It was 10 years ago that we last saw Star Trek on TV. Yep, a whole decade has passed. The last episode ever to grace the small screen was Star Trek: Enterprise's much-maligned "These Are the Voyages ...", which aired on UPN on May 13, 2005, and marked the end of an era that began with the first episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1987. Since Enterprise went off the air, J.J. Abrams successfully rebooted the franchise on the big screen with 2009's Star Trek, but the beloved sci-fi franchise has yet to return to the small screen — where it belongs.
About a month ago, Trekkies -- as well as fans in general -- got excited again when awesome rumors that CBS was looking to bring back Star Trek to our TV screens emerged. Well, I'm sorry to be the bearer of bad news and rain on everyone's parade, but it looks like it ain't gonna happen.
During a Q&A session at Fan Expo Regina last weekend, Jonathan Frakes, who played Cmdr. William T. Riker on The Next Generation, was asked about the possibility of a new Star Trek TV series. And the news wasn't good. Frakes said that he himself had pitched a Star Trek concept to CBS, but that they didn't seem to have any interest in a new series.
He also said that CBS feels that it diluted the brand in the 1990s and early 2000s, culminating in the poor box-office performance of Star Trek: Nemesis in 2002. Now that Star Trek is getting an insane amount of success (and is making a lot of money) on the big screen, Frakes said CBS wants the property as focused and concentrated as possible.
Do you think we'll EVER get Star Trek back on TV?
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