Fans have been hesitant to embrace the idea of CBS’ new ‘Star Trek’ TV series which will only be available on the network’s new streaming service CBS All Access. The fact that it was exclusive to a for-pay service was a big hurdle. The other major turn off for many was the assumption that the new show would be part of the ongoing ‘Star Trek’ movie series, which was a hard “parallel universe” reboot, which seemingly negates/ignores the established mythology which began with the classic original series and carried on through four additional series, plus ten theatrical movies.
The latest rumor seems to indicate that the new show will not be set in the new film continuity, but the classic continuity. Beyond that, it is also said that chronologically, it takes place after the movie ‘The Undiscovered Country’ and before ‘The Next Generation’. Finally, the latest word is that the show will be an anthology, like ‘American Horror Story’ which will feature all-new stories each season, allowing creators to explore various aspects of ‘Star Trek’ mythology. These are unconfirmed RUMORS at this point, so take this information with a grain of salt.
What we know for certain, is that the new show is being created by Bryan Fuller (‘Hannibal’, ‘Pushing Daisies’) who also acts as showrunner. Alex Kurtzman who co-wrote ‘Star Trek’ and ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ will serve as an executive producer, along with Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. Nicholas Meyer, director of ‘The Wrath of Khan’ and ‘The Undiscovered Country’ and co-writer of ‘The Voyage Home’ is on board as a writer of the new series.
CBS describes the new show, saying:
The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters 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.
Does setting the show in classic continuity make you more (or less) interested in checking it out? How do you feel about an anthology series?
The new show, which remains untitled, debuts in January. The first episode will air on regular TV before the series shifts to All-Access.
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