CBS Exec Says There’s A Limitless Appetite For Star Trek On TV
The Star Trekmovie franchise might be in a weird state right now, with Star Trek 4 cancelled and the Quentin Tarantino film sounding so strange it’s hard to imagine it happening, but Trek‘s flourishing on its original medium: TV. We already have Discoveryand Short Treksand they’ll soon be joined by Picardand a couple of animated series. More shows – like the Section 31 spinoff with Michelle Yeoh – are also in development, too.
But how far will this expansion of the Trek universe go? Well, Julie McNamara, the head of original programming for CBS All Access, touched on this topic while speaking at the TCA Summer Press Tour. She explained that the network sees “limitless interest” in producing more content, though they are aware of the importance of choosing what they do “carefully.”
This is similar to what Alex Kurtzman, EP and essentially the creative architect of Trek on TV, has previously said about how CBS All Access hopes to avoid franchise fatigue. He explained that there’s “no benefit to just pushing out” endless content and that the streaming service is aiming to “mine it wisely and effectively” and produce “a variety of talent and subject matter.”
The release schedule for the series also shows how they’re being cautious of dumping too much Trek all at once. With Picard likely to arrive in early 2020, Discovery season 3 will be pushed back until much later in the year. Once the other projects get on the air, that should mean we have multiple Star Trekshows a year, but without them overlapping.