I’m not sure my boyfriend is breathing if he’s already read this news…
CBS will premiere in a new Star Trek series in January 2017 with new characters and new worlds. Take a deep breath trekkies, and continue:
Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced the movie Star Trek with Roberto Orci and Star Trek Into Darkness with Orci and Damon Lindelof, will serve as executive producer for the new series.
The network’s goal is to also stream all the new episodes exclusively on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription video-on-demand and live-streaming service.
“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 CBS TV Studios President David Stapf in a statement. (Star Trek turns 50 in 2016.) “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.”
The new TV series is not related to the upcoming feature film Star Trek Beyond, which is expected to premiere next summer.
The original Star Trek series debuted in September 1966 and aired for three seasons.
While many fans are excited…some fans doubt the idea, like who writes in Forbes:
I am a massive Star Trek fan. Does that surprise you? No, I bet it doesn’t I’m a geek who writes about tech. You’d be more surprised if I told you water is wet. But I’m also a massive geek about TV too, and I’m particularly fascinated about the idea of Star Trek coming to CBS, although it won’t actually air long-term on the network, instead moving to CBS’ digital platform “All Access”.
In some ways that’s similar to the old model that Paramount used for Next Generation. Back then no network was prepared to commit to a sci-fi show, especially not for 22 episodes that was the norm back then. Several networks offered Paramount mini-series and short runs, but instead the company used the US network of smaller, independent stations to sell the show. Affiliates got to sell some local ads, while Paramount kept a bunch of ad time to sell nationally. This was a roaring success.
After Voyager and DS9 finished – and did well – Paramount had a crack at Enterprise. It wasn’t a massive success, and struggled for ratings. It was also just about the worst thing that ever happened to the franchise too, with over-reliance on tedious time-travel stories that spoilt the core of Star Trek.
The next group of problems the new series will have, is that it’s being produced by Alex Kurtzman who currently runs CBS travesty on TV “Scorpion” a show where running an Ethernet cable out of a jet aeroplane is considered good quality fiction. He’s also in charge of Hawaii 5-0, another TV car-crash and Limitless, currently airing on CBS based on the popular movie, but reworked to meet CBS’ requirement that all of its dramas are about law-enforcement or lawyers.
For me, a Star Trek lover, this is a whole lot of fail, and that’s just on the day the show is announced. Like most people who love Trek, I want a good show. I’ve watched pretty much every other series, and I constantly defend Voyager against the haters. But as someone who feels like the rebooted movies are a bit of a problem, I’m deeply worried about what will end up happening to my beloved franchise.
On the plus side, Kurtzman was involved with Fringe, which was another favourite of mine for most of its run. It certainly had some shaky moments, but overall that show was a rarity on broadcast TV. Really, I believe CBS/Paramount should have pushed new Trek to cable, where it could have shorter runs, but enjoy a less ratings-focused existence. CBS does, after all, have Showtime exactly for this sort of thing – perhaps it couldn’t interest the schedulers over there in a new Trek series.
Where do you stand?
Also.. two guys have created a real-life Holodeck:
It’s more advanced than any IMAX experience…read more from Time.