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From ‘Gilligan Cuts’ to ‘Goatf*ckers,’ Twitter is Unveiling the Secret Language of TV Writing Rooms

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Just as there’s more TV than ever these days, viewers are also much more savvy to how this Golden Age operates. That’s partly thanks to social media, which helped democratize the TV process. For example, this month veteran TV writer/producer Robert Hewitt Wolfe started a conversation on Twitter that became, as Twitter itself now defines it, a “moment.” In an 11-part thread, he shared a number of writers’ room terms that he and other scribes have used over the years. They range from logical to absurd, depending on your knowledge of the TV landscape.

Take a “Gilligan Cut,” which Wolfe defined as follows:

"Gilligan Cut" Aka "A Gilligan" – A cut that reverses or undermines what's been set up in the previous scene. Example: "Don't worry about Gilligan. He knows that jungle like the back of his hand." Cut To: Gilligan sinking into quicksand. #TVWriting 2/?

— Robert Hewitt Wolfe
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Star Trek Online reveals DS9 cast roster for latest expansion

Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Perfect World Entertainment recently announced the fourth expansion for Star Trek Online. Titled ‘Victory is Life’, this expansion takes star ship captains to the Gamma Quadrant in a brand new story started by the invasion of the mysterious Hur’q. Along with this new story comes new features, an increased level cap plus 12 classic DS9 characters and the talents of the original actors who played them. If you want to know who then Perfect World have recently revealed them.

The 12 actors making their return to Bajoran space include Armin Shimerman as Quark, René Auberjonois as Odo, Nana Visitor as Kai Kira Nerys, Chase Masterson as Leeta, Alexander Siddig as Dr. Julian Bashir, Jeffrey Combs as Weyoun and Brunt, Andrew Robinson as Elim Garak, Max Grodenchik as Grand Nagus Rom, Aron Eisenberg as Nog, J.G. Hertzler as General Martok, Salome Jens
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Lost in Space Reboot Premiere: Did You Spot the Cameo From Original Series?

Lost in Space Reboot Premiere: Did You Spot the Cameo From Original Series?
Eagle-eyed fans of TV’s original Lost in Space series were invited to find a 5-foot-7 Easter egg in the Netflix reboot’s premiere episode.

The new Lost in Space, which premiered all 10 episodes this Friday, stars Molly Parker (Deadwood) and Toby Stephens (Black Sails) as Maureen and John Robinson, who along with kids Judy, Penny and Will, get stranded on a strange world while en route to colonize a planet near Alpha Centauri. But they are not the only castaways; there is also a “Dr. Smith,” played by Parker Posey.

Episode 1 spoilers follow, Will Robinson! Episode 1 spoilers!

We put Dr.
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Star Trek's Terry Farrell Marries Leonard Nimoy's Son Adam Nimoy

Star Trek's Terry Farrell Marries Leonard Nimoy's Son Adam Nimoy
May this marriage live long and prosper! Trekkies are bound to geek out over this wedding news—because Terry Farrell and Adam Nimoy are officially husband and wife! Farrell, who played Jadzia Dax on the '90s series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, wed Nimoy, the son of Leonard Nimoy, on Monday in San Francisco. Leonard became known as a Hollywood legend for his portrayal of Spock in the sci-fi series. He passed away in 2015, and yesterday would have been the actor's 87th birthday. Film critic Scott Mantz broke the news on Twitter with a photo of the newlyweds in front of City Hall. Terry confirmed the nuptials, writing in...
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‘Star Trek’ Actress Marries Leonard Nimoy’s Son

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‘Star Trek’ Actress Marries Leonard Nimoy’s Son
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” actress Terry Farrell and Leonard Nimoy’s son, Adam, tied the knot Monday, on what would have been the late Spock actor’s 87th birthday.

Farrell, who played Jadzia on the 1990s sci-fi series, shared the news in a tweet signed “Mrs. Adam Nimoy.” “Freakin Awesome day!!!!!!! Love ya all!,” she wrote in the post, accompanied by a photo of the couple on their wedding day from film critic Scott Mantz.

First engaged last summer, Farrell and Nimoy were wed in a ceremony at the...
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Star Trek: Discovery ‘Secret Scene’ Confirms Section 31

A newly released deleted scene from the season 1 finale of Star Trek: Discovery confirms the return of one of the franchise’s darkest and most controversial organizations – Section 31.

Introduced in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Section 31 is essentially the black ops division of Starfleet, undertaking the sorts of missions that fly in the face of the Federation’s benevolent ideals.
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Netflix Orders Supernatural Drama from Leah Rachel, Akela Cooper to Serve as Showrunner

Cooper: Truman State University

Netflix has secured your next binge-watching obsession. The streamer has given a 10-episode series order to “Chambers,” an hourlong supernatural drama. According to Deadline, the project is written and created by actress-writer-director Leah Rachel (“Dating Rules from My Future Self”) with Akela Cooper (“The 100,” “Luke Cage”) signed on as showrunner.

“Chambers” follows “a young heart attack survivor [who] becomes consumed by the mystery surrounding the heart that saved her life. However, the closer she gets to uncovering the truth about her donor’s sudden death, the more she starts taking on the characteristics of the deceased — some of which are troublingly sinister,” the source summarizes.

Rachel and Cooper are among the project’s executive producers. No word on when it will debut on the streaming giant.

Cooper seems like a great fit for “Chambers.” “I love genre,” she said back in 2015. “I was born and raised a sci-fi nerd.
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Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Ricky Church celebrates the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

The Star Trek franchise has been one of the most ever-present pop culture properties for over 50 years now, spawning several television series and a long series of films. Today marks a pretty significant day in Star Trek lore, being the day Star Trek: Deep Space Nine first premiered on television. While not as popular as The Original Series or The Next Generation, DS9 is an important piece of the franchise, one that changed the landscape for Star Trek by taking some very bold risks. Its legacy has only grown over time, cementing its status as one of, if not arguably the best, Star Trek series to date.

DS9 followed Commander (later Captain) Benjamin Sisko as he took charge of the Starfleet station, Deep Space Nine, formerly controlled by the Cardassians as a labour camp for the Bajoran people.
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The Orville: Jonathan Frakes Compares Directing the Fox Series with Star Trek

How does The Orville compare to Star Trek? Recently, Jonathan Frakes spoke with IndieWire about directing both the Fox and CBS TV shows.Frakes, of course, played Commander William T. Riker on Star Trek: The Next Generation. The actor has gone on to direct several TV shows, including episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Roswell, Leverage, Castle, and The Librarians.Read More…
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Production wraps on Tolkien starring Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins

Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced that filming has wrapped on Tolkien, director Dome Karukoski’s (Tom of Finland) biopic of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien, which stars Nicholas Hoult (Rebel in the Rye) as Tolkien and Lily Collins (Rules Don’t Apply) as his wife Edith.

“As a lifelong fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, it is a privilege to bring one of the greatest writers in history to life,” says Karukoski. “Tolkien’s works teach us that even when we meet an obstacle the size of Smaug, with the support and fighting spirit of incredible friends, we can conquer monsters and create magic. Not only is that the story of Tolkien’s life, but it speaks to the making of this film. I am incredibly grateful to our crew and cast, including Nicholas who prepared for months. I will treasure this experience always.
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Apple Orders a Sci-Fi Space Series by Battlestar Galactica Developer Ronald D. Moore

Ronald D. Moore is taking another show to space. Deadline reports that Apple has ordered the drama straight-to-series. This is is the third original scripted series ordered by Apple. 

The untitled sci-fi project is created and written by Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Outlander), along with Fargo co-executive producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi. The show will explore what would have happened if the global space race had never ended. 

Moore is a very talented TV writer. He started his career in the space genre with stints on three Star Trek series (The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager), before he created the acclaimed Battlestar Galactica reboot. 
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Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore to develop space race drama at Apple

As Apple continues its march into original programming, it has added yet another show to its slate, this time coming from the reimagined Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore. Per Deadline, the untitled series will be a drama imagining what the world might look like if the global space race had never ended.

Moore has created and written the series along with Fargo executive producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi. Moore, Wolpert and Nedivi will executive produce the series with Moore’s Tall Ships Productions Maril Davis.

Moore is teaming up again with Sony Pictures Television for the series, specifically with former Sony TV presidents Jamie Erlicht & Zack Van Amburg. The pair left Sony for Apple earlier this year and have worked with Moore on several shows, such as Moore’s Outlander and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. This also marks Apple’s third original series order, after giving
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‘The Orville’ Season 1: What’s Improved, What Hasn’t, and What May Be The Show’s Fatal Flaw

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‘The Orville’ Season 1: What’s Improved, What Hasn’t, and What May Be The Show’s Fatal Flaw
It’s been somewhat impossible to detangle any critical consideration of Fox’s “The Orville” from “Star Trek,” the franchise to which it’s hard to deny a connection. But even when evaluating “The Orville” on its own merits at the start of Season 1, the first three episodes screened by critics were hard-going, as Seth MacFarlane’s “space adventure” featured a wildly fluctuating tone, major pacing issues, and entire scenes that served only to deliver exposition.

It was enough to inspire a harsh review when the show premiered. But while the problems with those early episodes were numerous, some of them could be attributed to the sort of stumbles that occur at the beginning of any new series.

Read More:‘The Orville’ vs. ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Ratings: The Battle of TV’s New Space Dramas Hits Warp Speed

After seeing the full first season, there’s no denying that there
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Tallinn Film Review: ‘A Thought of Ecstasy’

Tallinn Film Review: ‘A Thought of Ecstasy’
The arthouse erotic psychodrama, already territory heavily land-mined with projects of dubious intent, is done no favors by the pornographic posturing of German writer-director-actor Rp Kahl’s turgid “A Thought of Ecstasy.” Strongly making the case that aside from other people’s dreams and other people’s holiday photos, there’s nothing drearier than other people’s sexual fetishes, the film even has the gall to chip away at the legacy of one of the genre’s few masterpieces.

Deborah Kara Unger (who also executive produces) husks and purrs through a “Red Shoe Diaries” version of the icily dehumanized femme fatale she embodied in David Cronenberg’s “Crash,” which only serves to illustrate the yawning gulf between the two films: One is about a deadening sexual obsession with car crashes while the other is itself a deadening car crash about sexual obsession. The only good news is that “Ecstasy” is so committed to its full-frontal nudity, erect
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Deep Space Nine: Documentary Delayed, Adam Nimoy Steps Down

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fans will have to wait a little bit longer. TrekToday reports the planned documentary about the TV show has been delayed.As we reported earlier, original series showrunners Ira Steven Behr and David Zappone are producing a documentary about the fan-favorite Star Trek show in celebration of its upcoming 25th anniversary. The project, which has been funded by fans, will feature ideas for a potential new episode as well as interviews with the cast and crew.Read More…
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Beam up Volume One of Idw’s Star Trek: Waypoint anthology series

Idw Publishing has announced the release of Star Trek: Waypoint Vol. 1, the debut collection of Waypoint stories feature captivating standalone tales drawing from five decades’ worth of Star Trek history.

See Also: Read our Star Trek: Waypoint reviews here

Star Trek: Waypoint features crews and characters from Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise, and more, in exciting stories envisioned by top-tier talent.

Creators putting their unique spin on the beloved franchise include Donny Cates (Dr. Strange), Gabriel Hardman (Green Lantern: Earth One), Cecil Castellucci (Shade, the Changing Girl), Sam Maggs (Secret Loves of Geek Girls), Mack Chater (Black Panther and The Crew), Megan Levens (Star Trek: Boldly Go), Cavan Scott (Star Wars Adventures), Rachel Stott (Star Trek/Planet of the Apes), Josh Hood (We Can Never Go Home), Simon Roy (Prophet), Mairghread Scott
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Craig Roberts cast in Tolkien biopic

Variety is reporting that Submarine and Red Oaks star Craig Roberts has become the latest addition to the cast of Tolkien, the upcoming J.R.R. Tolkien biopic starring Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Apocalypse) as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings author.

Roberts is set to play Sam, a soldier who serves with Tolkien during The Great War. He joins a cast that also includes Lily Collins (To the Bone), Colm Meaney (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and Tom Glynn-Carney (Dunkirk), while Dome Karukoski (Tom of Finland) directs.

Tolkien will explore the legendary author’s formative years at school as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a fellow group of outcasts prior to the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear their ‘fellowship’ apart.

Roberts is currently starring in the third and final season of Amazon’s Red Oaks, and will next be seen in the historical drama The Current War.
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Sonequa Martin-Green interview: Star Trek Discovery

Caroline Preece Nov 16, 2017

We chatted to Star Trek's Sonequa Martin-Green about the many sides of Discovery's Michael Burnham...

As the first black female lead of a Star Trek series and the first to not sit in the captain’s chair, Sonequa Martin-Green is breaking new ground in the franchise with her character Michael Burnham. We sat down with the actress to talk about the show, her role and how she approaches the dual sides of the character.

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You’re the first protagonist in Star Trek to not be a captain, how was that pitched to you?

I had a pretty good understanding of that. What I knew about Michael Burnham being the first officer and not the captain was that they were pursuing different and unique paths for the story. Because we had always seen the captain, we had always seen
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Fall Finale Debate: Tyler’s Problematic Ptsd and Stamets’ Big Spore Jump

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Fall Finale Debate: Tyler’s Problematic Ptsd and Stamets’ Big Spore Jump
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Star Trek: Discovery’s” fall finale, “Into the Forest I Go.”]

In its first nine episodes, “Star Trek: Discovery” has taken its crew on quite the adventure, finally landing them in an unidentified mystery location thanks to Stamets (Anthony Rapp) making one spore drive jump too many. But the audience has also gone on an emotional journey with the series’ characters, ranging from Burnham’s (Sonequa Martin-Green) despondency after an unsuccessful mutiny to the loony side-effects Stamets is experiencing from the tardigrade DNA. But it’s the journey by Discovery’s newest crew member, Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif), that’s been the most erratic and confusing.

The Pow from the Battle of the Binary Stars landed in a Klingon prison cell for seven months, during which he was able to survive because his Klingon jailor L’Rell (Mary Chief) took a personal liking to him. Upon his escape, Tyler seemed strangely well-adjusted despite his ordeal, but upon seeing L’Rell again on the Sarcophagus ship,
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Bad Boys TV series adds Jessica Alba

Joseph Baxter Kirsten Howard Mar 4, 2018

That Bad Boys spin-off series will star Jessica Alba, too...

While the Bad Boys buddy cop film franchise – starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence – has been dormant since the 2003 sequel, behind-the-scenes plans have been sporadically surging ever since for a cash cow continuation, with the TV spin-off now off to quite the flying start.

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It's been announced this month that Jessica Alba will be returning to serialised television for the first time since she starred in James Cameron’s Dark Angel. Alba will join Gabrielle Union in NBC's upcoming, as-yet-untitled Bad Boys television spin-off, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Alba will also executive produce the project.
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