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.
Writer, director, and producer Alex Kurtzman has stated that he has a six-year plan for the future of his Star Trektelevision series for CBSSource: screenrant.com
Through two episodes of Star Trek: Lower Decks, showrunner Mike McMahan has shown how the U.S.SSource: cbr.com
The irreverent and divisive Star Trek: Lower Decks has an uphill battle to win over the franchise's notoriously picky fan baseSource: screenrant.com
All six installments in the series Star Trek: Short Treks will be available to stream for freeSource: screenrant.com
Star Trek: Lower Decks has so far been met with polarizing reactions from fans, but the show has a worthwhile purpose in the ever expanding world of the final frontierSource: screenrant.com
There’s unease in the world of Star Trek today as rumors swirl that there’s due to be a major shakeup behind the scenes at CBSSource: wegotthiscovered.com
For the twelve years after Star Trek: Enterprise was canceled, there was no Star Trek on TVSource: cbr.com
Star Trek: Short Treks almost brought back the full style of Star Trek: The Animated Series for one of its episodesSource: comicbook.com
Star Trek: Lower Decksmight be a zany animated comedy, but it’s also very keen to respect Trek canon and is effectively a loving homage to The Next GenerationSource: wegotthiscovered.com
The premiere episode of the latest series to join the expanding Star Trek universe, animated comedy Star Trek: Lower Decks, is streaming for free on YouTube for a limited timeSource: comicbook.com
After a rough few years on the big screen, Star Trek has found new life on streaming services thanks to series like Discovery and PicardSource: cbr.com
When CBS first announced the television show Star Trek: Lower Decks, it felt like something completely new for the Trek universeSource: collider.com
One week after its premiere, CBS All Access has made the series premiere of Star Trek: Lower Decks available to stream for free through YouTube for a limited timeSource: cbr.com
Star Trek: Lower Decks has finally brought the Klingons that Trekkers love back to the franchiseSource: screenrant.com
Lower Decks continues to separate itself from other Trek shows through its structure, particularly the use of a cold openSource: cbr.com
Everything seemed uncertain over in the Star Trek camp for a few months there, but now it all appears to be back on track over at CBSSource: wegotthiscovered.com
Star Trek: Lower Decks introduced an Orion named D'Vana Tendi (Noel Wells), and the Starfleet Ensign instantly redeemed the Orion slave girls that have been a questionable part ofSource: screenrant.com
CBS is in the midst of expanding the Star Trekfranchise in brand new waysSource: wegotthiscovered.com
The upcoming animated series Star Trek: Prodigyhas officially found its showrunner. In recent years, the Star Trek franchise has seen a massive resurgence on television thanks to CBS All AccessSource: screenrant.com
On Monday, Nickelodeon and CBS Television Studios announced that award-winning director and producer Ben Hibon (Codehunters) would direct, co-executive produce, and act as the creative lead of Nickelodeon'Source: comicbook.com
Star Trek: Lower Decks is a show made by fans, and that is about fansSource: comicbook.com
Star Trek: Lower Decks gets off to a fresh, irreverent start, while still honoring what's come before with a host of Easter eggsSource: screenrant.com
This week, Star Trek: Lower Decksdebuted onCBS All Access, introducing Star Trek fans to a new cast of characters aboard the USS CerritosSource: comicbook.com
This week,Star Trek: Lower Decksdebuted onCBS All Access. The show is the first adult animated comedy set in the Star Trek universeSource: comicbook.com
Star Trek: Lower Decks viewers should watch closely for some very familiar characters from the pastSource: digitalspy.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…