The creator of The Closer joins Patrick Stewart's new Star Trek series

By: Start TV Staff     Posted: September 24, 2018, 2:30PM

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For many TV audiences, their proper introduction to the TV writer/producer James Duff was through the Emmy-winning series he created, The Closer. The show debuted in 2005, more than a decade into Duff's career, which started in 1992 with an Emmy-nominated TV movie Doing Time on Maple Drive. Since The Closer became a smash hit, Duff's climbed in prominence, and now following his successful spin-off of The Closer, Major Crimes, he's piqued to become a major part of one of television's biggest franchises: Star Trek.

It was recently announced that Patrick Stewart would be returning to Star Trek to revive his role as Jean-Luc Picard. The plan was to give Picard his own show, and the most recent announcement revealed which writers will be at the helm of this huge TV revival. Along with Star Trek: Discovery writer Kirsten Beyer, American novelist Michael Chabon and Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, it was announced that Duff too would join the writing crew.

Although Duff was most likely tapped primarily for his riveting work on The Closer and Major Crimes, it should interest fans to note that this isn't Duff's first time going into the beyond. In 2001, he wrote a first season episode of Star Trek: Enterprise called "Fortunate Son." Hopefully, Trekkies will consider themselves fortunate to see more of Duff's writing in the Trek universe.

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