How Michael Dorn hopes to keep his Worf series alive despite a new Trek TV show

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Nov 21, 2015, 6:52 PM EST (Updated)

A few weeks ago, Star Trek fans everywhere rejoiced when it was announced that the beloved sci-fi franchise would finally be making its return to television after more than a decade. It's something Trekkies have wanted for a long time, and that desire for the franchise to head back to the small screen extended beyond mere fandom. Over the years, several Star Trek cast members have come forward with their own ideas about new TV series, and Michael Dorn was among the most vocal.

Dorn, who has the unique distinction of logging more hours as a cast member than anyone else in Star Trek history, has been working for a while now on a potential new TV series he dubbed The Worf Chronicles, which would follow the beloved Klingon's adventures beyond the events of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Fans everywhere seemed up for the idea, and Dorn was hoping CBS would be too. 

Then, CBS announced a new TV show, which basically left The Worf Chronicles dead in the water. Dorn's not deterred, though. He apparently still wants to make the show ... just not as a Star Trek show.

"We were always aware that this was a possibility and we have a plan B," Dorn said. "The idea that we have is a great idea, so what we'd like to do is use it to start a new franchise."

That's right, Dorn's now hoping to develop a new sci-fi series completely independent of Star Trek, and while that means it could no longer be about Worf, he does still want to boost its potential by casting fellow Star Trek alums.

"I think if we populate [the series] with Star Trek franchise actors, I think that's a good place to start. We'd be able to promote it through the conventions we already do, and the great thing about it would be that we'd own it. We'd be free to do what we wanted to do."

Dorn has a point. He's appeared frequently (particularly around the time of Star Trek: The Next Generation's 25th anniversary) at conventions alongside Jonathan Frakes, Wil Wheaton, Patrick Stewart, Marina Sirtis and others, and it wouldn't be hard to get Trek onboard something that some combination of those actors were all plugging at the same time. As for where the show might land, Dorn's not sure, but he did mention both Netflix and Starz as possibilities.

So, The Worf Chronicles is dead, but a new phase of Dorn's career as a sci-fi TV star may be about to begin. What do you think? Will it work?

(Via Den of Geek)