Today’s Discovery update has some high praise for new cast member Anson Mount, CBS dreaming of Emmys and some fun stuff from social media.
Jeffrey Hunter’s son praises casting of Anson Mount
The biggest news of April has been Anson Mount being cast to play Captain Christopher Pike, a role originally played in the first Star Trek pilot by late actor Jeffrey Hunter. In a new interview with the Sammi Speaks Geek podcast, Jeffrey Hunter’s eldest son Chris Hunter talked about the casting of Mount, saying:
“I’m really happy about Anson Mount…I’ve been watching Anson Mount and he really has the qualities that you need in Pike. You know Pike is a very serious captain. My dad played him as a guy who was burned out, who really cared way too much about his crew, and was really tested by the old Talosians. Bruce Greenwood was wonderful as Pike. He really had those qualities as a mentor. I think Anson Mount is going to have the same qualities that those two guys did. He’s got some big shoes to ﬁll and think he is going to really be successful.”
While acknowledging that Mount resembles his father, Chris Hunter said that isn’t why he thinks it was good casting, noting “What’s important is they understand who Pike is.” He did note that he sees similarity with Mount’s work in Hell on Wheels and his father’s work in a number of westerns and how Mount portrays a similar character style of “independence and calm demeanor.”
Shortly after he was cast, Mount also acknowledged his resemblance to the late actor in a Facebook post (using the comparison image created by TrekMovie.com) and adding the note “doing my best Jeffrey Hunter.”
Bring your dog to Discovery day?
Speaking of Mount, last Friday the actor posted this pic showing he has brought his dog Mac with him as he shoots Discovery. The photo from Twitter also shows that Mount – who is often seen with a beard or some level of facial hair – will be portraying Pike clean shaven.
CBS hoping for acting and series nominations
We are coming up on Emmy voting time and CBS Studios is preparing their submissions for consideration. The Gold Derby is reporting that Star Trek: Discovery is one of a handful of shows CBS is making a big push for, submitting it for Best Drama Series as well as submitting a number of names for the various acting categories.
List of CBS Studios submissions for Discovery.
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Drama Actress – Sonequa Martin-Green
Drama Supporting Actress – Mary Chieffo, Mary Wiseman, Michelle Yeoh
Drama Supporting Actor – Wilson Cruz, Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Shazad Latif, Anthony Rapp
Drama Guest Actress – Jayne Brook
Drama Guest Actor – James Frain, Kenneth Mitchell, Rainn Wilson
The Gold Derby report focused solely on series and acting submissions. Presumably there will also be submissions for other categories. The Star Trek franchise has picked up 155 Emmy nominations over the decades, however only three of those were for acting (all for Leonard Nimoy for each season of TOS). The franchise has also picked up three nominations for Drama Series, for the first two seasons of TOS and the final season of TNG. The Emmy nominations will be announced in July.
Behind the scenes pic of the day: Sewing Discovery
Production on the second season of Discovery started last week, so every department is busy making new Star Trek. This morning costume designer Gersha Phillips shared a shot on Instagram of the “early morning sewing team” hard at work.
Fan art of the day: Disco Cage
Cartoonist Lee Sargent is spending a year making a new Star Trek-themed cartoon every day. On Sunday he posted a fun mashup of Discovery and the TOS pilot “The Cage.” It even got the attention of some of the Star Trek: Discovery crew, garnering some likes retweets from writers and cast from the show.
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.
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