CBS Not Interested In Doing New ‘Star Trek’ TV Series

Jonathon Frakes says there are no plans for new 'Star Trek' TV series

On May 13th this year. It will have been ten years since the final episode of ‘Star Trek Enterprise’ aired on the old UPN Network, which begs the question of when we will ever see a new ‘Star Trek’ TV show on the tube.

Apparently the answer at present is never.

During a recent convention appearance at Fan Expo Regina, Jonathan Frakes, who played Commander William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation, was asked about the possibility of a new Star Trek television series.

The actor/director responded by saying that he’d pitched a ‘Star Trek’ television show to CBS who know own the TV rights and was turned down.

The CBS suits do not have an interest in producing any new ‘Star Trek’ for television because they feel the brand was diluted during the 1990s and early 2000’s.

With the success of Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness, he said CBS wants to keep the property as focused and concentrated as possible.

If CBS were to do a new TV series of ‘Star Trek’ I’m not sure how it would go down or what it would look like. I personally think a new ‘Star Trek’ show would potentially be better done by Netflix or even Amazon at this point.

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
4 Comments on this post.
  • A STAR TREK series (@1701StarTrek)
    30 April 2015 at 6:23 pm -

    Maybe CBS didn’t like his pitch.
    They’d be missing out on a billion dollar opportunity not having Star Trek in 2016.

    • Ian Cullen
      30 April 2015 at 9:34 pm -

      Maybe.

      I’m wondering if his pitch was involving Captain Riker. If so its hardly surprising that they didn’t go for it. Frakes is a fairly confidant actor. Much better director. But he is not someone that I would consider strong enough to headline a TV show.

  • Joe Fiore
    1 May 2015 at 10:06 am -

    Here’s the breakdown: CBS doesn’t want to do Star Trek. Paramount does. Paramount controls Trek on the big screen (hence the fact that movies ARE getting made). CBS controls the TV rights. CBS has no interest.

    Were the TV rights to be returned to Paramount, I have no doubt that Paramount would begin development on a new series.

    I think that’s why Paramount recently announced plans for a Galaxy Quest series. I think they know that fans want Trek back on TV. Since they can’t do Star Trek on TV, I think they are developing the next best thing as a stand in.

    • Ian Cullen
      1 May 2015 at 9:35 pm -

      Joe,

      I think you are more than likely right. But lets face it. As fun as Galaxy Quest is. Like yourself I still watch it now and again. It isn’t really ‘Star Trek’.

      I personally think that if CBS have no interest. They should do what Marvel did with Spider-man before they started to make there own films. Lease the rights to a production company that can make the series and will make the series. The fan interest is there and CBS are crazy not to be making a new Trek series. The TV market is no longer saturated with new Star Trek. Its been ten years. Its time for some new weekly trek where the focus can be more character and story driven than the movies.

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