It’s old news to true Star Trek fans, but 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the franchise, and Paramount & CBS, co-owners of the property in it’s various televised and film forms, are doing everything they can to keep Trek as fresh and relevant to audiences as possible. We’ve got a new film, ‘Star Trek Beyond,’ hitting theaters next month; it’s the third entry into the “alternate timeline” universe first helmed by JJ Abrams back in 2009. In addition, work has begun in earnest on a new TV series for the franchise. It is as-of-yet untitled, but it is slowly garnering a Trek-centric all-star behind-the-scenes cast, and that group has recently been made larger with the addition of a few writers from the franchise’s former series.
Reports have come in that the series has added Joe Menosky to the writer’s group. Long-time Trek fans will likely recognize Menosky’s name from his time writing for ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation,’ ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,’ and ‘Star Trek: Voyager.’ He is the writer behind such classic episodes as “Time’s Arrow, Parts 1 and 2” (TNG), “Darmok” (TNG), “Time’s Orphan” (DS9), “Future’s End, Parts 1 and 2” (VOY), and “Equinox, Parts 1 and 2” (VOY), among several others. All told, Menosky had a had in the writing duties for over 50 episodes of the three series, including serving as the Executive Story Editor for Season 4 of TNG.
Menosky is not the only new writer brought in with prior Trek experience: ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ novelist Kristen Beyer, who has written ten books for the VOY series, has come on board the new TV series as well.
Menosky and Beyer join the ranks of well-known names currently working on the show. Producers for the series include Bryan Fuller, Alex Kurtzman, and ‘Star Trek’ creator Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod. ‘Star Trek’ classic film vet Nicholas Meyer is also on board as a producer and script supervisor.
The new ‘Star Trek’ series is expected to launch in early 2017; it’s debut is currently rumored to happen on CBS before moving exclusively to CBS All Access, the company’s online streaming service.
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