But CBS has announced that it’s bring back Star Trek with the first new Trek series in a decade. Yeah, that’s even better. The new series will be produced by Alex Kurtzman, one of the minds behind the 2009 reboot. According to CBS, the show will not be related to JJ Abrams reboot of the franchise. One can only hope Star Trek will return to the “prime” universe of Shatner’s Kirk, along with Picard, Sisko, and the crew of the Voyager.
There have been suggestions of rebooting the original series for television. Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Starscynski suggested a series where every other episode would be a remake of the original show with new stories inserted between them. Paramount, the studio that owns Star Trek, took a pass.
No word yet on the premise of the series, when it will take place, or who will be involved. But Star Trek has always boldly gone where the audiences are. When Next Generation and Deep Space Nine debuted, the shows went into syndication. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, when studios figured out that Fox was not a fluke and started their own networks, we had Voyager and Enterprise on UPN (which later became part of the CW.) The new Trek will be no different. As series on Netflix and Amazon Prime take their places alongside shows on HBO and the traditional broadcast networks, the new show will be available on CBS’s streaming service.
The show will debut in January, 2017, not long after Star Trek’s 50th anniversary.