Did You Hear? is a weekly examination of headlines in the entertainment industry and a take on what they could mean for the future of the industry and (often), the little geeky bubble that we occupy.
Gifted gets Cancelled
Variety reported earlier this week that Fox cancelled their X-Men-inspired drama The Gifted following its second season. After the show lost nearly half its viewership with the second season the writing seemed on the wall for the suburban family with mutant tendencies.
FX’s Legion (fun fact: FX owned by Fox!), announced in February that the third season of the Noah Hawley-helmed X-Men show would be coming to an end as well. If I can take some inspiration from my boss, Stephen Schleicher, for a moment and put on my conspiracy theory hat I might get to thinking this has something to do with the Fox/Disney merger.
Captain Picard Builds its Cast
Variety also announced this week additional casting for the upcoming Picard series coming to CBS All-Access. Joining the previously announced: Santagio Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, and Evan Evagora are Alison Pill (Scott Pilgrim vs the World, The Newsroom), Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger, Penny Dreadful), and Isa Briones (Takers, American Crime Story), continuing the series apparent trend toward diverse casting. It’s a nice nod to this long tradition in the Star Trek franchise.
As previously reported, the series will see Patrick Stewart reprise the role he played for seven seasons on “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” Exact plot details are still being kept mostly under wraps, though the series is said to tell the story of the next chapter of Picard’s life, indicating that it will take place after the events of “Star Trek: The Next Generation.
No word yet on who Pill, Treadaway, and Briones will be playing or what role they may have to play in relation to Picard. In the meantime I would like to float my second conspiracy theory of this article that they have been cast as the Picard children or grandchildren. The title Picard meaning to encompass more of the cast than merely the lead.