Star Trek fandom has been collectively holding its breath for years, waiting for some sign that Star Trek would be returning to television. Several Trek alumni had been working on pitches to present to CBS for a new series, including actor Michael Dorn with his Captain Worf idea, and Trek screenwriter Jimmy Diggs with his reboot concept Star Trek: Beyond the Stars, but it looks like CBS has transitioned from “absolutely not” to “let’s do this”. Word has it that the new series will be based on the J.J. Abrams version of the Trek universe, so we’re going to be boldly going on a brand new Trek adventure.
The new showrunner is Bryan Fuller. He began his writing career with the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager TV series, and is now is coming full circle, returning to the franchise as co-creator and executive producer of the new CBS Star Trek series, slated to launch in 2017. This fulfills a lifelong dream for Fuller, and the fact that this is happening in the year that marks the 50th anniversary of the Star Trek franchise may be a very good omen.
“My very first experience of Star Trek is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls. Before seeing a frame of the television series, the Star Trek universe lit my imagination on fire,” said Fuller. “It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand new iteration of Star Trek with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no Star Trek series has gone before.”
“Bringing Star Trek back to television means returning it to its roots, and for years those roots flourished under Bryan’s devoted care,” said Kurtzman. “His encyclopedic knowledge of ‘Trek’ canon is surpassed only by his love for Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic future, a vision that continues to guide us as we explore strange new worlds.”
We can only look on this as a hopeful sign. Anybody with that deep a love of the material is going to be treating it with honor and respect.
The series will premiere in January 2017 with a preview broadcast on CBS, but after that it goes straight to the new CBS All Access subscription service.
By January 2017, we will be once again able to boldly go where no one has gone befoere.