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Fans have been skeptical of CBS’ new ‘Star Trek’ TV series which will only be available on the new pay-to-stream service CBS All Access.  Some have complained about having to shell out a monthly fee to view this series instead of the network simply airing it on regular commercial television.  (Of course , CBS All Access offers over 7,500 episodes of various TV shows including many not available on other services, not just ‘Star Trek’.)

But here is some news that may entice you, the director and co-writer of ‘Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan’, Nicholas Meyer has been tapped to contribute to the new series.

In a statement, showrunner Bryan Fuller announced:

“Nicholas Meyer chased Kirk and Khan ‘round the Mutara Nebula and ‘round Genesis’ flames, he saved the whales with the Enterprise and its crew, and waged war and peace between Klingons and the Federation.  We are thrilled to announce that one of ‘Star Trek’’s greatest storytellers will be boldly returning as Nicholas Meyer beams aboard the new ‘Trek’ writing staff.”

In addition to helming 1982’s ‘The Wrath of Khan’– widely considered the best of the Trek movies– Meyer also co-wrote and directed 1991’s ‘Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country’.  Though he didn’t direct, Meyer also co-wrote the screenplay for ‘Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home’ (1986).

Not much is known about the new ‘Star Trek’ TV show, not even its actual name.  But presumably, it will in some way build on the continuity of the current movie series, which deviates from “classic Trek” (everything up to that point).

But perhaps bringing in a writer who penned the classic movies could help retain the sensibility of the older stories, something that critics have complained has been missing in the more action-oriented new movies.

Perhaps this summer’s ‘Star Trek Beyond’ will offer some idea of what a potential new show could focus on.

The new ‘Star Trek’ show premieres in January 2017 on CBS before moving exclusively to CBS All Access.

‘Star Trek Beyond’ directed by Justin Lin and starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoë Saldana, Simon Pegg, Karl Urban, Anton Yelchin and John Cho plus Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella opens in theaters on July 22, 2016.

Does Meyer’s inclusion make you more anxious to see this new show?

Source: Entertainment Weekly