CBS Television announced today that a new Star Trek TV show will premier in January of 2017, one year after the franchises 50th anniversary. According to Star Trek.com the series will
“The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.”
The show will be produced by Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci, the veteran produces behind Scorpion, Limitless and Hawaii Five-0, on paper this is a great team to have on board for the new Trek show, Five-0 is a syndicated show now in its 6th season and scorpion is in its 2nd with a third to be announced. They also have shown themselves to be respectful with old franchises as was the case with Hawaii Five-0, which has been very positively accepted by the masses.
The main question every fan is asking is will this new series be in the Prime universe? Or in the new film universe? The old prime universe has many things going for it, and CBS would be wise to set this new series within the old cannon. Lets look at reasons why
The Star Trek universe has so far had five TV shows and eleven movies set in the “Prime” universe, director J.J Abrams film was still set in the prime universe but opened up a new alternate dimension. With almost 50 years of lore and story to build on CBS would be foolish to throw all that away to simply tie in the show to the films.
The Prime universe is full of memorable characters, many have stories that have been told and many have yet to be explored. A new series set in the prime universe could take advantage of many cameos by famous Star Trek actors and actresses. While if the series was set in the new film universe they would be hampered by only having the characters from the films who would be no doubt expensive
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While the films have made a huge amount of money, the real supporters of a new Star Trek series will be the fans who watched the originals, they are the built in audience. If you anger the fans they will stay away and with a TV show CBS needs a loyal fan base to tune in every week. Fans have been asking for a new series set in the prime universe and if they are denied it backlash may be strong.