TV Talk

TCA 2017: Star Trek: Discovery Scripts Are in, a Feminist Honeymooners, and More TV News

by | January 7, 2017 | Comments

Star Trek: Discovery logo (Courtesy of CBS Television Studios/©2016 CBS Television Studios. All Rights Reserved.)

The Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour has begun. Twice a year, the TCA meets in Los Angeles, including over 200 journalists from across America and Canada, to interview the stars and creators of television shows. Rotten Tomatoes is attending panels and snagging interviews between now and January 18 to cover the daily news revealed in these sessions. Beginning Thursday with Audience Network’s reception, and continuing in a series of visits to Hollywood sound stages on Friday, Rotten Tomatoes has the latest news on Star Trek: Discovery, the upcoming Honeymooners reboot, a new Stephen King miniseries, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Good Place, and more.


Star Trek: Discovery Maintains Bryan Fuller’s Vision

CBS Television Studios president David Stapf told Rotten Tomatoes that writers of Star Trek: Discovery have completed “a few” scripts, readying for production later this month. Bryan Fuller had stepped down as show runner with Akiva Goldsman stepping up, but Stapf assures us that Discovery is still the same show Fuller described at Comic-Con and TCA presentations in the summer.


Honeymooners Reboot Has a Feminist Twist

Stapf also told Rotten Tomatoes the proposed reboot of the classic sitcom The Honeymooners puts a feminist wrinkle in the Ralph Kramden–Edward Norton friendship. Ed and Trixie Norton are back together after a five-year separation, which gives him a different perspective on marriage than Ralph. “Ed is much more of a newfound feminist because he has come to appreciate what he didn’t have and didn’t appreciate in Trixie,” Stapf said. The pilot has yet to be picked up by a network or to be cast.


Why Stephen King Miniseries Mr. Mercedes Is Too Taboo for Broadcast

Audience Network head Chris Long told Rotten Tomatoes that the Stephen King miniseries Mr. Mercedes could only air on a pay service. While broadcast networks have done King’s It, The Stand, The Shining, and more as miniseries, Mr. Mercedes would still be taboo.

In King’s novel, the serial killer has a sexual relationship with his mother. It won’t be gratuitous, but Long said the descriptions King wrote will be presented faithfully in ways that would not pass broadcast standards and practices.

“I don’t think you’re ready for the mother making out with her son on broadcast television,” Long told us. “You’d get a lot of issues with your advertising.”

Mr. Mercedes begins shooting the 10-episode series this month. David E. Kelley adapted the book. Jack Bender directs.


Which Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Song Is Too Filthy to Air?

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend returned with a double episode Friday night. That morning, star Rachel Bloom and producer Aline Brosh McKenna spoke to Rotten Tomatoes about upcoming episodes. The preview shows musical legend Patti LuPone guest starring, and Bloom assured fans she sings. Bloom added there will be a ’70s number and hard rock song akin to AC/DC in future episodes.

McKenna also revealed plans to release an extended cut of the song “Period Sex” online.

“It’s actually one of the filthiest things ever so it can’t go on the show,” McKenna said.


Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s Segmented Season 4

On the set of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen explained that the current season is divided into three sections. Ghost Rider was the first section, and the second part is dealing with Melinda May as a Life Model Decoy, but they would not reveal the subject of the third.

They added, however, that Ghost Rider could return.

“That chapter is not closed,” Tancharoen said. “He slipped away for a moment but it’s not closed.”


The Good Place Goes on the Lam

In this week’s return of The Good Place, Tahani (Jameela Jamil) said she had an idea to allow Eleanor (Kristen Bell) to remain in The Good Place. Series creator Mike Schur revealed her plan is to apply the points system (positive for good deeds, negative for bad) to the afterlife. Next week’s episode will start to show how that idea falls apart.

“That episode ends with essentially certain people for certain reasons deciding to just go on the lam,” Schur said.


FX’s Feud Found Actual Props from Original Baby Jane Movie

Judy Becker, production designer on the FX series Feud gave reporters a tour of the sets. The series stars Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford and Susan Sarandon as Bette Davis making the movie What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Becker said they found the original piano, sofa, and birdcage from the Crawford-Davis movie in Hollywood prop houses, and they are featured on their recreation of the movie set.


The Carmichael Show Addresses the Topic of Rape

The cast of NBC’s The Carmichael Show performed a table read in front of reporters. The comedy series, which frequently addresses hot-button issues, deals with rape in an episode called “Yes Means Yes.” Characters debate what constitutes consent, discussing recent examples like Nate Parker, Casey Affleck, and Ben Roethlisberger.

Other season 3 episodes will address gun violence and mass shootings, body image, rules within the African-American community, Nekeisha (Tiffany Haddish)’s backstory in foster care, and the return of Marla Gibbs as Frances, dealing with Alzheimer’s. NBC has not announced a premiere date for season 3 of the series.

Tag Cloud

Women's History Month indiana jones Black Mirror MCU razzies NBC Mary Poppins Returns suspense sequel supernatural GLAAD spain green book thriller 20th Century Fox Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt comedies Black History Month revenge Avengers National Geographic San Diego Comic-Con Epix Pride Month finale technology Turner Classic Movies parents Rocketman Premiere Dates Esquire book venice PaleyFest best dramedy New York Comic Con miniseries spinoff women Arrowverse telelvision marvel cinematic universe hist high school 72 Emmy Awards Watching Series BBC Showtime ITV Wes Anderson werewolf Fox Searchlight Tarantino feel good YouTube Exclusive Video young adult stoner Action PBS saw leaderboard harry potter Neflix Countdown news Mary Tyler Moore police drama CNN Amazon Prime die hard Toys 90s BET Awards Ghostbusters Paramount Captain marvel animated worst 2019 Reality Competition zombie Opinion Hulu TNT mission: impossible Emmy Nominations TV movies hispanic james bond free movies Tomatazos south america prank video on demand chucky Star Wars Amazon remakes Tokyo Olympics Acorn TV italian USA VH1 Christmas blockbusters American Society of Cinematographers The Walking Dead El Rey FOX 93rd Oscars Nickelodeon Marvel Television dc ABC Family deadpool all-time The Witch CBS All Access Video Games Netflix Christmas movies DirecTV Warner Bros. comic book movies golden globes Amazon Studios Bravo 71st Emmy Awards Britbox 24 frames APB pirates of the caribbean hollywood black comedy TBS latino live event Comics on TV Infographic Alien Pixar adaptation Spring TV ABC breaking bad Legendary marvel comics scary spy thriller worst movies Universal Pictures Shondaland vampires superman 2017 Quiz cartoon directors criterion Binge Guide toronto Crunchyroll GIFs festivals video jamie lee curtis First Reviews Paramount Plus 21st Century Fox E3 asian-american Superheroes Heroines ID monster movies Dark Horse Comics debate Super Bowl rt labs Endgame mockumentary Comedy Central psychological thriller Pirates theme song dceu TruTV USA Network streaming movies scorecard christmas movies TCA 2017 comiccon Hear Us Out Crackle Biopics fast and furious popular TLC spanish language Winners sitcom sports Logo Fargo witnail Disney streaming service period drama Creative Arts Emmys international Syfy HBO Food Network Discovery Channel aliens Set visit Instagram Live dogs romantic comedy Image Comics Comedy Cannes scene in color television Hallmark Christmas movies Music crossover Broadway classics dark Trailer Marathons cars canceled Baby Yoda cults Musicals Winter TV king arthur spider-verse emmy awards 2018 Certified Fresh sopranos docudrama Thanksgiving Lifetime Christmas movies boxoffice indie batman Columbia Pictures Valentine's Day Mary poppins HBO Go Drama mob game show comic book movie 2015 X-Men zero dark thirty Pop TV canceled TV shows Apple TV Plus TCA Winter 2020 Elton John Awards Tour science fiction Lionsgate See It Skip It Disney+ Disney Plus FX on Hulu singing competition children's TV DGA critic resources hidden camera Family renewed TV shows ABC Signature BET Summer TV wonder woman IFC Films Holidays Chernobyl FXX Fantasy strong female leads Western child's play travel Song of Ice and Fire art house ratings TIFF toy story Starz rotten Photos A24 politics HFPA dreamworks adventure TCA Awards scary movies anime golden globe awards LGBTQ blaxploitation The Purge festival football cancelled television biography composers screenings SXSW a nightmare on elm street DC streaming service nature Freeform AMC foreign mcc cats E! trailers kaiju TV One Election The Walt Disney Company CMT blockbuster Sneak Peek Comic Book Hollywood Foreign Press Association Grammys ESPN cops movies Best and Worst know your critic king kong Vudu kong WGN HBO Max 73rd Emmy Awards documentaries versus Red Carpet Disney Plus RT History MTV archives halloween tv rom-coms Walt Disney Pictures reboot laika zombies facebook Universal teaser CBS new zealand quibi Ellie Kemper Film Festival Holiday political drama award winner concert Extras CW Seed RT21 medical drama 007 nbcuniversal joker new york obituary films TCM Tumblr vs. anthology Pet Sematary LGBT stand-up comedy Ovation Lifetime richard e. Grant Emmys Anna Paquin Academy Awards godzilla Box Office live action BBC America Reality PlayStation 45 2020 Television Academy Superheroe OWN SundanceTV independent DC Universe AMC Plus Sony Pictures mutant Brie Larson critics heist movie royal family sag awards Tubi Netflix gangster IFC what to watch comics tv talk Country war crime drama olympics name the review Peacock aapi new star wars movies Nominations transformers space target Marvel 4/20 rt archives dragons Animation Teen disaster Interview nfl TV renewals diversity jurassic park Comic-Con@Home 2021 BBC One Fall TV Nat Geo halloween YouTube Red Disney Channel VICE japan ViacomCBS crime thriller Film Hallmark Podcast Oscars Prime Video Spike book adaptation true crime Pop slasher TV Land Television Critics Association 79th Golden Globes Awards Rock DC Comics NYCC Disney posters unscripted dexter binge legend Funimation Polls and Games spider-man docuseries cancelled Shudder History Sundance Now Travel Channel Chilling Adventures of Sabrina cancelled TV series Schedule Musical based on movie casting spanish Calendar Stephen King The Arrangement MSNBC Martial Arts Mystery documentary cooking Paramount Network Pacific Islander President french 2021 Kids & Family historical drama satire hispanic heritage month ghosts justice league streaming 2016 slashers stop motion Writers Guild of America franchise social media sequels trophy BAFTA Lucasfilm black Apple YA 99% universal monsters reviews elevated horror Awards GoT Sundance fresh lord of the rings natural history twilight cancelled TV shows Turner Mudbound action-comedy australia serial killer Fox News Spectrum Originals game of thrones kids basketball Trivia Trophy Talk genre Horror 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards WarnerMedia crime cinemax SDCC Amazon Prime Video boxing TCA VOD screen actors guild Character Guide Marvel Studios series Adult Swim Sundance TV The CW NBA rotten movies we love doctor who Apple TV+ Classic Film psycho Mindy Kaling japanese Year in Review talk show Masterpiece Sci-Fi 1990s First Look Cosplay comic books YouTube Premium superhero Rocky robots FX Tags: Comedy IMDb TV Star Trek adenture comic discovery biopic The Academy A&E OneApp rt labs critics edition movie Rom-Com romance Cartoon Network