‘Star Trek: Discovery’: David Ajala Joins Season 3 Of CBS All Access Series

Discovery joining forces with Captain Christopher Pike to investigate seven red signals and the mysterious entity called the Red Angel. The second season of Star Trek: Discovery launched in January with the crew of the U.S.S. While the crew must work together to unravel their meaning and origin, Michael Burnham (Martin-Green) is forced to face her past with the return of her estranged brother, Spock (Ethan Peck).
He will join on stage Discovery star Sonequa Martin-Green and executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michelle Paradise and Heather Kadin. He will be introduced Saturday during the Star Trek Universe panel at the San Diego Comic-Con. Ajala, the biggest new cast addition for next season, will play a new character, Cleveland Booker (aka Book). EXCLUSIVE: Former Nightflyers star David Ajala is boarding CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery as a new series regular for the upcoming third season of the sci-fi drama.
Smart and capable, Ajala's Book has a natural charisma and devil-may-care attitude that tends to get him into trouble as often as it gets him out. You can see him in character in the photo above.
He has been recurring as Manchester Black in the CW's Supergirl. He's repped by ICM Partners, Independent Talent Group and Silver Lining Entertainment.” /> British actor Ajala is known for his lead role in supernatural thriller series Falling Water, which aired for two seasons on USA Network, and for his starring role in Syfy’s series Nightflyers, which ran for one season. Ajala's film credits include The Dark Knight, Fast & Furious 6, Andy & Lana Wachowski feature Jupiter Ascending and Starred Up.

Patrick Stewart To Star In New ‘Star Trek’ Series As Jean-Luc Picard On CBS All Access

The new series, which is not a Star Trek: Next Generation reboot, will tell the story of the next chapter of Picard’s life. It will be shepherded by Star Trek: Discovery co-creator/executive producer Alex Kurtzman who was tapped to oversee development of new Star Trek content under a big new overall deal with CBS TV Studios.
We can’t wait to forge new ground, surprise people, and honor generations both new and old.” “With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold," Kurtzman said. "For over 20 years, fans have hoped for the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and that day is finally here.
Stewart is one of the most popular stars of the Star Trek franchise. He headlined the Star Trek: Next Generation series for its seven-season run and also portrayed Picard in the movies Star Trek Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) as well as in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine's pilot "Emissary."
This is the third Star Trek series to be officially announced, joining Star Trek: Discovery, which is heading into its second season, and the upcoming Star Trek: Short Treks four-part limited series.
Stewart, who recently toplined the Starz comedy series Blunt Talk, is repped by ICM Partners, Independent Talent Group and Anonymous Content.” />
Stewart, Chabon and Goldsman executive produce with Discovery executive producers Duff, Kurtzman and Heather Kadin of Secret Hideout as well as Roddenberry Entertainment President Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, and Roddenberry Entertainment COO Trevor Roth.
“I will always be very proud to have been a part of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course," Stewart said. "It is, therefore, an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over."
On the creative team for the new series starring Stewart, Kurtzman will be joined by James Duff, who recently joined Star Trek: Discovery as executive producer and signed a CBS Studios overall deal, former Discovery exec producer Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, and Discovery writer Kirsten Beyer.
The project, which has been rumored since the June announcement of a Star Trek universe expansion with new series, was just unveiled by Stewart himself in a surprise appearance at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention. The acclaimed Shakespearean actor is set to headline a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access, reprising his iconic Next Generation character, Captain Jean-Luc Picard. It's official — Patrick Stewart is returning to the Star Trek franchise.
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.” "I feel I'm ready to return to him for the same reason – to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times. "During these past years, it has been humbling to hear many stories about how The Next Generation brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership," Stewart continued.

‘Star Trek: Discovery’: James Duff Joins As Executive Producer & Inks CBS TV Studios Overall Deal, Duo Promoted

The addition of Duff and the promotions for Lumet and Osunsanmi come on the heels of the recent behind-the-scenes shakeup on Star Trek: Discovery, which involved Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts exiting as showrunners, and co-creator/executive producer Alex Kurtzman taking over as sole showrunner for Season 2.
EXCLUSIVE: The Closer creator James Duff has joined CBS All Access' Star Trek: Discovery as executive producer. It is part of an overall development deal he has signed with series producer CBS TV Studios.
She is repped by ICM Partners. Lumet's film credits include Rachel Getting Married, The Mummy and most recently Bobbie Sue, which begins production soon.
He is repped by Verve. Osunsanmi has been with Star Trek: Discovery since before filming began on the first season of the CBS All Access series. His other credits include Bates Motel and Sleepy Hollow.
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  Duff will help Kurtzman run the writers room. Duff has Star Trek credentials — he wrote an episode of Star Trek: Enterprise.
and Broadway play Homefront. Duff also co-created, executive produced and directed several episodes of The Closer spinoff Major Crimes on TNT. His other credits include The D.A.
Kurtzman recently closed a big five-year eight-figure overall deal with CBS TV Studios to oversee the expansion of the Star Trek franchise with new series, mini-series and other content, including animation.
Co-executive producer Olatunde Osunsanmi has been upped to executive producer and will serve as the series' producer/director based on set in Toronto. Additionally, writer Jenny Lumet (Rachel Getting Married), who joined the series as a consulting producer at the start of Season 2, has been promoted to co-executive producer.

‘Star Trek Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green Praises “Queen” Nichelle Nichols – NY Comic Con

Mae Jemison, Saturday’s panel started with a 10-minute slice of the upcoming fourth episode, “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry." To that end, after a standing ovation greeting for the creatives and cast plus moderator and real-life NASA astronaut Dr.
The glimpse of the October 8 show also revealed the enhanced capacitates of the Gabriel Lorca-run (Jason Isaacs) Federation ship and the real reason the Captain brought the mutinous Burnham onto his vessel. The preview showed the disgraced Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham now out of her convict clothes and back in a Star Fleet uniform on the Discovery.
Martin-Green’s old show TWD will soon be following Discovery with an MSG panel of its own later Saturday. New York Comic-Con continues until October 8.” />
On the November 22, 1968 episode titled "Plato’s Stepchildren," Uhura and Williams Shatner’s Captain Kirk had the very first interracial kiss on American television. An attendee at the Star Trek Discovery premiere last month, Nichols’ character was one of the very first African-American women to be on the small screen to not be playing a servant.
New episodes drop on the House of Moonves’ streaming service every Sunday evening. Seen exclusively on CBS All Access, the long-gestating Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller-created 15-episode first season of Discovery debuted with a preview on CBS proper on September 24.
“She’s a queen," Star Trek Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green told New York Comic Con today of original Star Trek cast member Nichelle Nichols. “I owe so much to her, we all owe so much to her,” The Walking Dead alum emotionally said of the actor who played Lieutenant Uhura on the USS Enterprise.
The panel also emphasized the gender representation that they want to affirm on both sides of the camera. Cruz also told the clapping audience of how proud he is, along with Rapp, to be part of the first openly gay couple on a Star Trek series. “It’s not just in front of the camera but behind the camera that you have to make changes," EP Harberts told the crowd.
Berg, Aaron Harberts, Heather Kadin, and Akiva Goldsman were also on-stage. Executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Gretchen J. "You will see more of this woman," Kadin told the fans. As a surprise, Michelle Yeoh, who plays the deceased Captain Georgiou on the series, showed up to giant applause. Along with Martin-Green, today’s Discovery panel at the Theater at Madison Square Garden also included fellow cast members Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp, Mary Chieffo, and Wilson Cruz.
premiere to "enjoy this moment, it's yours now." As she has before, Martin-Green added that Nichols told her at the L.A.

‘Star Trek Discovery’ Review: Sonequa Martin-Green Show Solid But Thrusters Not Activated Yet For All Access’ Big Jump

SPOILER ALERT: This review contains details of tonight's Star Trek Discovery debut
The second episode, "The Battle of The Binary Stars," is on CBS All Access tonight with future episodes of the first part of the Bryan Fuller (who was shown the showrunner door back in October) and Alex Kurtzman-created Discovery dropping every Sunday evening here in the U.S.A. Kicking off a set-up for the intrinsically and tonally different season to come and set about a decade before the William Shatner=led original series, tonight’s  action-packed "The Vulcan Hello" is set to be the one and only Discovery episode airing on broadcast television. until November 5.
From what I’ve seen, with The Walking Dead vet Martin-Green’s Vulcan-raised First Officer Michael Burnham, The OA’s Jason Isaacs as USS Discovery captain Gabriel Lorca, Michelle Yeoh as USS Shenzhou captain Philippa Georgiou and Grimm’s James Frain as Spock’s father and Burnham’s guardian, Discovery is essentially NCIS meets Aliens, in the best way – as I say in my video review above.
So, before you watch the second episode over on CBS All Access or not, click on my Star Trek Discovery video review above. Chargers game would end on time, did you think Discovery approached the final frontier in this Peak TV era?” /> And tell us, after you watched the video filmed earlier when it looked like the Kansas City Chiefs and L.A.
And Moonves' plan just might work.
After all the behind the camera drama, delays, secrecy, and hype for the 2256 A.D.set Sonequa Martin-Green-led 15-episode first season of Discovery has finally taken off. After all, Discovery is the  first new small screen installment of the Gene Roddenberry-created franchise since Enterprise premiered in 2001. A launch that Leslie Moonves hopes will result in a sign-up windfall for CBS’ nearly three-year-old streaming service.
Despite its often over-explanatory scripts, jittery direction, scattered plot points, silly Beatles, and Chuck Yeager and Amelia Earhart shout outs, Discovery is conventional and solidly satisfying serialized TV that speaks to our times, as war drums beat culturally and perhaps internationally.
Having started a bit later tonight on CBS than planned due to NFL overruns, Star Trek Discovery aims to boldly take CBS All Access on a new subscriber rich adventure.
With all that CBS has riding on Discovery and more episodes to come next year, there are a lot of star systems to still be covered in the now Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts showrunned series’ clearly evolving journey.
Even with the howls of those Klingon war cries and the often exquisite and meticulous production design, Discovery’s narrative thrusters are far from reaching the dramatic realm of Next Generation’s Borg-based "The Best Of Both Worlds" episodes from 1990. However, as I say in my video review above, the building blocks are there and that’s a foundation on which to live long and prosper. Sure, it may not break as many barriers as the original Star Trek despite proudly flying a ‘the future is female’ flag and having the first openly gay character in the franchise’s long history.

‘Star Trek Discovery’ EPs Alex Kurtzman & Akiva Goldsman On “Burnham’s Dilemma” & Michelle Yeoh Shocker

"The tricky tightrope with Star Trek is how to deliver an experience for fans that feels real, authentic, and consistent with canon, but to bring something totally surprising and unexpected to the table," explains Kurtzman on tackling Star Trek: Discovery, "Those moments in canon that are not expanded upon, that's our sweet spot."
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Without giving too much away about episode 3, which is directed by Goldsman, let's just say Burnham gets a second chance to show off her brilliance in Starfleet. It's easy to assume at the end of tonight's episode that Discovery will be about Burnham getting her ship and her crew back — scenarios we've seen with Kirk time and again — but her arc is more complex than that. Kirk's rebellious ways never cost him his career, so it stands to reason that Burnham won't be shackled for her radical tendencies.
Goldsman calls it "Burnham's dilemma."
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details about tonight’s two-hour season premiere of  Star Trek: Discovery on CBS and CBS All Access.
Though Fuller left the series nearly a year ago over creative differences and reported escalating costs (the per episode budget spiked from $6M to about $8M), co-creator Alex Kurtzman and EP Akiva Goldsman, both contend that the Hannibal creator's fingerprints permanently remain on future episodes. In fact, much of what was seen in tonight's two-hour pilot –"The Vulcan Hello" and "Battle at the Binary Stars" — and next Sunday's "Context is for Kings" can be attributed to Fuller.
It's an animosity that echoes North Korea's sentiment toward Americans. As we say in tonight's episode with the Klingon evangelist T'Kuvma (Chris Obi), the alien species stands on the shoulders of its prideful warrior history, with an eternal distrust of the so-called 'peaceful' Starfleet and its imperialism. Even though the thematic underpinnings of many TV series and movies today (take your pick from Fargo season 3 to Fox Searchlight's Battle of the Sexes) challenge the divisive society propped by the Trump administration's inflammatory rhetoric, Goldsman says that Star Trek: Discovery's socio-political nature isn't "anything specific to America, but it's reacting to global isolation trends; just like Star Trek spoke to the world in the 1960s."
"What you saw tonight was typical Star Trek in that Burnham is having a congenial relationship with her Captain, their mission is benevolent and life-saving and then by the end, everything has gone pretty much awry. Substantial life, love, and rank are lost. We start with loss, and therefore hope, and that for me was super fun," says Goldsman who wrote the teleplay of the first hour "The Vulcan Hello" with Fuller.
It was former co-creator Bryan Fuller's vision to pass the diversity torch again in a big way on Star Trek: Discovery, in addition to shaking up other elements in the sci-fi show, including but not limited to making the Klingons a sexy, but thoroughly complex race in a way that no other Star Trek has accomplished before.
What was old was new tonight on CBS' Star Trek: Discovery.
It had to do with setting up an idea where you think you know where we're going, but it's not where we end up," explains Kurtzman. In order to plot the season, we had to know where we were ending. "The design of the first three episodes has to do with the ending. When Bryan (Fuller) worked on the story, part of what excited us was the internal life of Burnham and the design for where we wanted her to go in season one.
It's a complicated problem." And on that note, one that's more conducive to a streaming series rather than a two-hour film. The fundamental question that Burnham will be asking is 'If I behaved differently, would my best friend and surrogate mother still be alive and would this war with the Klingons be happening or not?' Now, we'll never answer those questions, but the series will be about Burnham understanding the consequences of her actions. "We're not doing this as a gimmick.
As shocking as it may have been for viewers tonight, it was always intended for Michelle Yeoh's Captain Georgiou to die; pulled into a Klingon fight by her heretical second-in-command Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) with the latter headed to jail for her war crimes, specifically starting the first mutiny in Star Trek canon. There is much talk that next week's episode is a reset of sorts for the series. But apparently, that's not to course correct anything that Fuller originally designed. If Yeoh's Georgiou failed to die, Burnham's arc could not propel forward, at least in the way that Fuller, Kurtzman, and Goldsman have laid it out.
While one might think that has to do with average moviegoers' intolerance to subtitles, it's more so because in a tentpole "you need to be white hat and black hat. There's little time for grey areas" adds the co-creator who penned the first two J..J. Hence the upside of a streaming platform when it comes to storytelling. You wouldn't be able to pull these scenes off on film," says Kurtzman. "We wanted to create a world where we could see what it was like being the Klingons with these long-extended subtitled scenes. "You get to understand the Klingons as a race, to live in their customs and the internal lives of these characters. Abrams' Star Trek movies. Star Trek 3 didn't have time for this," says Kurtzman referring to one of the more prominent Star Trek films that starred Klingons.
to fly Star Trek: Discovery to strange new worlds, seek out new life and new civilizations, and to boldly go where no one has gone before. And while they, of course, aim to be fresh, they're not about carrying out a mutiny like Burnham when it comes to canon. It's all part of Kurtzman and Goldsman's m.o.
And while that's a remarkable glass ceiling to smash into smithereens in Star Trek canon, such career revolutions in Starfleet are quite common and traditional. Star Trek in its various iterations has always celebrated equality and shined a light on an empathetic, integrated society. For the first time in the history of Starfleet, two women from diverse backgrounds were in command of a Starship. Sulu) in respectable roles as high-ranking spaceship officers as opposed to parts that painted them as stereotypes. Star Trek: The Original Series was unprecedented in the 1960s featuring an African American actress (Nichelle Nichols as Lieutenant Uhura) and an Asian-American actor (George Takei as Lt.
When it comes to sequels, Goldsman loves those movies where the events don't immediately pick up from the previous chapter. And so, episode 3 begins six months into the future. Rather, for the A Beautiful Mind Oscar-winning screenwriter, the best sequels, such as James Cameron's Terminator 2: Judgement, are those where events have transpired.
That would be canon violation, but there are other Star Trek aliens you will see — potentially allies," says Kurtzman on how Star Trek: Discovery is sidestepping the canon established by Abrams' pics, "For reasons we can't explain, we don't violate canon." But what about villains like the Romulans? "You will not see Romulans.
As has been widely reported, Star Trek: Discovery will take place entirely within the TV series canon, specifically ten years before Star Trek: The Original Series, which began around 2260, and 90 years after Star Trek: Enterprise. How much closer will we get to the characters from the original 1960s show? Also, as previously reported, Rainn Wilson will star in nine episodes as Harry Mudd, the affable con man and android appointed ruler of the planet Galor IV who had repeated run-ins with original Star Trek TOS crew. Essentially, this season is as close as it gets: We have Spock's father Sarek (James Frain) as Burnham's stepfather ("She's a mirror image of Spock," says Kurtzman about Burnham, "She's all human, but she was raised to repress her emotions."), and we'll soon see Spock's wife who Fuller promised during TCA sessions.
"When Bryan and I were working on the story for the pilot a year and a half ago, it was very important to present both sides of the argument," says Kurtzman on the Starfleet and Klingon war.

‘Star Trek Discovery’ Fuels Record Sign-Ups For CBS All Access

In addition to its single day subscriber sign-up record, CBS All Access saw its best week and month ever for sign-ups thanks to Star Trek: Discovery, the fall kick-off of the NFL ON CBS and the season finale of Big Brother and Big Brother Live Feeds.
CBS All Access also dropped the inaugural episode of After Trek, the show's live companion after-show hosted by Matt Mira at 11:00 PM, ET/8:00 PM, PT. All subsequent After Trek episodes will be available to stream live at 9:30 PM, ET following new episodes of Star Trek: Discovery.
While no specific numbers were reported, the network claims that today's record outstrips the previous one spurred by the 2017 GRAMMY Awards back in February.
Earlier this year, CBS All Access streamed its first original series, The Good Wife spinoff, The Good Fight. In addition, CBS Access provides fans access to 9K-plus episodes on demand that span primetime, daytime, late night and classic TV hits.” />
Tonight’s premiere of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access drove a record number of single day sign-ups for CBS' digital streaming subscription service.
All new episodes will be available on demand weekly after 8:30 PM, ET on Sundays exclusively for CBS All Access stateside subscribers. Episodes one and two of Star Trek: Discovery became available to stream on CBS All Access tonight with the shows also broadcasting on CBS.