Will There Be Another STAR TREK TV Series?

JJ Abrams and CBS Television weigh in.

Star Trek belongs on TV. The movies are nice and all, but the universe is one that demands to be explored week by week. Ever since the Star Trek reboot fans have been wondering if there will be a new series; maybe not one about the USS Enterprise, but one set in the new universe. 

Bleeding Cool culled two quotes from a JJ Abrams interview, and I can add some inside information I happen to have. Here's Abrams:

I have been hearing for as long as I can remember that CBS, who has the rights to the series, has just been saying they’re not interested. That’s the word I’ve been told.

And here's a CBS spokesperson:

We love the Star Trek franchise, its fan base and the many possibilities for its future when the time is right.

Here's what I know, and why the odds of a new Star Trek series are slim at the moment: CBS is still feeling burned by the post-TNG glut of Trek shows. They feel that the number of series they had going made the franchise feel less special, and they're gunshy about having too much Trek in the public eye. Right now they're pretty happy with the attention the movies are getting and they're in no rush to dilute it.

Could that change? Trek's 50th anniversary is rapidly approaching, as well as the end of the Bad Robot trilogy (my understanding is that Bad Robot essentially owns Trek in movies through 2016). What happens to Trek at that point is anybody's guess. I'd be interested in seeing CBS bring the franchise to the brave new world of cable TV, where shorter seasons and better budgets could make for a series unlike any in Trek history. 

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