Star Trek: Discovery Season Three Lurches Closer

There wasn’t really supposed to be a break in new ‘Star Trek’ content this year. If everything had gone the way that CBS imagined that it would, we’d have started the year with ‘Star Trek: Picard,’ moved swiftly on into the third season of ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ and then concluded 2020 with the first season of the ‘Discovery’ spin-off starring Michelle Yeoh’s character Philippa Georgiou and her shady team of Federation black-ops specialists. Unfortunately, as we all know, nature and world events had other ideas. The less said about that, the better.

The current reality is that ‘Star Trek: Picard’ has concluded its first season (pleasing most viewers with some fairly self-indulgent fan-service, even if it wasn’t to everybody’s tastes), but we’re still waiting to see what happens next with the other two series. With all things considered, we can probably write off the idea of seeing the as-yet-untitled Michelle Yeoh spin-off until 2021. It hasn’t started filming yet, and if it hasn’t started filming yet, there’s no chance it’s going to become available before the end of this year. It just isn’t possible to make a big-budget television series that quickly anymore. CBS won’t want to cut corners with one of their most valuable properties, and so they’ll take as much time over that as they deem necessary.

‘Discovery,’ though, is another story. As every ‘Star Trek’ fan already knows, ‘Discovery’ finished filming months ago. It might even have finished filming before the end of 2019. The show is ‘complete’ enough that short trailers have been aired, including a brief trailer that was shown at the end of ‘Picard’ in some global territories (albeit not the United States of America, where the show was actually made), but there’s yet to be an announcement about when the third season will actually become available to watch. The fan base of ‘Discovery’ isn’t as large as the fan base of ‘Picard’ (mostly because the show is less nostalgic and is also, by ‘Star Trek’ standards at least, a bit sexy and foul-mouthed), but it does have its fans, and those fans have anxiously begun to worry about where their show might be up to.

Fortunately, for those concerned fans, we have some good news. The third season of ‘Discovery’ will definitely air this year – it will just take a little longer to get there than most of us were hoping for. The delay is down to production issues that couldn’t be avoided given the current global circumstances. Even though all of the episodes have been recorded, the post-production process involves the addition of several complicated auditory and visual effects, and that process is still ongoing. Nevertheless, it’s close enough to completion for several figures close to the production to confirm that most of the wait is already over, and we’ll be watching new weekly episodes of ‘Discovery’ before we know it.

The last season of ‘Discovery’ ended on a cliffhanger with (look away now if you don’t want to read spoilers) Captain Pike returning to the Enterprise along with Spock to head off on new missions of his own, and Burnham and the crew of the ‘Discovery’ trapped in the far future. From an ‘official’ point of view, the very existence of the starship Discovery and its crew have been wiped from official records, and all who know of her are sworn to secrecy, Pike and Spock included. That was a neat way of explaining why Leonard Nimoy’s Spock never mentioned having an adoptive sister during the original series, but also frees the show up to go wherever it likes free from the constraints of established continuity.

As the ship and her crew are now hundreds of years beyond the date of any ‘Star Trek’ series seen before, almost literally anything could happen in the new season. We find ourselves wondering whether the Borg still exist and whether they’re still a threat. We also find ourselves wondering how on Earth Georgiou is going to get back to the present, given that she’ll presumably have to do so in order for the spin-off show to work. Does Starfleet even exist in this future? If so, would they welcome their long-lost ship returning home, or would they shun any attempt at contact out of fear that their dark secrets will be revealed when Discovery returns? We imagine that we’ll get answers to some – if not all – of these questions during the season, but it bodes well that there are so many potential avenues for the show to explore before we’ve even seen the first episode.

Without wanting to jinx the prospects of the show, it seems almost inevitable that the third season will be followed by a fourth. We already know that there will be a second season of ‘Picard,’ and as well as the Michelle Yeoh project, we’ve also heard rumors that Anson Mount has signed up for a ‘Captain Pike’ spin-off. ‘Star Trek’ is a major moneymaker for CBS, and that will be all the more important as the company looks to expand its streaming platform. As is the case with all of the other streaming platforms that have appeared recently, the idea of the CBS All Access service is to replicate the experience a user has when logging in to a 2020 slot site, where one portal leads to a plethora of entertainment options. The comparison is an apt one – such is the allure of ‘Star Trek’ that there have been several online slots made about the game in the past, although none based on source material more recent than ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation.’ We don’t know if ‘Discovery’ is popular enough yet to be re-imagined as an online slots game. We don’t know if it ever will be. It has been shown to drive interest and subscriptions for the company that makes it, though, and for that reason alone, we suspect that it will be around for quite some time to come yet.

More than any other series of ‘Star Trek,’ the third season of ‘Discovery’ promises to boldly go where no-one has gone before – and it will be doing so in the very near future. Watch this space for dates!

Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party Brings the Magic Closer to Fans than Ever Before Through Unexpected, Never-Before-Seen Performances 

Tickets for All-New Show Coming to Orlando September 7-9 On Sale Today
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Orlando, Fla. – June 26, 2018 – Disney On Ice presents Mickey’s Search Party brings the magic closer to fans than ever before through dynamic and immersive moments that take place on the ice, in the air and in the seats when the show comes to Amway Center in Orlando September 7-9, 2018 for six performances. Produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., the worldwide leader in live touring family entertainment, Disney On Ice is once again elevating the ice show experience with brand-new engaging elements that will fascinate both newcomers and seasoned guests, alike. Tickets are on sale now at DisneyOnIce.com.
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Joined by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, live hosts will enliven the performance space by welcoming everyone into the magical world of Disney On Ice, setting the stage for a participatory adventure. Guests will embark on a search for clues to find Tinker Bell after Captain Hook tries to capture her magic. As each scene unfolds, compelling storytelling will be delivered through multi-level production numbers by skaters, performers and acrobats, alike.
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As Miguel from Disney●Pixar’s Coco crosses the Marigold Bridge, he finds himself in the magnificent spirit realm painted with vibrant color, with skeletons atop sway poles oscillating back and forth over the audience in this culturally rich, heritage celebration. Through video projection, Arendelle builds from the ground up, and ice harvesters from Disney’s Frozen use extreme skating to launch themselves from the mountainous, wintry slopes delivering an athletically-driven performance as they chop their way through blocks of ice. The iconic chandelier seen in “Be Our Guest” comes to life as Belle and the enchanted objects from Beauty and the Beast become a rotating carousel using aerial silks and lift upward into the air, mesmerizing onlookers seated above and below.
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“Our goal with any show, no matter where you are in the world, is to deliver transformative performances that captivate audiences time and time again. With this production of Disney On Ice, we have brought the magic closer to guests than ever before by having the audience become an integral part of advancing the narrative as each story unfolds,” said Nicole Feld, Executive Vice President and Producer. “We have pushed the action past the ice, expanding the stage beyond our traditional surface. The excitement will not only happen in front of fans, but all around them with characters emerging from the stands in unexpected places for one-on-one delightful moments.”
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In a high-energy opening number, Club Mickey Mouse-inspired performers will hype up the crowd through cutting-edge figure skating choreography and hoverboard tricks on the ice. Air tracks will also allow the hilarious pirates aboard the Jolly Roger to flip, tumble and twist to greater heights as they attempt to showcase their talents for Captain Hook. Aerial straps combined with adagio pair skating will elevate Ariel’s transformation from mermaid to human creating a spell-bounding sequence high above the ice with Prince Eric to the classic song, “Kiss The Girl.”  Creative costume design and fabrication will enhance the scenes as the ensemble imitate life “Under the Sea” from Disney’s The Little Mermaid, and will also give the illusion the ice is enveloped in flames as Moana encounters Te Ka on her daring voyage to restore the heart of Te Fiti.
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Mickey’s Search Party will feature a collection of Disney characters fans know and love portrayed by decorated performer-athletes who push the boundaries of what is possible. Their theatrical talent, combined with this innovative Disney On Ice production, elevates the live entertainment experience and will leave families with memories that will last a lifetime.
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Ticket Prices: Starting from $18. For ticket information, visit DisneyOnIce.com.
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Orlando Show Times: Friday, September 7, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, September 8, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Sunday, September 9, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
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Venue: Amway Center, 400 W. Church Street #200, Orlando, FL 32801
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Stay current on the latest developments through social media, including instructions on how to access presale codes for future Disney On Ice productions:
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Twitter: @DisneyOnIce #DisneyOnIce #MickeysSearchParty @NicoleFeld (Show Producer)
Instagram: @DisneyOnIce @feld_nicole (Show Producer)
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About Feld Entertainment:
Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that bring people together and uplift the human spirit. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Disney On IceDisney Live!, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!DreamWorks Trolls The Experience (coming Fall 2018) and Jurassic World Live (coming Fall 2019). Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.

Kyra Sedgwick talks about final season of TNT’s “The Closer”

Kyra Sedgwick is known best for her role of Brenda Johnson on TNT’s “The Closer”. The show returns for its final season on Monday, July 9 at 9:00pm on TNT. Kyra took out sometime to chat about the show and reflect on her role and the end of the show.

Mike Gencarelli: Why did you decide it was time put a close to “The Closer” (excuse the pun), Was there an epiphany made you have the decision?
Kyra Sedgwick: No, there really wasn’t an epiphany. I think we were in the middle of shooting, gosh it must have been Season 6 actually, when I started to contemplate the idea of what a Season 8 would look like. It was something that I struggled with for many, many months; almost a year really to make the decision. It felt like time, mostly for me as an artist, time for me to do something else. The idea of doing a Season 8, I think felt daunting to me and overwhelming, and sort of just didn’t feel right. I think as an actor you really kind of just have to follow your instincts. It was a hard decision because you’re putting so many other people out of work and there was just a lot of factors that go into making that kind of decision. But, I feel like it’s wonderful that we get to go out on top, we had enough time to close this out in the right way.

MG: When The Closer was first on six years ago it was paled as sort of a groundbreaking show and Brenda was really kind of a revolutionary female character. What do you guys think will be the legacy of this show after it’s over? How will people remember it?
KS: I mean I see her as a significant and sentinel character in the lexicon of female characters ever played for a long period of time, whether it’s a movie series or a television series. I think we broke a lot of ground and I think that we were able to consistently weave exciting story lines with deep and resonating character arcs. I think that that’s something that’s very hard to do, especially in a procedural. And I think that we accomplished that.

MG: What can we expect from the final six episodes? Will there be humor interlaced? Or a pretty dramatic ending?
KS: I would say it’s a dramatic ending. There’s also really fun romp in the second episode of the final six. And yes, there’s always an element of humor. I don’t think we could do our job as well as we do if we didn’t have an element of humor. There’s always humor within, with any kind of law cops always have humor, but there’s also just the interpersonal, recognizable things about each other that when you’re with a family or a cast a long time. There’s a lot of interpersonal winks and people are still who they are, even in the midst of the most dramatic circumstances. So, there are still a lot of laughs and a lot of good character fun stuff.

MG: As you look back on the series, do you have a favorite episode or a favorite story arc that will stand out in your memory?
KS: That’s always so tough for me. I feel like we have so many years to choose from it’s hard to pull out some favorites. I’m always most intrigued and feel most satisfied by the character arcs. And by those I mean some of the character arcs with Fritz and Brenda. I loved the whole – their courtship, and then when he finally asks her to marry him in that doctor’s office, you know in between tears of realizing that’s she’s suffering from perimenopausal symptoms that have to be operated on. He asked her to marry her in the most inopportune moment, but it’s beautiful and funny and wonderful. I loved the whole cat arc, the getting the cat and her not wanting the cat, and then the cat becoming, you know an intrinsic part of her life, and then the eventual demise of the cat. I loved the parents. I loved the fact that, no matter what age you are when your parents come to visit you’re suddenly that 12-year old kid again who hasn’t learned anything; hasn’t changed at all. And I so appreciated being able to see that side of Brenda. I loved the personal moments with some of her squad when Detective Sanchez’s brother died and she had to be there for him in a very special and different way. Moments when she had to have Gabriel turn in his badge and his gun and – after he beats up the pedophile. I thought that was, you know very difficult for her and he is her favorite. And I loved that personal moment, so those were among my favorites.