Posted on Friday, October 11th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
The true home of Star Trek has always been television, and among the hardcore fanbase there’s always been hope that the show could end up back on the small screen. The two JJ Abrams movies have launched the property back into popular consciousness, but with television becoming dominant as the delivery medium of choice for stories told with the moving image, it seems like an easy decision to put Trek back on the tube. (Well, there are no tubes any longer, but…eh. Dammit.)
Will it happen? Hard to say. Abrams downplayed the idea pretty severely not long ago. But Bob Orci, who has been a writer and producer on the two Abrams films in addition to having his hands in many other pop-culture properties, told a reporter that he’s had a meeting with CBS about new Trek TV.
Here’s the info, via Bleeding Cool:
Bob Orci just told me they've had a meeting with CBS to revive @StarTrek on TV…This made me v excited
— Joe Michalczuk – Sky (@joemichalczuk) October 8, 2013
Problem is, we don’t know when this happened. When asked about a new TV show J.J. Abrams said just a week or two ago, “What I’ve been told from the powers that be [at CBS] is that they’re not interested.” We’re trying to clarify the timeline, to get a sense of whether CBS is starting to look at the idea differently. A show that parallels the new films, in a manner similar to the way Agents of SHIELD relates to the Marvel movie universe, seems like something audiences would like.
This is only the most recent talk of new Trek for TV. It wasn’t long ago that we heard Bryan Fuller and Bryan Singer were interested in making a new televised Trek, and a few years back there was even talk of a new animated show. Those didn’t come to fruition, and frankly, despite the appeal of the idea, it wouldn’t be surprising to find that Trek is going to stay away from TV for a while longer.