7 Crazy Details About Big Upcoming TV Shows
Whether it's with cable, through streaming, or via loitering in a Best Buy until security bans you, we all enjoy watching TV. And until Hollywood runs out of ideas (or ideas for how to recycle all the old ideas they had years ago), we're getting a whole lot more shows. We've looked into a few of the more anticipated upcoming TV series, and found some details that, for better or worse, intrigue us. Such as how ...
Star Trek: Picard Is Connected To The Reboot Films And Run By A Pulitzer Prize Winner
Following the franchise's proud tradition of sending senior citizens on perilous space adventures, the new Star Trek show, Picard, will find the beloved Next Generation captain going on a new mission that will hopefully involve more than just sipping tea. While we don't know a lot about it yet, we do know that the show finds Old Picard palling around with a canine buddy and working at his own vineyard, hopefully because AC/DC-brand wine has been outlawed in the 24th century.
It's also been suggested by producer Alex Kurtzman that "Picard's life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire." When did that happen, you ask? Well, the destruction of Romulus was what prompted the villain of the 2009 Star Trek reboot film to travel back in time, creating the alternate reality known as the "Kelvin Timeline," in which the Enterprise crew looks slightly sexier and Sulu is suddenly gay because of physics. Meaning that a background detail in that film is of huge significance to Picard, which still takes place in the original, non-Beastie Boys-filled timeline.
In case you're worried the new show will tarnish your memories of Picard that weren't already ruined by the dune buggy chase in Star Trek: Nemesis, one promising sign is that acclaimed novelist Michael Chabon will be showrunner. Chabon won a Pulitzer Prize for The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier & Clay, and also co-wrote the script for Spider-Man 2. While the show doesn't premiere until 2020, we're also getting a prequel novel and comic book series, which will hopefully focus on the ins and outs of house-training pit bulls.
Watchmen Will Feature A Totally Different Celebrity President
For those who didn't rage-cancel HBO after Game Of Thrones ended like a wet fart in a white tuxedo, this fall, you can watch a Watchmen TV show on the network. Created by Lost and The Leftovers writer Damon Lindelof, the show is both a sequel to and "reimagining" of the landmark graphic novel. It features an older Ozymandias played by Jeremy Irons, as well as some kind of creepy militia seemingly inspired by Rorschach. The trailer also hints that Dr. Manhattan will return to Earth to provide that "swole, anatomically correct Smurf" vibe television has long been lacking.
Recently, Lindelof revealed some even wackier details about the show. For one, it's set in an alternate 2019 that continues from the timeline of the comic. In this reality, the president is ... Robert Redford? Yup, apparently he defeated Gerald Ford in 1992, and has been president ever since (remember, in this timeline, presidential term limits were abolished). If that sounds awesome, it shouldn't, because according to Lindelof, the show will explore "What would happen if a well-intentioned liberal white man was a president for too long." Even more surreally, this dystopian version of Robert Redford will be played by ... our Robert Redford, giving his attorneys a break.
The 2019 of Watchmen features no internet or social media, which were torpedoed by the Redford administration. And instead of the Cold War, the central conflict will center around white supremacy and police brutality. Since there's nothing funny about that, let us once again point out that this show will probably feature a dude with a big glowing blue dong.
A Star Wars Extra Inspired An Important Part Of The Mandalorian
Historically, TV hasn't always been the best medium for Star Wars. There was the dreary (and at times unnecessarily erotic) Holiday Special, the Droids cartoon, the murder-filled Ewok movies, and of course, the time C-3PO and R2-D2 got oiled down by the cast of Sesame Street. Now, thanks to our Disney overlords, we're getting a legit big-budget Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. The show follows a lone gunfighter in the years following the events of Return Of The Jedi. Also, acclaimed filmmaker and guy who's never seen a single Star Wars movie Werner Herzog is in it.
Oddly, a key part of the show seems to have been inspired by one of the extras from the Original Trilogy. In The Empire Strikes Back, during the evacuation of Cloud City, some guy runs past Lando carrying some kind of weird container thing. Fans speculated that it was a futuristic ice cream machine for whatever business sells frozen desserts in the Star Wars universe. Dairy Queen Amidala? Bossk-in Robbins?
Most of us probably didn't even notice this guy. But since even a Star Wars crew member's cigarette butt would be given an elaborate backstory if it appeared onscreen, this guy eventually got not just a name, but a full biography. He's Willrow Hood, and he even has his own action figure. And now it seems that dumb container he was holding is going to be a big part of The Mandalorian. We know this because director Jon Favreau Instagrammed a photo of the object, thrilling fans of that one guy who appears for like three seconds.