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Is there hope for a new Star Trek TV show?

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 15th 2009 2:02PM
star trek bryan fuller logo... Bryan Fuller thinks so. The former Star Trek: Voyager producer and current Heroes scribe told Sci Fi Wire that he'd love to create a new Star Trek series.

"I think that a Star Trek TV series is probably a couple years away, just to let the feature franchise breathe," the Pushing Daisies creator said, adding that any new Trek series should take place in the universe seen in J.J. Abrams' new Star Trek movie.

Fuller said a new Trek series shouldn't focus on the Enterprise crew – he thinks the Federation flagship should stick to the big screen – but on a new ship with a new crew and "an entirely new adventure."

As much as I'd love to see Trek return to TV, I don't think now is the right time. Most of us are just getting used to the new Trek universe. I'd like to see at least two more Abrams films before a live-action TV spinoff hits the air.

I wouldn't mind seeing a new Star Trek animated series set on the new Enterprise, though. Or maybe it could follow Spock Prime as he works to rebuild Vulcan's culture and influence.

What do you think? Should Trek return to TV in any form?

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PaulH

I say run to pilots of the two version of Star Trek and see which the fans like!!

October 20 2012 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jason R

Greg your statement and viosion for the new startreak is amasing. One thing i would like to see is the Q working with the future humans. Was it not the q that said we have great potential. Lets see some human power not unlike the q. Beverly crushers sone in my eyes was oneof humanitys very unique individuals. So lets see our future power, with the Q teching us how to caltivate it. But instead of one vertuoso, lets have one half or 1/3 of the populatio with the power. Just like the valcans helped us with our worp adolessance. Mmm sorry for the bad spelling. Lol

July 11 2012 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Greg

To do a new series is simple.....Star Trek: The Third Generation. No more retelling or recreating any time lines, just move forward (after all isn't Star Trek about looking forward into the future and finding hope in even the most harsh of environments, to discover whats next to come and to boldly go where no one has gone before? Ummm you know, Gene Rodenberry's vision, or has everyone forgotten that?)

The new series should be based 80 to 100 years from the days of Captain Picard. It will be about a new Enterprise with new technology that allows the crew to travel farther than ever before (even way beyond the delta quadrant). with new aliens, new enemies, and even a return of some old enemies (I mean come on, we need the Borg and The Quantinuim as well as some new enemies, maybe even those more evil than the Borg and more powerful than any "Q").

Star Trek is not something that can ever be "over done" or "to worn out" to capture an audience and keep them begging for more. Star Trek is about looking at ourselves and seeing our human potential if we just only work together and believe in ourselves. Star Trek is freedom and comforting inspiration to us, the fans, and the would be future fans of a new, bright, intelligent, sci-fi series! Let us never ruin the true nature and the experience that is "Star Trek"!

July 21 2009 at 8:49 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John F.C. Taylor

I grew up watching the original series. However, I am not a purist who is horrified that the new film has changed so much of what we know. Besides, this gives us an excellent opportunity to do another TREK time travel film. The current incarnation of the TREK crew goes back in time to fix the whole thing so that Nero and the first new film never happened. Of course, woukd the old Spock still exist once things were fixed? One thing I'd like to see is other cast members make cameo appearances in future TREK films.

June 20 2009 at 8:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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GM

Even if they went back in time to when Nero meets the Kelvin, how are they going to stop him? Nero's ship took out a 47 unit Klingon Armada! While the Enterprise always seems to find a way, this new crew exists in a timeline too radically different to repair what Nero has done. They'd have to find a way into the timeline that cultivated the series, and make efforts to stop Nero from there, but one could argue that Spock, Nero and his ship, and Romulus are all meant to be completely eliminated from "our" timeline.

August 04 2011 at 3:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

I love Star Trek in pretty much all of its incarnations; but it's been done to death, and staying within the bounds of it's established cannon and formula is too limiting.
I think part of the yearning out there in the fan pool is not so much for Trek specifically, but just too have another weekly space-travel adventure show on the air. With the Syfy channel so consistently sucking, and Galactica gone, there's just no place for a Trekkie to turn for that starships and space adventures kick.
I'd absolutely love to see a brand new show that hybridizes Star Trek and Babylon 5. The zip and fun and adventure (and yes, sunny optimism) of Trek, mixed with the gritty realities of life in space that Trek was always missing. (What if we run out of air? water? fuel? food? What do we do with all these aliens that DON'T SPEAK ENGLISH or even look remotely human?)
Wouldn't it be a blast to have a show like that to get behind?

June 19 2009 at 9:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Zack

I'd love that actually...B5 and D29 are my to favorite sci-fi shows to date, and a combination of those two would be great. To get my interest though, it would have to be dark yet funny at the same time. And it would have to have strong actors, especially a good captain. God knows we don't want another Janeway.

June 26 2009 at 5:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
PORSCHE

I think the tv series should wait for the 2nd JJ movie to fix the timeline.

Spock might as well tell them now they have to go back to the 80s to get some whales then while they are there leave a vulcan message for when the vulcans stop by for the Zef Cochrane show. Warn them of the coming Romulan ship and how to destroy it.. and vow to never help the romulans thus preventing the ship from ever coming back in the 1st place.

June 16 2009 at 3:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hashbrown_Hunter

Also if networks here about an idea for a Star Trek show centered around the academy, they'll just turn it into "The O.C. In Space"

- Sex
- Drinking
- Underage Mishaps
- Stupid Melodrama
- Nothing at all interesting or different from real life except for an alien here or there.

June 16 2009 at 3:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Big John

I don't have a pilot pitch like everyone who has commented before me in this thread. I have ideas, who doesn't for this narrative?

What I will say to Bryan Fuller is this: License the franchise from Paramount, and launch it first on the web. Distribution costs are minimal and it lets you try a couple different storylines out. Announce them as 9 episode mini-series (ala Dr. Horrible) and work out some material.

You stay on as showrunner, bring Abrams on as an extra EP if you must (and I imagine Paramount would like this).

For financing, you can get Hulu as a partner and exclusive distributor, or iTunes (whoever comes with the better deal). Work out 3-4 9 episode arcs and see what works and develop the best of the lot. Work on characters and storylines, don't concentrate so much on effects right out of the gate.

Use virtual sets (cost effective) and existing set pieces from whatever the next movie is. Remember, to launch big and keep an audience you need buzz - you don't need the old guard of Star Trek fans - you need new fans who are passionate for the content. The base will come around.

Lastly, bring me on as a writer.

June 16 2009 at 1:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mario

well, first and foremost, a tv show has to meet requirements. It can't squander all the new faces the movie will bring to the tv show.

1. No technogeekery made up nonsense. warp factor fine. use engine, not warp core. use fuel, not dilithium crystals.

2. No more holodeck. no more replicators. have real food. no more alien cosmetics.

3. cut costs so that it doesnt have such a high standard to hit and it can actually last longer.

You have to do Enterprise because that's what ppl know. But you need freedom to do your own stories, but contradicting abrams' movie will be a Big No.

So here's what you do:
1. Lots of dirt and blood.
2. Recast everyone on it. From Jim Kirk to Sulu, no need for Chekov. Add in an extra girl so that Kirk can sexually tense something. Shade their faces.
3. Now make everyone an Admiral. And age them 60 years. They all have their ships. The first episode is Twilight of the Federation.
Spend money here cuz everyone is gonna die.

Spock is the only one that survives because he's the only one at starfleet academy. He takes the grandkids of kirk, his own daughter, etc and escapes into an alternative timeline.

They come back with a really powerful spaceship and lots of training. They stole it from Spock who forbade them from coming back.

They launch a rebellion. Overarching goal is to rescue their parents. some wnat to stay and fight the bad guys, others want to rescue their dads/moms and go back to their alternate home. And story goes from there.

Star Trek: Federation's End. tada.
you get linkage to the movie, without contradicting it. make your own universe. have less pricy space battles because it's a timeship, not a warship, it can only cloak. Away missions aren't to explore new expensive cultures but to go to earth and find out what prison their parents are in and break them out.

cheap, dramatic, effective, ratings.

June 15 2009 at 11:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Eric H

Yes ratings, in the .5 range.

June 16 2009 at 9:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
SteveO

I was never a big fan of TOS, but I love all 11 feature films - yes, even The Final Frontier - as well as DS9.

As hessian comments, quality declined from there, but I still enjoy reruns of Voyager and Enterprise.

IMHO, the single biggest problem with Start Trek in general, is that there's a general up-beat undertone to just about everything. Sure, the Borg are nasty - at least, before Janeway started duping them on a weekly basis - to say nothing of Kilingons, the Dominion, and other dark moments, but almost everything ends on a happy note.

For Trek to survive on TV, it has to evolve. Characters need to come and go, and in as spectacular a fashion as possible. Storylines need to paint the darker side of the Federation and its allies/enemies - Section 31 was a good start. This darkness will add tension and give ample opportunities for cliffhangers, which more often than not retain viewership between episodes, if I remember my entertainment statistics correctly.

And, as much as I hate to admit it, whoever produces a new TV Trek will have to ensure that less of the focus is on the technology and more on character development, in order to reach a broader audience, as the recent JJ Abrams flick has shown.

The geek in me wants more tech and more starship battles, but I would gladly trade a decent chunk of that for quality stories, good acting, and another [good] 7 years of Trek on TV.

June 15 2009 at 5:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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