentine truly is.

For the uninitiated, Valentine first transports us back to the year 1988 where, at a middle school dance, social reject Jeremy Melton attempts to ask a bunch of the popular girls to dance, getting wildly rejected before finding one gal who would make out with him, but
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Star Trek: Discovery Showrunner Explains How Season 2 Syncs Up With The Original Series

Star Trek: Discovery season 1 drew a lot of controversy due to how disconnected it was in tone and continuity from previous Trek shows, with everything from the use of the F-word in one scene to the redesigned Klingons offending some fans. In contrast, season 2 is going very much in the opposite direction and attempting to bridge the gap between Discovery and The Original Series, which is set 10 years later in Trek history.

This “syncing up with canon” is something that showrunner Alex Kurtzman’s very keen to do from now on. Kurtzman took over on Discovery this season, replacing previous EPs Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts, and told StarTrek.com that he hopes the series will last several years yet, as long as the story keeps being refreshed.

“It can go for a long time. Trek…a lot of the series have gone for a long time, and the
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Boss Talks Tig Notaro, Picard Limited Series and Season 3

  • Variety
‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Boss Talks Tig Notaro, Picard Limited Series and Season 3
There are many mysteries in the “Star Trek” universe. One of them was explained on Thursday night at the season two premiere party for “Star Trek: Discovery” in New York when showrunner Alex Kurtzman revealed the backstory of how Tig Notaro found her way onto a spaceship in the role of brilliant engineer Jet Reno.

Turns out, Kurtzman and Notaro have worked together before — more than 20 years ago when both were employed as assistants for filmmakers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert at the duo’s Renaissance Pictures banner in Los Angeles.

“She answered phones and I answered phones,” Kurtzman told Variety during the after-party at the Conrad Hotel.

The two stayed friends over the years and he had her in mind when the Reno character was crafted for season two.

“I thought, ‘It has to be Tig,’ ” he said. He’s gratified to see her performance — a departure for the
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: Season 2, With Pike and Spock, Boldly Charts a New Course

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Review: Season 2, With Pike and Spock, Boldly Charts a New Course
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for “Star Trek: Discovery” Season 2, Episode 1, “Brother.”]

The Season 2 premiere of “Star Trek: Discovery” definitely feels like the beginning of something. “Brother,” launching Thursday on CBS All Access, is all about establishing a new status quo, a new chain of command, and most importantly a new mission focused on exploration over conflict. Where that mission will take this ambitious yet flawed series, however, is as yet a mystery.

Picking up moments after Season 1 ended, Captain Pike (Anson Mount) of the U.S.S. Enterprise (you may have heard of it) comes on board Discovery with news from Starfleet — the Enterprise has been disabled by massive systems failure, so he’s taking command of the good ship Discovery to investigate some odd signals that “have the Federation’s hackles up.” That quest leads the Discovery to a rescue mission on a crumbling asteroid, but no real answers as yet to what those signals might be,
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'Star Trek': The Ultimate Guide to 'Discovery' Season 2

'Star Trek': The Ultimate Guide to 'Discovery' Season 2
When Star Trek: Discovery returns for its second season Thursday, the eponymous ship will have been in the same spot where it ended season one: face-to-face with the USS Enterprise. But in reality, Discovery is occupying a very different type of space, as the CBS All Access drama has undergone several changes in the months since it last aired. In June, executive producer Alex Kurtzman took over as showrunner on Discovery, replacing the ousted Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts. Kurtzman — who co-created the series with former showrunner Bryan Fuller and oversees all things Star Trek for CBS All Access, including Short Treks, the animated ...
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Listen: ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Ep Alex Kurtzman on ‘Dangerous’ Introduction of ‘Tos’ Characters

  • Variety
Welcome to “TV Take,” Variety‘s television podcast. On this week’s episode Daniel Holloway, Variety’s executive editor of television, sits down with “Star Trek: Discovery” showrunner Alex Kurtzman to discuss the show’s upcoming second season on CBS All Access.

Later, Variety‘s TV critics Caroline Framke and Daniel D’Addario discuss HBO’s “True Detective” Season 3 and Netflix’s “Sex Education.” Then, Holloway and Variety TV reporter Joe Otterson discuss the latest developments with the “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot.

Kurtzman took over as showrunner on “Discovery” following the sudden exit of co-showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg back in June. According to Kurtzman, his love for the show drove him to take over himself rather than hire an outsider.

“Without getting into a lot of specifics about what happened in the room, I think that there were issues between the writers and I really felt
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Star Trek: Discovery Showrunner Says He Sees It Running For A Long Time

Star Trek: Discovery didn’t have the most overwhelmingly positive of receptions when its first season debuted in 2017. Old school Trekkies didn’t enjoy the CBS All Access series’ attempts to make the franchise darker and edgier and also complained about how it tampered with long-established Trek history. Thankfully, the anticipation for season 2 is much more encouraging, as there’s a feeling that many of season 1’s mistakes have been fixed.

Part of the change in direction comes from the change of showrunners. Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts left the production after season 1, meaning Alex Kurtzman – writer and producer on the first two Kelvin timeline movies – took over as showrunner. And while speaking with Digital Spy, he voiced his hopes that the new, improved Discovery can last for many years yet.

“[The series] can go for a long time, a lot of the series have gone for a long time. The
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Scream Factory Details ‘Valentine’ Blu-ray: 2K Scan and Tons of Extras

The 2001 teen slasher Valentine is getting a new collector's edition Blu-ray release from Scream Factory on February 12th that rivals the loaded Urban Legend releases from late last year.

For starters, Valentine starring David Boreanaz, Denise Richards, Marley Shelton, Jessica Cauffiel and Katherine Heigl will sport a new 2K scan of the original film elements, supervised and approved by director Jamie Blanks and director of photography Rick Bota.

Hours of all-new bonus features will be joined by legacy extras for the most complete collection of Valentine material one could ever hope for. Here's a complete rundown of what's included:

New Audio Commentary with director Jamie Blanks and filmmaker Don Coscarelli, moderated by author Peter Bracke

New Thrill of the Drill – an interview with actress Denise Richards

New The Final Girl – an interview with actress Marley Shelton

New Shot Through the Heart – an interview with actress Jessica Cauffiel

New Writing Valentine
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Valentine Gets New Special Features, 2K Scan from Scream Factory

Shout Factory is kicking off the New Year in style, announcing the return of a classic horror thriller that has only continued to gain a cult following since its release way back in 2001. Valentine is coming back in a big way, and this new edition is packed full of special features.

'Roses are Red. Violets are Blue. Sweet extras you'll find on this slasher film for you!' Revenge is sweet, just like Valentine's Day chocolates. At least, that is what a vengeful, Cupid-masked killer thinks. Be my Valentine ... or else. Broken hearts and other mortal wounds await a cast of contemporary young stars when they play dating-scene veterans dying for love in this humor-laced, twist-filled thriller cleverly directed by Jamie Blanks (Urban Legend) and starring David Boreanaz, Denise Richards (Starship Troopers), Marley Shelton, Katherine Heigl (Grey's Anatomy) and more. Cards, candy and flowers are nice. But for fans of stalker-shocker terror,
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Valentine (2001) Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Special Features to Include New Audio Commentary with Jamie Blanks & Don Coscarelli

  • DailyDead
"Hearts don't just break... they get even." Perhaps more popular now than its initial release in 2001, and featuring one of the most memorable morgue scenes in any horror movie, Valentine (based on Tom Savage's novel of the same name) is coming to Blu-ray in February with a new Collector's Edition from Scream Factory, and the special features will include a new audio commentary with director Jamie Blanks and legendary filmmaker Don Coscarelli.

From the Press Release: "Revenge is sweet, just like Valentine’s Day chocolates. At least, that is what a vengeful, Cupid-masked killer thinks in the teen slasher Valentine. Making its Blu-ray debut February 12th, 2019 from Scream Factory, this Collector’s Edition of Valentine also includes a plethora of new bonus features, including an audio commentary with director Jamie Blanks and filmmaker Don Coscarelli moderated by author Peter Bracke, new interviews with actresses Denise Richards, Marley Shelton, Jessica Cauffiel,
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‘Star Trek: Discovery': Spock and Company Are in a ‘Fight for the Future’ in Season 2 Trailer (Video)

  • The Wrap
The crew of the U.S.S. Discovery is in a fight for the future. But as Captain Pike (newcomer Anson Mount) reminds them, “we’re always in a fight for the future.”

CBS All Access beamed down another trailer for the second season of “Star Trek: Discovery” on Thursday, which added an additional episode for its sophomore campaign, bringing the total to 14. As previously announced, Season 2 will see the addition of Spock, who will be played by Ethan Peck.

After answering a distress signal from the U.S.S. Enterprise, Season 2 of the series finds the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery joining forces with Captain Christopher Pike on a new mission to investigate seven mysterious red signals and the appearance of an unknown being called the Red Angel. While the crew must work together to unravel their meaning and origin, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) is forced to
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CBS to Develop Supernatural Cop Drama With ‘Bull’ Producer, Alex Kurtzman

  • Variety
CBS is developing a drama series based on the Spanish show “Estoy Vivo,” Variety has learned.

The American version is titled “Far Rockaway.” In the show, a workaholic NYPD detective killed in the line of duty is granted a second chance to return to earth in the body of another cop in order to bring his killer to justice and heal the fractured family he left behind.

David Wilcox will serve as the writer and executive producer. Wilcox most recently wrote for and co-executive produced the CBS series “Bull.” His other credits include developing the series “666 Park Avenue” as well as writing for shows like “Fringe,” “Life on Mars,” and “Law & Order.”

Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin will also executive produce via Secret Hideout. Secret Hideout’s Aaron Baiers will co-executive produce. Secret Hideout will produce the show in association with CBS TV Studios, where both Secret Hideout
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