New Star Trek Series Boldly Goes Into Production

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New Star Trek Series Boldly Goes Into Production

USS Enterprise

Star Trek will beam... I mean, stream... onto a new series in 2017.

Long before Star Trek was a JJ Abrams franchise starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, and lens flare, it made its home on American television sets. The original series - which debuted in 1966 - was deeply influential to science-fiction and the development of actual science, prompting multiple spin-offs that were classics in their own right. Sadly, we haven't seen a Star Trek TV series since 2005's Enterprise, but the times might finally be changing. Producer Alex Kurtzman will relaunch the series on CBS All Access in January 2017, just a few months after Star Trek's 50th anniversary.

"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," President of CBS Television Studios David Stapf said. "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."

This Star Trek series will follow the adventures of a new Federation crew, presumably within 2009's rebooted universe. According to CBS, the series is based around "seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966". Star Trek will have a preview broadcast on television in January, followed by an exclusive US streaming run on CBS All Access.

While I personally enjoyed the 2009 reboot, getting back to Star Trek's sense of discovery and exploration is immensely exciting. These are themes far more suited to serialized formats than Paramount's latest films, allowing crews to actually study the final frontier instead of defending Earth from military threats. The only problem is that CBS' streaming service is a US-exclusive - there are many international Star Trek fans who will be disappointed by that detail.

Are you looking forward to a new Star Trek series? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Source: Deadline

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Fanghawk:
Star Trek will beam... I mean, steam...

You mean, stream ?
This could be cool, if and when it comes to some kind of streaming service here in northern Europe. Whenever I've considered picking up any of the previous series, I've had a bajillion seasons to binge through, something I simply don't have the time to. But following series on a weekly basis is somewhat easier for me to handle.

"presumably within 2009's rebooted universe."

My thought process:
New Star Trek series? FFFFFF YES!!!!! Finally!
Rebooted universe? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Seriously, I'd hate that SO much. :'(

I am totally on board with the IDEA of a new Trek series.

The question is whether they can give it what it deserves. The new Trek movies are ok in movie form, but if you want to go back to the TV series, Star Trek needs and deserves it's slower paced and more philosophical approach.

Fanghawk:
Star Trek will have a preview broadcast on television in January

YES

followed by an exclusive US streaming run on CBS All Access.

Fuck you, CBS.

Set phasers to ambivalent.

Fanghawk:

Star Trek will beam... I mean, steam... onto a new series in 2017.

Steam has started making TV series? Half Life 3 confirmed! Praise GabeN!

LegendaryGamer0:

Fanghawk:
followed by an exclusive US streaming run on CBS All Access.

Fuck you, CBS.

It's almost as if they don't want my money.
Oh well, hopefully it will end up on Netflix or something.

OT:
Apart from the aforementioned streaming issue, I'm pretty excited about a new Star Trek series!

To boldly go where someone has gone before...

Star Trek will beam... I mean, stream... onto a new series in 2017.

Yes, finally.

This Star Trek series will follow the adventures of a new Federation crew

New ship, new crew wonder what era this is gonna be set in, post DS9, post Voyager, maybe something between the original and next gen, who knows quite a lot of universe to explore here could be interesting....

presumably within 2009's rebooted universe

....then again maybe not.

So, when does this come to the rest of the world?

Awesome! finally a new series

"presumably within 2009's rebooted universe"

*Loads round into gun chamber and aims at head* its come to this...

Well Doctor Who ratings are dropping, so this would only make sense.

Star Trek as a mythos, aesthetic, set of icons, whathaveyou, is worth retaining and building upon.

Star Trek as a brand name is consistently the one thing that can get nerds to acknowledge any sort of social ills.

Star Trek as a singular, ongoing narrative stretching back to 1966 has done more damage to those points than good and I don't see that changing in the near future.

I like Michael Dorn's idea of a new Star Trek series with Worf as the main protagonist. This series could be good too, but there is a lot of potential left to explore in the original universe with even some of the original actors. Nemesis not being a great commercial success doesn't mean there isn't lots left to explore.

I shouldn't laugh, really I shouldn't, but having successfully given up on Star Trek some time ago, it's sorta funny when something like this happens.

Kenjitsuka:
"presumably within 2009's rebooted universe."

My thought process:
New Star Trek series? FFFFFF YES!!!!! Finally!
Rebooted universe? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Seriously, I'd hate that SO much. :'(

Same. I really want something in the style of then 90's treks.

Kenjitsuka:
"presumably within 2009's rebooted universe."

My thought process:
New Star Trek series? FFFFFF YES!!!!! Finally!
Rebooted universe? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Seriously, I'd hate that SO much. :'(

As a Star Wars fan, I feel your pain.

What is it with JJ and carpet bombing canon? He's doing the Stargate reboot too :P. I hope he never gets his hands on Dr Who.

Kenjitsuka:
"presumably within 2009's rebooted universe."

My thought process:
New Star Trek series? FFFFFF YES!!!!! Finally!
Rebooted universe? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Seriously, I'd hate that SO much. :'(

I don't even know why they are so determined to call it Star Trek if it's going to be based on that crap. Just call it "generic sci-fi action that we really, really want you to watch."

It's about time!

Fanghawk:
presumably within 2009's rebooted universe.

Sigh.

Enough real world time has passed since Star Trek last aired on television that they can do as much of a time skip as they like, leaving themselves only as bound to the original canon as they wish to be. I doubt the revival of Doctor Who would have lasted as long as it has - ten years and counting - had it not had such a rich heritage to draw from.

There is nothing to the reboot universe of Star Trek. It's shallow and superficial and has nothing of its own to say - seeing as by the second film they were already reduced to doing an inferior remake of a recognised classic.

Sixcess:
Enough real world time has passed since Star Trek last aired on television that they can do as much of a time skip as they like, leaving themselves only as bound to the original canon as they wish to be.

Agreed, call me if they start working on Star Trek The Next Next Generation.

I wouldn't care much about being part of the alternate universe if there was someone at the helm I trusted . . . but it's one of the guys who brought us two Trek movies I dislike.

Abramsverse, eh? Well, maybe they could do something interesting with it. All I ask is less pew-pew and more of this:

I'm still hoping it's set in the Prime universe, though. I'm in the middle of a DS9 binge (my personal favorite), and it made me realize just how badly I miss 90's Trek...

On a related note, Star Trek Online is offering some free premium content in light of this announcement. Players can get their hands on the NX-Enterprise and crew uniforms (Prime and Mirror universe variants) for free if they login before Nov. 4th, 10:30 a.m. (PST). Just thought I'd throw that out there for any other STO Escapists.

Set in Abramsverse? No thanks. Really, no fuckin' thanks. Just continue the beautiful universe that existed before that dolt tried to play with it.

Wait, does this mean that it'll get like one episode aired on television then go straight to streaming? Because in Canada we don't get CBS Prime, which means someone (Netflix, Amazon or Bell) is going to grab the streaming rights if that's the case. If that's what it means I hope it's Netflix because I'm not paying for CraveTV or Amazon Prime.

Kenjitsuka:
"presumably within 2009's rebooted universe."

My thought process:
New Star Trek series? FFFFFF YES!!!!! Finally!
Rebooted universe? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Seriously, I'd hate that SO much. :'(

I'm personally more bothered that this will be on a proprietary, paid service that can only be watched in the US. While I am, myself, an American, the other parts mean I'm unlikely to see it even if it's good.

Kenjitsuka:
"presumably within 2009's rebooted universe."

My thought process:
New Star Trek series? FFFFFF YES!!!!! Finally!
Rebooted universe? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Seriously, I'd hate that SO much. :'(

I'm with you there I could watch beyond the first 5 min of into darkness and barely finished the Star trek 2009. Oh well there are always he classics and I just bought Babylon 5 to watch as well.

I'm 100% ok with Abramverse as a setting.
If it's going to be a different sort of crew and new ship, then what does it matter, really? You're not going to be seeing Chris Pine or Zachary Quinto. At best, you'll get Enterprise and her crew mentioned in a conversation every now and then.

Eh, don't care. I stopped watching trek after the abortion that was Voyager and the total wasted oppurtunity that was enterprise. ST was a good film but Into Darkness was pretty crappy which even Benedict Cumberbatch as the villain couldn't save.

So unless this is gonna be super amazing and well written, pass.

Loethlin:
I'm 100% ok with Abramverse as a setting.
If it's going to be a different sort of crew and new ship, then what does it matter, really?

Because the Abrams universe is an abomination and must be cleansed! His destruction of our hallowed history cannot be countenanced. The very existence of Abrams's version of Trek cheapens us all, and I for one will not stand for it!

For real, the Abramsverse is doo-doo, through and through. With such a rich history to draw from, there is no excuse for using the flat, tasteless version we've had in the last 2 films.

Loethlin:

If it's going to be a different sort of crew and new ship, then what does it matter, really? You're not going to be seeing Chris Pine or Zachary Quinto. At best, you'll get Enterprise and her crew mentioned in a conversation every now and then.

That's not the issue, though. The issue is that Abram's reboot was just Star Wars with a glossy iPod veneer, wacky comic relief, and a fairly basic 'good vs evil' structure. Which was okay for the first film, I enjoyed it, as dumb as it was, but that veneer started to wear thin by Into Darkness.

Basically, it was less "philosophical drama, epic conflict, and exploring the unknown" and more "pew pew lasers, whiz-bang spaceships, and funny looking aliens". It was essentially sci-fi for kids. I.E. Star Wars.

It's a formula that works for < 2 hour films. Not so much for long, serialized mythos.

Now, if they only adopt the aesthetic of the new films but go with the narrative structure and story telling of the prior series, I can live with that. Otherwise....well....we already have Star Wars TV shows on the air. We don't need a show pretending to be another one.

Kenjitsuka:
"presumably within 2009's rebooted universe."

My thought process:
New Star Trek series? FFFFFF YES!!!!! Finally!
Rebooted universe? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

Seriously, I'd hate that SO much. :'(

Seriously, screw that. They need a Next Next Gen and they need a similar scale of time skip into the future. The tech of STNG is already mostly starting to look a little old by today's imaginative standards. The Borg were the most popular, and I think that's because they banked on something truly new to us, nanotech.

Don't you think you guys are being a bit hysterical about it? Isn't Kurzman the Trekkie of the group responsible for Abramverse? If that's true, I believe he wouldn't murder the show at all.

All I want is to see a new Trek series, really. If it has to be Abramverse, so be it. If it's crap, there's nothing that would convince me to keep watching, the same was I stopped watching Enterprise, which was crap, by the way, even if set in the Prime timeline. Do you want another ENT? I think not.

So far all I hear "but the movies were bad, booohooohoo" (and I mostly agree), and not one explanation of why the verse itself is bad. ST dealt with possibilities of alternative timelines since TOS, so I really don;t see a reason why a new series set in a different timeline would be so bad. JJ Abrams won't be involved in it, wrecking another franchise, so what's the problem with the verse? Especially since it doesn't just toss the original verse out the window. Both are valid, so it's not like you enjoying it would mean you can't like the original as well.

Loethlin:
Kurzman the Trekkie

He is known as Kurtzman the Horrible Scriptwriter (along with his Pal Orci) to me.

See exhibit A: Into Darkness.

That man doesn't bode well for this new series at all. He's a Damon Lindelof type.

MC1980:

Loethlin:
Kurzman the Trekkie

He is known as Kurtzman the Horrible Scriptwriter (along with his Pal Orci) to me.

See exhibit A: Into Darkness.

That man doesn't bode well for this new series at all. He's a Damon Lindelof type.

Oh I don't know, I think Berman and Braga were worse for Star Trek as a whole. But, Kurtzman didn't actually step on my tit so far, so maybe I'm not in the position to judge.

There was also that horrible ep Anne Rice wrote, by re-writing her shitty witch novel into 43 minutes of fanfiction, and the whole of s3 of TOS. The Troi space baby episode. The Quark eps in DS9. The list goes on. Star Trek is not perfect.

And I still don't know what's wrong with the verse, and not the movies.

Loethlin:

MC1980:

Loethlin:
Kurzman the Trekkie

He is known as Kurtzman the Horrible Scriptwriter (along with his Pal Orci) to me.

See exhibit A: Into Darkness.

That man doesn't bode well for this new series at all. He's a Damon Lindelof type.

Oh I don't know, I think Berman and Braga were worse for Star Trek as a whole. But, Kurtzman didn't actually step on my tit so far, so maybe I'm not in the position to judge.

There was also that horrible ep Anne Rice wrote, by re-writing her shitty witch novel into 43 minutes of fanfiction, and the whole of s3 of TOS. The Troi space baby episode. The Quark eps in DS9. The list goes on. Star Trek is not perfect.

And I still don't know what's wrong with the verse, and not the movies.

Hey, I'm not arguing the (horribly inconsistent) quality of the shows, lore or hack producers of days past. I'm just saying that Kurtzman is shit at his job.

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