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Rumor: CBS and Bryan Singer once again working on a new Star Trek TV series

03.27.2015

STAR TREK has always been a television series that became a big screen franchise. Unlike STAR WARS, STAR TREK functioned primarily as a vehicle for episodic storytelling each and every week. The movies have been hit or miss with the new J.J. Abrams series showing it is still a viable property for Paramount. But, STAR TREK will always have a home on television. With that in mind, it has been a decade since there has been a STAR TREK series but that could be about to change.

Latino Review cites sources that say CBS, the original home of the 1966 flagship series, is working on a new STAR TREK that could potentially involve Bryan Singer as director and/or producer. Singer worked with Christopher McQuarrie and Robert Burnett on the proposed STAR TREK: FEDERATION series that was shelved in favor of J.J. Abrams' movie vision. Now, in anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Gene Roddenberry's creation, we may see that show back in development.

Here's the synopsis for STAR TREK: FEDERATION, courtesy of Memory Alpha.

Humanity has become complacent, and many worlds have left the Federation because of its Human-centric nature. Starfleet is stretched thin and many of its ships are outdated. A new enemy called the Scourge attack and destroy the USS Sojourner and two colony worlds. The only survivor is Lieutenant Commander Alexander Kirk. The authorities refuse to believe his story, which cause Vulcan, Bajor, and Betazed to leave in disgust at the corruption of the UFP, leaving it with only twenty systems under its control. The Ferengi become the dominant power in the galaxy, and make money by spreading the Bajoran religion and making Bajor into a major place of pilgrimage. The Vulcans reunify with the Romulans. The Cardassian and Klingon societies have evolved into more mystical and less warlike cultures, though the Klingon Empire is expanding once more (but they are still on good terms with the Federation). Admiral Nelscott commissions a new USS Enterprise to return the Federation to its goal of going boldly, but with the ulterior objective of finding the Scourge. After its captain and first officer are killed, Commander Kirk (third-in-command) is promoted to captain of a crew of four hundred.

While there is no concrete announcement that Singer or McQuarrie are still involved since they both have their hands full with the X-MEN and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE franchises, respectively, the fact that McQuarrie is working on a Bad Robot production shows there could be an amicable relationship between J,J. Abrams and Paramount in making this happen. The new STAR TREK series does not have to impact the big screen universe rebooted recently but it definitely could enhance it if the show is developed properly.

From my perspective, more TREK is good and if Bryan Singer is involved, I am all for it. So, there is a good chance we could have one hell of an anniversary celebrating STAR TREK in 2016.

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Source: Latino Review

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9:42PM on 03/28/2015
Not necessarily THAT idea, but I Star Trek belongs on TV.

I don't really mind if the tv series is set in the nuTrek verse or the original timeline... Just get it back on our screens!

Tbh I'd quite like something set after Nemesis - I wonder how Michael Dorn's getting on with that Captain Worf series?
Not necessarily THAT idea, but I Star Trek belongs on TV.

I don't really mind if the tv series is set in the nuTrek verse or the original timeline... Just get it back on our screens!

Tbh I'd quite like something set after Nemesis - I wonder how Michael Dorn's getting on with that Captain Worf series?
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4:04PM on 03/28/2015

Two Things

1. Just for accuracy, the original home of Star Trek was NBC, not CBS.

2. I was all for this idea when it came up before and I'd love to see it happen. Empires do go corrupt, weaken, and usually fail. I'd love to see the Federation avoid this fate and how this crew and its mission would bring it back from the brink.
1. Just for accuracy, the original home of Star Trek was NBC, not CBS.

2. I was all for this idea when it came up before and I'd love to see it happen. Empires do go corrupt, weaken, and usually fail. I'd love to see the Federation avoid this fate and how this crew and its mission would bring it back from the brink.
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3:14PM on 03/28/2015

It's Time For Another Television Trek To The Stars

Bring Star Trek back to the small screen where it all began. As much as I enjoy the feature films, I'd much rather get another weekly dose of Star Trek while some of the writers for both the original and next generation series' are still able and willing to contribute. This is important because as the various Roddenberry-less series took over, like Voyager, Star Trek lost its creative bite and became almost a parody of itself. Star Trek nearly died because of poor leadership at Paramount and
Bring Star Trek back to the small screen where it all began. As much as I enjoy the feature films, I'd much rather get another weekly dose of Star Trek while some of the writers for both the original and next generation series' are still able and willing to contribute. This is important because as the various Roddenberry-less series took over, like Voyager, Star Trek lost its creative bite and became almost a parody of itself. Star Trek nearly died because of poor leadership at Paramount and a severe drop in quality in the writer's room. Star Trek has always been as much about exploration of the human condition as it has about exploring deep space. The time is ripe for a new Star Trek TV series but only if the producers and writers respect the foundation set by Gene Roddenberry and his literary peers.
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10:15PM on 03/27/2015

This concept is weak...

Although I desperately want a new Trek in the prime timeline (set after Voyager), I do not see Ferengi as dominant, nor the Romulans and Vulcans reuniting.... just don't see it.
Although I desperately want a new Trek in the prime timeline (set after Voyager), I do not see Ferengi as dominant, nor the Romulans and Vulcans reuniting.... just don't see it.
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9:06PM on 03/27/2015
I always thought this pitch sounded pretty cool, but I'm just not sure how it would hold up.
I always thought this pitch sounded pretty cool, but I'm just not sure how it would hold up.
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8:59PM on 03/27/2015
Although I like the concept of the show (empires shift and change), not too keen on Singer anymore. He's turned into a hack lately (and The Usual Suspects is in my top five favorites).
Although I like the concept of the show (empires shift and change), not too keen on Singer anymore. He's turned into a hack lately (and The Usual Suspects is in my top five favorites).
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8:00PM on 03/27/2015
Seems they're going back to Robert Hewitt Wolfe's plan (which was later made as Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, which itself was a cross between Star Trek and Genesis II).
Seems they're going back to Robert Hewitt Wolfe's plan (which was later made as Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, which itself was a cross between Star Trek and Genesis II).
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7:37PM on 03/27/2015
According to the crew at Star Trek Renegades, this is not a new rumor.
According to the crew at Star Trek Renegades, this is not a new rumor.
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5:59PM on 03/27/2015
con-vo-luted
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5:26PM on 03/27/2015
"The Ferengi become the dominant power in the galaxy." Wait. You were serious?! I thought your were joking! I even wrote it in my diary, "JoBlo told a very funny joke today!"
"The Ferengi become the dominant power in the galaxy." Wait. You were serious?! I thought your were joking! I even wrote it in my diary, "JoBlo told a very funny joke today!"
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4:54PM on 03/27/2015
That sounds like a great Star Trek Series. I found that the franchise (on TV) lost it's appeal about half way through Voyager's run on television. Enterprise was ok, but I never found that the series required to go back to the roots of the federation. Star Trek OT defined everything we knew about the franchise, we just didn't need anything to pre-date that series. But taking a new series and pushing it even further into the future sounds like a great idea!
That sounds like a great Star Trek Series. I found that the franchise (on TV) lost it's appeal about half way through Voyager's run on television. Enterprise was ok, but I never found that the series required to go back to the roots of the federation. Star Trek OT defined everything we knew about the franchise, we just didn't need anything to pre-date that series. But taking a new series and pushing it even further into the future sounds like a great idea!
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4:47PM on 03/27/2015
Wonder how many creative minds it took in a room to come up with this gem....
Wonder how many creative minds it took in a room to come up with this gem....
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4:28PM on 03/27/2015

Bryan Fuller

I would be more interested in this news if Bryan Fuller was involved instead of Bryan Singer. Fuller has past experience in the Star Trek universe and is an incredibly talented producer and writer (see his latest, Hannibal, as proof of what he can do with adapted characters and Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me as a demonstration of his original ideas). Singer has not demonstrated his value to the Star Trek franchise, that I know.
I would be more interested in this news if Bryan Fuller was involved instead of Bryan Singer. Fuller has past experience in the Star Trek universe and is an incredibly talented producer and writer (see his latest, Hannibal, as proof of what he can do with adapted characters and Pushing Daisies and Dead Like Me as a demonstration of his original ideas). Singer has not demonstrated his value to the Star Trek franchise, that I know.
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4:23PM on 03/27/2015
Wait, so the Ferengi are the dominant power in the galaxy, the Vulcans and Romulans are at peace, and the Klingons are no longer warlike? Is this an early April Fool's joke or something?
Wait, so the Ferengi are the dominant power in the galaxy, the Vulcans and Romulans are at peace, and the Klingons are no longer warlike? Is this an early April Fool's joke or something?
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3:21PM on 03/27/2015
"The new STAR TREK series does not have to impact the big screen universe rebooted recently but it definitely could enhance it if the show is developed properly."

So it would be like what Marvel is doing with their films along with Agents of Shield?
"The new STAR TREK series does not have to impact the big screen universe rebooted recently but it definitely could enhance it if the show is developed properly."

So it would be like what Marvel is doing with their films along with Agents of Shield?
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4:38PM on 03/27/2015
probably not as this seems to take place in the prime timeline
probably not as this seems to take place in the prime timeline
9:18PM on 03/27/2015
You're probably right.
You're probably right.
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