The future of Star Trek TV/streaming series in 2020 and beyond...
Following the crazy success of Discovery, the folks heading up CBS are doubling (and quadrupling) down on the Star Trek franchise. The stated ultimate goal is new Star Trek year ’round on the All Access online streaming platform.
On this page of Star Trek Guide, we’ve got a checklist of ST series at various levels of development/production along with a brief summary on what is known about these future shows. We’ll update this page as news breaks, and at bottom are stories on the new series aggregated for your perusal.
Today, ahead of the Star Trek Universe panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Star Trek: Discovery revealed that David Ajala will join its cast in Season Three as aSource: comicbook.com
SAN DIEGO – CBS All Access’ “Star Trek” universe is expanding, with another season of “Discovery,” the animated “Lower Decks” series and the anticipated “Picard” show starring Sir Patrick Stewart andSource: chicago.suntimes.com
After months of waiting, the new animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks from Rick and Morty creator Mike McMahon has been revealed today at SDCCSource: redshirtsalwaysdie.com
It’s amazing how there aren’t more animated Star Trek projects, but Star Trek: Lower Decks will focus on a lighter side of Starfleet centering around four ensigns notSource: bleedingcool.com
During The Star Trek Universe panel at Comic-Con: International in San Diego, Alex Kurtzman announced the second season of Short Treks series, which serve as a prelude for theSource: bleedingcool.com
During their Comic-Con panel today, CBS All Access revealed the Star Trek: Lower Decks cast and first look images from the animated series! Check out the images in theSource: comingsoon.net
Tawny Newsome, Noël Wells, and Eugene Cordero will all star in the series. As Variety exclusively reported, Jack Quaid has also been cast as Ensign Brad BoimlerSource: variety.com
Star Trek: Discovery producer Alex Kurtzman received a huge response from the gathered Hall H audience at San Diego Comic-Con when he asked if there was any interest inSource: screenrant.com
Star Trek: Lower Decks will be set in the same era as Star Trek: The Next Generation, it has been confirmedSource: screenrant.com
Stewart unveiled a new trailer for Star Trek: Picard and revealed Next Generation actor Brent Spiner will appear as DataSource: hollywoodreporter.com
Let’s be honestSource: bleedingcool.com
Warner Bros, Sony, and Universal might be sitting out San Diego Comic-Con 2019, but we’ve still got plenty of amazing panels to be excited about—especially in regardsSource: io9.gizmodo.com
Longtime Star Trek writer David Mack has revealed that he is consulting on a “classified” Star Trek projectSource: comicbook.com
Noted Star Trek author David Mack has revealed that he is a consultant on both Star Trek: Lower Decks and another untitled Trek animated seriesSource: redshirtsalwaysdie.com
Star Trek will have a significant presence at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 with Discovery, Picardand more coming to Hall H at this year's eventSource: screenrant.com
While the past few years have been rather rough for Star Trek fans, things are on the up and up for Gene Roddenberry’s visionary franchiseSource: wegotthiscovered.com
The Star Trek franchise is currently in an interesting renaissance, with a slew of new television projects hitting or about to hit the screenSource: comicbook.com
Captain Jean-Luc Picard will make his triumphant return to television in CBS All Access' newest Star Trek project, Star Trek: PicardSource: screenrant.com
Star Trek fans can expect to dive into the dark side of the Star Trek universe as soon as Star Trek: Discovery wraps on its third seasonSource: comicbook.com
While the past few years have been rather rough for Star Trekfans, things are on the up and up for Gene Roddenberry’s visionary franchiseSource: wegotthiscovered.com
And so, as Jean-Luc Picard once said long ago, “Let’s see what’s out there.” Upcoming series on the Star Trek slate include:
• Lower Decks. Reportedly somewhat reminiscent of the TNG season 7 episode of the same name, Lower Decks will be an animated series focusing on characters of lower rank serving aboard a Federation starship. Thanks to the Star Trek panel at SDCC 2019, we know now quite a few more details on this series, so Star Trek Guide now has a page devoted to ST:LD. For more news on Lower Decks, click on the previous link.
• Section 31. Michelle Yeoh kicked so much ass and took so many names in seasons 1 and 2 of Discovery that the Star Trek brain trust is ready to give her Captain/Emperor Phillipa Georgiou character the spotlight. This series features Georgiou (what else?) kicking ass for the Federation’s über-shady intelligence organization. STG figures that Section 31 will drop after Lower Decks, if only due to the corner in which the writers might have put themselves vis-à-vis Georgiou at the conclusion of Discovery season 2. We may see either another round of Short Treks or even Discovery season 3 to get Georgiou back to when she belongs.
• As-yet untitled animated series. In April 2019, representatives of Nickelodeon and CBS announced a partnership to produce an animated Star Trek series for a younger audience. From the press release: “Debuting exclusively on Nickelodeon, the series expands the Star Trek universe for a new generation of fans. The new original CG-animated series follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation.”
“Derelict starship”? Could it be Kahn’s Reliant? (That was one of the names trademarked by CBS Television in early 2018…)
• Ceti Alpha V. Speaking of Kahn, this proposed series featuring the genetically augmented tough guy appears to be dead. Though Nicholas Meyer revealed he was working on the Kahn-centric project in summer 2017 – thereby making it the first Star Trek series to enter development after Discovery – Ceti Alpha V may be indefinitely grounded.
The last word on this idea was probably Meyer’s in November 2018: ““I was commissioned to write a 3-hour or 3-night event, and that’s what I did. It’s called Ceti Alpha V and I don’t know the current status. It’s been up in the air. Partially, there was a lot of confusion between CBS, and there were big upheavals at CBS and while they sort of didn’t know who was in charge, they also didn’t know what they were going to do with Ceti Alpha V. I’m not exactly sure what’s happened, I haven’t heard from them in some time.”
And neither have we.
• The Worf Chronicles. Since 2012, Michael Dorn has been stumping for The Worf Chronicles, a proposed series starring his character. But with all the recent love (and money!) getting thrown around on new Star Trek series, Dorn apparently can’t even get a proper meeting with the right people.
On one hand, a Worf vehicle seems like a natural: Worf has appeared in more Star Trek episode than any other character and was among the most popular on both TNG and DS9. On the other hand, despite Dorn’s insistence that the Klingon Empire makes a great metaphor for modern-day globalization, Discovery season 1 showed that even the ST audience isn’t particularly enamored with Klingon-heavy shows.
Perhaps today is a good day for this idea to die…