For Star Trek: Discovery this week, we heard from co-showrunner Gretchen J. Berg about season two plans, learned a little bit about Tig Notaro’s new role, and saw CBS showcase Discovery at Licensing Expo. But there are a few other bits of Discovery news to catch you up with in our weekly wrap-up with behind the scenes insights from the set, the makeup trailer, the writers room and beyond.
Disco in the Carpool Karaoke
Some of the main cast of Star Trek: Discovery are headed to Apple’s webseries Carpool Karaoke, the spin-off from The Late Show with James Corden where celebrities sing in cars. CBS Studios, who produce the show, announced “Starfleet’s newest mission” on Twitter, showing Sonequa Martin-Green being thrown the keys, and joined by co-stars Mary Wiseman, Anthony Rapp and Doug Jones. The second season of Carpool Karaoke was announced in February but has no set premiere date. The first season kicked off in August 2017, so maybe we will see the Disco stars singing in an SUV this summer.
— CBS TV Studios (@CBSTVStudios) May 21, 2018
Sonequa Martin-Green also tweeted about their time in the car, saying they were “killing this.”
— Sonequa Martin-Green (@SonequaMG) May 21, 2018
Tales from the make-up trailer of singalongs and Klingon boobs
As part of their Emmy Awards voting season coverage, IndieWire has an in-depth profile of the make-up team behind Star Trek: Discovery, with a tour of Alchemy Studios along with talking to makeup designers Glenn Hetrick and James MacKinnon and actors Mary Chieffo (L’Rell) and Doug Jones (Saru). One of the things Hetrick and MacKinnon talk about is how important it is to set the right mood in the makeup trailer, which includes playing music to keep the actors relaxed for the hours it takes to apply their prosthetics, revealing some of the favorites of the cast:
But usually the people in the chair get to pick the soundtrack. Jones is a big Whitney Houston fan, and ’80s pop was in heavy rotation as well during Season 1. Chieffo recalled one morning where she, Jones, and co-star Anthony Rapp were all in makeup together, and because they were all “musical theater people,” they weren’t shy when it came to singing along with that morning’s playlist, even the pop tunes. “Pretty much any song, we were just willing to go in guns blazing,” she said.
The article also provides some interesting details on how the work gets done, such as how they solved the problem of making it easy for Jones to breathe by creating canals under the makeup for his nostrils. Mary Chieffo also talked about how she refused an offer to have a body double handle the Klingon nude scenes as she didn’t want another actress to get L’Rell’s movements wrong. She also discussed the process of having her body cast:
“I’m a theater gal, so I’m pretty free. I’m not walking around topless normally, but I’m very comfortable with whatever you need to do to get the job done. So once we got that cast and then once it was designed, I did actual feel quite comfortable once I had it on, to walk around that day.” How comfortable? Once the prosthetic was applied, she said, “‘They gave me a shirt, but then I’m like, ‘These are so not my boobs.’”
Speaking of MacKinnon, This week he showed some pride in an Instagram post about finally “made it,” with chair in the video village.
Mom I made it …. I made Video village 🖖🏼 #took30years #videovillage #startrekmakeup #chairback #setchair #startrek #startrekdiscovery #prosthetics #prostheticmakeup #specialmakeupeffects #makeupartist #makeup #makeupfx #startrek #setlife #deptheadmakeup #deptheadprosthetics #local706 #local706makeupartist @marsattacks17
Celebrating Doug’s birthday with songs, cake and noogies
It was Doug Jones’ birthday this week and apparently it was an event on the set. Emily Coutts (Lt. Keyla Detmer) revealed there were multiple renditions of singing “Happy Birthday” to the actor as well as a cake.
For anyone wondering we sang @actordougjones happy birthday at least 5 times on set yesterday and screamed with joy every time he walked into a room! Oh and we ate cake. It was awesome. We love you Dougie!!
— Emily Coutts (@couttsemily) May 25, 2018
As for the newest member of the cast, Anson Mount (Capt. Pike) joked that he gave Jones some “noogies” for a birthday present.
Hahaha!! And all I can say is, “Aye, Captain!”
— Doug Jones (@actordougjones) May 26, 2018
Writers eat their feelings
The cast weren’t the only ones with a cake this week as Kirsten Beyer and Erika Lippoldt got a special cake for their fellow writers, so they could literally eat their feelings. .
— Star Trek Writers (@StarTrekRoom) May 23, 2018
When I say in the @StarTrekRoom “Sometimes I need to eat my feelings,” fellow #StarTrekDiscovery writer Kirsten Beyer makes it reality #feelingscake (pic by @extspace, cake credit to @gryphonmetal) pic.twitter.com/Y13BSVCPRs
— Ted Sullivan (@karterhol) May 23, 2018
Sharma tried out for Burham
At the FedCon convention last weekend actress Rekha Sharma – who played both a prime and mirror version of Commander Landry in season one of Discovery – revealed she originally auditioned for the part of Michael Burham, which eventually went to Sonequa Martin-Green.
@TheRekhaSharma first auditioned for #MichaelBurnam for #StarTrekDiscovery and had only 24h to learn the lines from one self destructive digital copy. #StarTrek #Fedcon #fedcon27 #disco #bsg #scifi pic.twitter.com/wDov1anaP8
— Kate Andromeda (@KateAndromeda) May 21, 2018
New trailer for Strange Angel, coming in June to All Access
While fans wait for the return of Discovery, CBS All Access has a new genre show coming up on June 14th and this week they released the second trailer.
Fan art of the week: Season 2 teaser poster
Here's my new retro teaser poster for @startrekcbs season 2! It's been fun seeing details about the production unfold these last few months. Looking forward to sharing more episode posters once the season debuts!🖖 #StarTrekDiscovery #StarTrek pic.twitter.com/YQ0Zjg04oi
— J.J. LendL (@JJLendl) May 23, 2018
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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