Star Trek: Discovery could pave the way for even more Trek on TV

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Aug 15, 2017

We’re getting closer to the premiere of CBS All Access’ long-awaited Star Trek: Discovery, but if the show proves to be a hit, it could merely be the first wave of the franchise’s return to television.

In a chat with Digital Spy, producer Alex Kurtzman was asked about show creator Bryan Fuller’s (Hannibal) original pitch for a Trek anthology series (which could explore different eras each season), and said he still believes there’s room to tackle a project like that. Taking it a step further, Kurtzman said he believes everyone involved would like to see Discovery lead to even more Trek shows.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

"I think [an anthology’s] totally possible. It was a really cool idea, but it wasn't necessarily an idea that everyone immediately agreed with. It's a cool idea, but at the same time, I've now fallen in love with the characters on this ship [Discovery]. I like seeing them. I like being with them. And I wouldn't necessarily want to throw them away at the end of the season for a new show. I would not want to limit our storytelling, especially given the topics that we're bringing up this season. It's not just one season's worth of television. I think the idea might be that there are more Star Trek series [further down the line]."

Though Trek has been a film franchise for the past decade or so, the concept obviously got its start on the small screen — and over the years — has made for some positively amazing television. From The Original Series, to The Next Generation, to Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise, this franchise has proven time and time again it belongs on television, helping writing the playbooks for everything from season-long arcs to bottle episodes.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres September 24 on CBS, before migrating to the network's CBS All Access paid streaming service.

Here’s hoping Discovery opens the floodgates for more Trek. Oh, and that the next show actually lands on a network, instead of a niche streaming service. Just sayin'.

(Via Digital Spy)