TV News: Trek, Humans, Roseanne, Lies, Handmaid

Star Trek: Discovery
Series executive producer Alex Kurtzman will reportedly take the helm for the season two premiere episode of Netflix and CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery”. Production on the episode begins next month in Toronto and no air date has yet been scheduled for the premiere.

In the final moments of the season finale episode the crew of the USS Discovery sets off from Earth to Vulcan, but stops along the way to answer a distress call from the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain Christopher Pike. [Source: Variety]

AMC has announced that its critically-acclaimed scripted sci-fi drama “Humans” will return for a third season on Tuesday June 5th. Returning one year after the dawn of consciousness, a decimated and oppressed Synth population fights to survive in a world that hates and fears them. In a divided Britain, Synths and humans struggle to broker an uneasy peace. [Source: AMC]

The “Roseanne” reboot opened to massive ratings on Tuesday night with a 5.1 rating and 18.2 million Live+Same Day viewers tuning in for the show’s return. That total is bigger than the original series finale back in the pre-DVR days of 1997 which garnered 16 million viewers. The rating meanwhile is near the 5.7 demo rating the “Game of Thrones” season finale scored last year – meaning the new “Roseanne” is a ratings juggernaut. [Source: Vulture]

Big Little Lies
Douglas Smith (“The Alienist”) has signed on for a major role in the seven-episode second installment of HBO’s “Big Little Lies”. Smith will play new character Corey Brockfield, an off-beat surfer, aspiring marine biologist and Jane’s (Shailene Woodley) co-worker.

In addition to Woodley, he’ll join previously announced returning cast Nicole Kidman as Celeste Wright, Reese Witherspoon as Madeline Martha Mackenzie, Adam Scott as Ed MacKenzie, Laura Dern as Renata Klein and Zoe Kravitz as Bonnie Carlson. Meryl Streep joins the series as Mary Louise Wright. [Source: Deadline]

The Handmaid’s Tale
Hulu has released another trailer for the second season of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” which returns with thirteen new episodes kicking off with a double-episode premiere on April 25th.

The Emmy-winning drama series returns with Offred’s pregnancy and her ongoing fight to free her future child from the dystopian horrors of Gilead the central theme.