Get ready to once again boldly go when no man has gone before: CBS Television Studios announced that it will launch a new Star Trek television series in January 2017. It’s been 50 years since the original series, which only ran for 3 seasons. Since then, there have been several reboots and movies, but it has been 10 years since the last series – Enterprise – went off the air. The premise will be much the same – a bunch of intrepid space explorers wearing coloured shirts transporting themselves all over the universe, so set your phasers to stun.
In other, not quite related news, two major American theatre chains have decided to ban masks and light sabers when Star Wars: the Force Awakens opens next month. It’s a security precaution, so no Darth Vaders or storm troopers will be admitted. As for the light sabers, they’re ok, as long as they’re turned off. Am I missing something here? Light sabers aren’t real, are they? Has anyone been sliced in two by one, or maybe lost a hand?
Nicole Kidman is in talks to join the cast of the new Wonder Woman movie, which stars relative newcomer Gail Gadot in the title role. Not sure what role Kidman would have – possibly Wonder Woman’s mom, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, whose superpower may be a complete inability to wrinkle her forehead.
And if Christmas is coming, so is another one of NBC’s live musicals. They did Peter Pan last year, and The Sound of Music before that. December 3rd, they will present The Wiz – the all black take on The Wizard of Oz, with Shanice Williams, Ne-Yoh, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Uzo Aduba (from OITNB) all easing down the road. The wiz is also what you will have to take if the show goes on too long.