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The Meg is Closer to ‘Jaws’ Than ‘Sharknado’

MOVIE REVIEW When Steven Spielberg’s Jaws opened in theaters in 1975, it took the world by storm. Not only was the movie hugely popular as it was genuinely scary, it actually affected society in a strange way. Audiences began to have an irrational fear of sharks even when swimming at a lake. When Jaws 2 came to theaters three years later, everyone knew the catchphrase, “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…” Since then, it’s been hard for movie studios to be able to drum up the same excitement with their own Jaws knock-offs. Shark movies became a joke. Even Jaws 3 and Jaws: The Revenge were met with disdain (and with good reason). But sharks are still a popular subject, just not one that we take very seriously anymore.
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'Star Trek' to Go Back Where it Came From

CBS has announced that a new Star Trek TV show is in the works.
The cast of the original 1966 Star Trek (1darthvader.deviantart.com)

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When NBC debuted Star Trek on September 8, 1966, the show initially received high ratings. However, by the last show of the first season, had fallen in popularity to the 52nd spot of 94 television shows. Not surprisingly, the network wanted to cancel the series during its second year, but was saved by an extreme fan letter writing campaign. It managed to last a third season, but was dropped due to even more dismal results. Since that time, Star Trek found success with the series year beginning in 1979 with the first motion picture featuring the same stars from the original series. It was followed by five more movies, four spin-off TV series and then a reboot of the original series in three (at least) new motion pictures.

So it may or may not be a surprise to learn that CBS is in the planning stages of creating yet another Star Trek TV series to premiere in January 2017. The series will be headed up by Alex Kurtzman serving as executive producer and according to MSN.com, is said to be the series designed especially for CBS ALL Access. The show would not be a reboot (at least it doesn’t appear to be) and will include new characters and storylines.


According to MSN, the show would be given a preview on the regular CBS network, but the rest of the episodes would be show on All Access and “also be distributed concurrently for television and multiple platforms around the world by CBS Studios International.”

“There is no better time to give Star Trek fans a new series than on the heels of the original show’s 50th anniversary celebration,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. “Everyone here has great respect for this storied franchise, and we’re excited to launch its next television chapter in the creative mind and skilled hands of Alex Kurtzman, someone who knows this world and its audience intimately.”

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