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Development: Picard series gets release window; Rian Johnson student film getting Dust debut; more

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Dec 4, 2018, 5:15 PM EST (Updated)

Do you like Star Trek? Do you like Rian Johnson? How about some Woody Woodpecker? If you answered 'HELL YES!' to any of those questions, then you're gonna love our latest genre development news roundup. 

First off, we've got some very good news for all you Star Trek: The Next Generation fans out there.

According to The Wrap, the Captain Picard spinoff series with Sir Patrick Stewart will arrive on CBS All Access at the tail end of 2019. This was reportedly revealed by CBS's new Chief Creative Officer, David Nevins, at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference.

The upcoming Star Trek series, overseen by Discovery co-creator Alex Kurtzman, was announced in August at a Trek Con in Las Vegas. Naturally, the Internet lost its mind. In late September, Stewart confirmed that the writers room had been assembled.

Second off, Rian Johnson may be a major Hollywood filmmaker now, but for his next screening, the Last Jedi writer/director be going back to school. 

Per Deadline, Dust (a sci-fi channel dedicated to shorts) is teaming up with the University of Southern California's film school (Johnson's alma mater) to show off some really great student films.

One of them will be Johnson's 1996 student feature, Evil Demon Golf Ball From Hell!!!, a comedy-horror ode to Edgar Allan Poe's The Tell-Tale Heart. Apparently, the short is often shown to USC's film students as an example of how one can make a great short film on almost no budget. 

You can catch Evil Demon Golf Ball From Hell!!! on Dust between Dec. 7 and Dec. 10. 

Last off, Woody Woodpecker is making his triumphant return via a reboot on YouTube Kids. This is the iconic character's first time back on "television" in 20 years. 

To accompany Woody on his brand-new set of adventures are a number of old faces like Walrus, Buzz Buzzard, Andy Panda, Chilly Willy, Wally, Winnie, Splinter, and Knothead. All 10 episodes can be watched for free by clicking here

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Created by Walter Lantz in 1940 for Universal, Woody Woodpecker has one of the most distinctive designs and laughs in cartoon history. Over the last 78 years, the character's been the star of shorts, films, TV shows, and even theme parks.