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.
Star Trek is setting a course for animation. Star Trek: Lower Decks, the franchise’s first animated comedy, is set to debut in 2020Source: comicbook.com
Senior vice president of comedy development Alec Botnick has been promoted, now adding head of animation to his titleSource: variety.com
In the science fiction fandoms, few reach the super stardom of Star Trek. Even so, Star Trek is having a new renaissance during the past couple yearsSource: screenrant.com
NEW YORK — Trekkies at New York Comic Con got their first glimpse at two new trailers, one for "Star Trek: Picard" and one for "Star Trek: Discovery" Season 3, onSource: space.com
This year’s New York Comic Con (NYCC) was a pretty big one for fans of the Star Trek Universe: including new trailers for the third season of Star Trek:Source: bleedingcool.com
Between seasons one and two of Star Trek: Discovery, the production team tried a new approach to Star Trek storytelling: Short TreksSource: treknews.net
The future of Star Trek looks younger and brighter with the merge of CBS and Viacom reunifying the franchiseSource: metro.co.uk
The Star Trek Universe has set course for this year’s New York Comic Con on October 5thSource: treknews.net
CBS has announced a special SteelBook release for the second season of Star Trek: Discovery, when it hits Blu-ray later this yearSource: treknews.net
At the 2019 Bingewatch Awards, bingewatching multiple shows at once is honored as the noble and important art form it truly isSource: filmdaily.co
Remember that “Worf Chronicles” TNG spin-off idea that Michael Dorn was pitching a few years ago? Well, he still has hope for it within the current landscape of theSource: treknews.net
Ethan Peck joined the Star Trekuniverse as the latest incarnation of Spock in Discoveryseason 2Source: wegotthiscovered.com
Ever since Viacom and CBS decided to merge into ViacomCBS, Star Trek has been talked about almost endlesslySource: redshirtsalwaysdie.com
Earlier this week, CBS and Viacom announced plans to mergeSource: comicbook.com
One of the more interesting results of the announced merger of CBS and Viacom is the reunion of the television and film components of the Star Trek franchise under aSource: cbr.com
Star Trek is once again a united franchise, thanks to some corporate wranglingSource: screenrant.com
The merger between CBS and Viacom (Paramount’s parent company), owners of the Star Trek television and film rights, respectively, is expected to be finalized in the very near futureSource: treknews.net
Despite our pleas for CBS not to build a gigantic television universe, it looks like the network is going to go forward with its plans after allSource: filmdaily.co
Star Trek: Lower Decks creator compares the animated comedy to Rick and Morty, says it will be "very dissimilar"
The Star Trek franchise is set to boldly go where no Trek series has gone before next year – the world of animated comedy, thanks to the upcoming series Star Trek:Source: flickeringmyth.com
In a new interview, Mike McMahan has clarified when exactly Star Trek: Lower Decks takes place in the larger Trekverse and if the new show will be canonSource: redshirtsalwaysdie.com
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 imagineSource: wegotthiscovered.com
In a new interview, Shazad Latif gives an update on the status of the Discovery spinoff Star Trek: Section 31 and when fans can expect to see itSource: redshirtsalwaysdie.com
While the first two seasons of Star Trek: Discovery took place fairly early in the series' canon, Season 3 will be jump further into the future than any Star TrekSource: cbr.com
CBS Home Entertainment has announced the upcoming release of Star Trek: Discovery Season Two on Blu-ray and DVDSource: treknews.net
CBS All Access content chief Julie McNamara announced during the streamer's Summer 2019 press tour appearance that it has ordered an adaptation of the Walter Tevis novel and DavidSource: denofgeek.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…