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Patrick Stewart returns to Star Trek with a new Picard-centric series

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Well played, CBS All Access. Well played, indeed.

“Star Trek may be the biggest property CBS owns, and now a new Trek series is coming starring Sir Patrick Stewart once again as his Next Generation Enterprise captain, Jean-Luc Picard. Much like Star Trek: Discovery, it’s going to be a CBS All Access-exclusive series.

That ought to bring a few new subscribers in.

There are many debates over which Trek series is best. (The only correct answer is Deep Space Nine, please do @ me.) But there’s little disagreement over Stewart being one of the best and most popular actors overall.

There’s not much detail on the series yet, though a tweet from the official Star Trek Twitter account notes that it “tells the story of the next chapter in Picard’s life.”

Speaking in a surprise appearance on Saturday at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention, Stewart cautioned that it’s still early days for the series. But he said fans can look forward to seeing what a post-Next Generation existence means for Picard.

“He may not be a Captain anymore. He may be someone who has been changed by his experiences,” Stewart said (h/t Star Trek Twitter). “We have no scripts as yet. We’re just talking talking talking storylines. It will be something very different but it will come to you with the same passion.”

Stewart also shared his thoughts on the news in a more formal statement posted to social media.

“I look forward to working with our brilliant creative team as we endeavor to bring a fresh, unexpected and pertinent story to life once more.”

Intriguing words to end on. Make it so, CBS………….”

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Ariana Grande’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ is 13 minutes of truly hair-raising harmonies

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Okay, there’s good news and there’s bad news. The bad news is Ariana Grande’s Carpool Karaoke never does answer the question of how exactly Grande managed to injure her hand during filming. (When the episode starts, she’s already bandaged up.)

The good news? The whole episode is awesome. Ariana Grande is a stunning singer, the harmonies her and Corden cook up are truly goosebump-raising, and there’s an entertaining segment where the two pop into a cafe for a snack.

Definitely an A+ episode all-round.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/08/16/ariana-grande-carpool-karaoke/

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‘The Romanoffs’ trailer stars so many familiar faces: Watch

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The Romanov royal family is probably best known at this point for being executed while imprisoned during the Russian revolution in 1918. But nowadays everyone likes to claim they’re a relative, according to this trailer for The Romanoffs.

The new show, spearheaded by Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, features a really, really big cast of people including Mad Men stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery. The show will tell eight stories of potential Romanov relatives and the people around them, with characters spanning multiple continents. Undoubtedly there will be some crossover at some point, which sound a little Game of Thrones-y in setup.

The Romanoffs spins onto Amazon Prime Video Oct. 12.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/08/14/the-romanoffs-trailer/

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Chris Rock is set to star in ‘Fargo’ Season 4, premiering in 2019

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Madison McGaw/BFA/REX/Shutterstock (9702548b) Chris Rock Governors Ball, Day 3, New York, USA – 03 Jun 2018

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“Fargo has Chris Rock booked to star in its upcoming fourth season, but that’s not even the exciting part.

Season 4 of the time-hopping anthology series shifts the setting to the seedy underbelly of Kansas City, Missouri during the 1950s. Rock is set to play the head of an African-American crime family who takes on an unusual challenge.

In a bid to foster peace between Rock’s crew and a rival Italian syndicate, the leaders of the two factions hash out a deal: They’ll swap sons. To keep the peace, Rock and his Italian counterpart trade their eldest sons with each intending to raise the child as their own.

The unusual situation takes an unexpected turn when the Italian mob boss dies on the operating table during a routine surgery. What happens from there will remain a mystery for now, but unnamed FX execs described Season 4 as a story of “immigration and assimilation and the things we do for money” at the Television Critics Association press tour on Friday (h/t Variety).

Rock, a self-professed Fargo fan, said that he “can’t wait to work with [showrunner Noah Hawley].”

The fourth season of Fargo is set to start shooting sometime in 2019, with the Season 4 premiere expected to arrive at a later point in the same year……………”

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