STAR TREK Returning to TV?

Cover to IDW's comic adaptation of Star Trek.
Credit: IDW Publishing

Although Star Trek is best known these days as a film franchise, could a return to its first medium – television – be in the works? Could be.

Sky News reporter Joe Michalczuk tweeted on October 8 that during a press junket for the film Ender’s Game, Star Trek co-writer/producer Robert Orci told him that the franchise’s producers had met with CBS to do a new Star Trek television series. Neither Michalczuk or Sky News have published a formal article elaborating on this and Orci hasn’t made any public comment on his own, so this second-hand statement can be seen as a potential, but unconfirmed report.

This statement, however, is at odds with an interview J.J. Abrams had in September with Crave Online in which the director said CBS informed him they were uninterested in a Star Trek television series. Last year, X-Mendirector Bryan Singer and Pushing Daises creator Bryan Fuller were reportedly discussing the possibility of launching a television series set in the Star Trek universe.

Whatever the truth may be, the possibility of a film franchise having a television series running concurrently was proven possible - and possibly even successful - with the launch of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series, which used the success of the larger film franchise to buoy it's television success. Also, Star Trek did something similar in the late 1990s and early 2000s when the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast segued from television to movies while the franchise’s television front was maintained with Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise.

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