Yesterday we reported that shooting started for the Star Trek: Short Treks episode featuring the return of Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd. We learned that Rick and Morty writer/producer Mike McMahan had penned the mini-episode, which is being directed by Wilson.
Wilson has previously said his Short Treks episode will be “funny and weird,” and include “alien situations you have never seen before.” Today Wilson offered us a bit more by tweeting a teaser image with himself as Mudd, flanked on either side by some familiar Star Trek aliens–specifically green-skinned Orions, who also featured prominently in the first season finale.
Wilson’s tweet also included the message: “Guess who’s back!? (Ok, I’ll tell you.) #HarryMudd.” Cryptically the actor and Short Treks director also added, “Big announcement on Thursday from @StarTrekCBS!”
— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) September 16, 2018
TrekMovie is trying to confirm the actors playing those two Orions; the actress looks a lot like Janet Varney (You’re The Worst, Stan Against Evil).
Even more Mudd coming to CBS All Access?
Rainn Wilson already played Harry Mudd twice during the first season of Discovery, and his return for Star Trek: Short Treks is not news and was actually revealed in July at San Diego Comic-Con. He also spoke about his Short Treks episode at Star Trek Las Vegas in August, so it isn’t clear what Wilson is referring to when he says there is a “Big announcement” coming this week from CBS.
One likely possibility is that CBS will provide more details on the four Short Treks episodes, including the one with Wilson’s Mudd. So far, CBS has only said that the episodes are coming this fall, one a month. Thursday’s announcement could include the schedule of episodes and more details about them, including synopses. The announcement may also be related to the Star Trek: Discovery New York Comic Con panel set for October 6.
It is also possible that CBS has something more up its sleeve. We know that they are developing more Star Trek content for All Access, and just last month CBS TV Studios president David Stapf said: “My goal is that there should be a Star Trek something on all the time on All Access.” In that same interview, it was confirmed that CBS is looking at Discovery characters for potential spin-offs. Specifically, when asked if they are considering a Mudd spin-off, CBS EVP for Original Content Julie McNamara said “He definitely falls in that category of it could be interesting to build around this character. But, I will say, it hasn’t progressed any further than that.”
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