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Seth MacFarlane talks bringing Star Trek back to TV

10.14.2011

The STAR TREK movie was a rare reboot success, and the sequel is on the horizon and slowly coming together. But what of the format where the series started? Will Star Trek ever return to TV? An unlikely source is talking about that possibility.

“I don’t know who would give me the keys to that car,” he jokes, acknowledging that the films have been so profitable for Paramount that he isn’t so sure they have a lot of interest in getting back into the TV business. “But I’d love to see that franchise revived for television in the way that it was in the 1990s: very thoughtful, smartly written stories that transcend the science fiction audience.”

Yes, that’s Family Guy’s Seth MacFarlane saying that he’d love to be the one to get a Star Trek TV series going again. Whether that means writing, directing, producing or uh, starring, I’m not sure, but it’s an interesting thought to say the least. He’s definitely an animation man, but is getting into live action with the upcoming comedy TED. But that’s still a long way from running a sci-fi TV show of a beloved franchise.

Do you think that MacFarlane could craft a good Star Trek show? Do you think that it should come back to TV at all, or should they just keep going with a good thing in theaters?

Extra Tidbit: I'd be all for another attempt at a series, but I'm not sure MacFarlane is the right pick to helm it.
Source: THR

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1:51PM on 03/28/2012

worst TV idea yet

Seth Macfarlane over Bryan Singer? You've gotta be mad to say yes to that.
Seth Macfarlane over Bryan Singer? You've gotta be mad to say yes to that.
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2:44AM on 10/15/2011
Couldn't say if MacFarlane is the right guy for the job, but at least someone is suggesting bringing back Star Trek. I think it needs to be an ongoing tv series to stay culturally relevant. JJ's movie was cool and I have high hopes for the sequel, but a new Trek series would be able to reinvigorate that universe in so much more detail.
Couldn't say if MacFarlane is the right guy for the job, but at least someone is suggesting bringing back Star Trek. I think it needs to be an ongoing tv series to stay culturally relevant. JJ's movie was cool and I have high hopes for the sequel, but a new Trek series would be able to reinvigorate that universe in so much more detail.
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2:08AM on 10/15/2011

I Like This

Seth is clearly an intelligent man, regardless of the fact that his cartoons have joke for the lowest common denominator. I've sen him in many interviews and he was great in the Charlie Sheen roast. He's also a huge Star Trek fan. There is no way he would turn it into anything less then what a Star Trek fan wants. It'll never happen, unless he gets some live action credits under his belt, but if it does I think he'll do the franchise justice.
Seth is clearly an intelligent man, regardless of the fact that his cartoons have joke for the lowest common denominator. I've sen him in many interviews and he was great in the Charlie Sheen roast. He's also a huge Star Trek fan. There is no way he would turn it into anything less then what a Star Trek fan wants. It'll never happen, unless he gets some live action credits under his belt, but if it does I think he'll do the franchise justice.
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12:50AM on 10/15/2011

Keep MacFarlane isnt the answer for this

Why the heck would Seth McFarlane be attached to a Star Trek project? Nothing wrong with helping pushed for a new series, but I dont think giving him some creative powers is the answer.
Why the heck would Seth McFarlane be attached to a Star Trek project? Nothing wrong with helping pushed for a new series, but I dont think giving him some creative powers is the answer.
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6:26PM on 10/14/2011
i want keifer sutherland to be the captain of something in the star trek universe.
i want keifer sutherland to be the captain of something in the star trek universe.
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6:26PM on 10/14/2011

don't give him the keys

or it'll be something like this "hey Spock remember that time..."

flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback flashback
or it'll be something like this "hey Spock remember that time..."

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=P

but hell, why not, bring er back!
are they talkin new cast/characters or remake though? Would love to see a new set of characters...
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5:17PM on 10/14/2011
"May the Force be with you, always." - Spock
"May the Force be with you, always." - Spock
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5:00PM on 10/14/2011

If not live-action,

perhaps an animated series. Bringing in some of the tv shows actors back or creating new characters from scratch
perhaps an animated series. Bringing in some of the tv shows actors back or creating new characters from scratch
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4:34PM on 10/14/2011

CAST HOT LOOKING WOMEN

this time around!
this time around!
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3:18PM on 10/14/2011

The Flinstones?

What ever happened to his idea to bring The Flinstones back? I guess that didn't pan out since he's interested in doing this?
What ever happened to his idea to bring The Flinstones back? I guess that didn't pan out since he's interested in doing this?
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2:22PM on 10/14/2011
I'd like to think that he could do a good job. I am probably willing to let him try. However, I don't believe it is the right time. Let Abrams do what he does. When he decides hes done, maybe.
I'd like to think that he could do a good job. I am probably willing to let him try. However, I don't believe it is the right time. Let Abrams do what he does. When he decides hes done, maybe.
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2:17PM on 10/14/2011
Even though his cartoons are very far from serious TV shows, he has proven time and again that he seriously understands what it is that people love about these shows and that is something that can only from someone with a passion for the subject. You can't do a good Star Wars or Star Trek parody without being a true fan. So I think in a way, he may be very good for Star Trek. The biggest problem with the last two series was that they were really really stale in terms of stories and
Even though his cartoons are very far from serious TV shows, he has proven time and again that he seriously understands what it is that people love about these shows and that is something that can only from someone with a passion for the subject. You can't do a good Star Wars or Star Trek parody without being a true fan. So I think in a way, he may be very good for Star Trek. The biggest problem with the last two series was that they were really really stale in terms of stories and characters. He would be guaranteed to inject some life (and sex and humour) into them.
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2:14PM on 10/14/2011

Next Generation aged really well.

I catch it now and again and am always in awe at how well it's aged. 20-something years in, and it stands out as one of the best all around sci-shows ever.
I catch it now and again and am always in awe at how well it's aged. 20-something years in, and it stands out as one of the best all around sci-shows ever.
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1:52PM on 10/14/2011

its funny

While i'll be the frist to agree that thus far the only things McFarlane has done was are comedies that are animated (and even that is debatable) but that doesn't mean that man's vision stops there.
I mean just look at the Star Wars movies they did. Were they full of flash backs and jokes that came out of no where? No. Mind you that is not what i'd like to see a Star Trek program turn out as but that doesn't mean if he had a hand in it it's going to be 'Family guy in space' or something. Or
While i'll be the frist to agree that thus far the only things McFarlane has done was are comedies that are animated (and even that is debatable) but that doesn't mean that man's vision stops there.
I mean just look at the Star Wars movies they did. Were they full of flash backs and jokes that came out of no where? No. Mind you that is not what i'd like to see a Star Trek program turn out as but that doesn't mean if he had a hand in it it's going to be 'Family guy in space' or something. Or at least i would hope, heh.
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1:20PM on 10/14/2011
Seth also had a small recurring role on Star Trek Enterprise so he knows what not to do to fuck up the franchise even more
Seth also had a small recurring role on Star Trek Enterprise so he knows what not to do to fuck up the franchise even more
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12:37PM on 10/14/2011
I can't tell if the people below me are just trying to be idiots or actually are, because anybody who thinks he's making a "Family Guy Star Trek" is out of their mind. He has a clear passion for Star Trek and wouldn't be directing or anything. He would probably be producing and hopping on board for some writing credits.. relax. Nothing is even set in stone yet.

But who wouldn't want Star Trek back on TV?
I can't tell if the people below me are just trying to be idiots or actually are, because anybody who thinks he's making a "Family Guy Star Trek" is out of their mind. He has a clear passion for Star Trek and wouldn't be directing or anything. He would probably be producing and hopping on board for some writing credits.. relax. Nothing is even set in stone yet.

But who wouldn't want Star Trek back on TV?
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1:10PM on 10/14/2011
Agreed....on both paragraphs.
Agreed....on both paragraphs.
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12:24PM on 10/14/2011
Oh no keep that idiot away from star trek! I don't need to see flashbacks to kirk and spock as kids every 5 mins. Is it me or do Seth MacFarlane have the kind of face you just would love to punch? He looks like that one smart ass kid we all went to school with.
Oh no keep that idiot away from star trek! I don't need to see flashbacks to kirk and spock as kids every 5 mins. Is it me or do Seth MacFarlane have the kind of face you just would love to punch? He looks like that one smart ass kid we all went to school with.
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12:31PM on 10/14/2011
I was that smart ass kid =)
I was that smart ass kid =)
1:12PM on 10/14/2011
It's better to be a smart ass, than a dumb ass....Just sayin'
It's better to be a smart ass, than a dumb ass....Just sayin'
12:21PM on 10/14/2011

Light...growing dimmer..Can't breathe..Beam me up, GOD.

J.J.'s 2009 reboot was the Tits! Loved it. And I figure he'd probably be alot of people's #1 pick to start a new show. Seth's take would be very interesting to say the least. But my personal pick for the person that I'd LOVE to try his hand @ a new "Trek" series: Duncan Jones. (Moon, Source Code)
J.J.'s 2009 reboot was the Tits! Loved it. And I figure he'd probably be alot of people's #1 pick to start a new show. Seth's take would be very interesting to say the least. But my personal pick for the person that I'd LOVE to try his hand @ a new "Trek" series: Duncan Jones. (Moon, Source Code)
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12:17PM on 10/14/2011
The dude is a super geek, and the geek filmmakers (tv makers?) who love the source material do the best stuff
The dude is a super geek, and the geek filmmakers (tv makers?) who love the source material do the best stuff
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12:14PM on 10/14/2011
Star Trek with puke and fart jokes...no thanks.
Star Trek with puke and fart jokes...no thanks.
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2:08PM on 10/14/2011
I really hate it when shallow minded people say stupid shit. The guy is a ST fan. Do you really think he's going to turn it into Family Guy in Space?!

That's like saying if Stephen King did Star Trek, he'd have it take place in New England.
I really hate it when shallow minded people say stupid shit. The guy is a ST fan. Do you really think he's going to turn it into Family Guy in Space?!

That's like saying if Stephen King did Star Trek, he'd have it take place in New England.
12:09PM on 10/14/2011
You forget MacFarlane had a cameo in Star Trek Nemesis (bad film, but still...) and has Patrick Stewart regularly on American Dad. The man clearly has a passion for Star Trek and I would trust him to do it right and not go down the same road that his animated shows are on.....though American Dad is clever, quality entertainment.
You forget MacFarlane had a cameo in Star Trek Nemesis (bad film, but still...) and has Patrick Stewart regularly on American Dad. The man clearly has a passion for Star Trek and I would trust him to do it right and not go down the same road that his animated shows are on.....though American Dad is clever, quality entertainment.
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12:05PM on 10/14/2011
Considering Berman & Braga ran it into the ground, the bar is set low enough for pretty much anyone to exceed expectations. Give him a shot.
Considering Berman & Braga ran it into the ground, the bar is set low enough for pretty much anyone to exceed expectations. Give him a shot.
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11:57AM on 10/14/2011
Only if the new starship is captained by a baby who is hellbent on galactic domination.
Only if the new starship is captained by a baby who is hellbent on galactic domination.
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