Star Trek is coming back to the small screen! CBS has picked up the new series for its digital and VOD platform CBS All Access. Producer Alex Kurtzman, who produced the Star Trek feature film series and co-wrote Star Trek Into Darkness, is developing the new series. Currently, there is a search underway for a writer (or surely writers) for the series.
According to Hollywood Reporter, the series “will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilization, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise.” There is no news yet which continuity—Abrams or Roddenberry’s—the series will be set in, nor at what time during the Federation’s development. It could be early Federation as with Enterprise or (better), later and with more developments and allies as with Deep Space Nine
In any case, it is exciting news for fans. The small screen offers a greater chance for character and universe development than any movie, no matter how well done. Too, recent advances in both CGI and practical effects promise a much more varied universe than the original series could offer. Hopefully, this also means more non-humanoid aliens, like, perhaps, the Horta. Maybe, like the Horta Diane Duane introduced in her Star Trek novels, some of these aliens could be on the crew. I admit, I am also thinking of Farscape and its varied crew, which offered aliens more alien than the Klingons and Romulans put together.
The new series is scheduled to premiere on CBS in January 2017. After the premiere, all episodes will air on CBS All Access.
(via Hollywood Reporter)