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.
The Star Trek franchise is set to get animated this year as we move from the Bridge to the Lower Decks for CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Lower Decks – anSource: flickeringmyth.com
Star Trek: The Next Generation characters may appear in the upcoming animated show Star Trek: Lower DecksSource: screenrant.com
Star Trek: Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan teased that the animated series set in The Next Generation time frame might feature some of the latter's charactersSource: cbr.com
Star Trek: Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan says he 'definitely wants to try to use some' Next Generation in animated series
Star Trek: Discovery's third season remains a bit of a mystery, but one Star Trek spin-off that's proceeding at warp speed is the animated comedy series LowerSource: digitalspy.com
New photos and details have emerged regarding “Star Trek: Lower Decks,” the upcoming animated comedy series which will debut on CBS All Access later this yearSource: darkhorizons.com
The Star Trek universe has been getting a bit of a revamp on television, with an ever-growing number of series chronicling the adventures of the franchiseSource: comicbook.com
The new Star Trek: Lower Decks animated series may include animated versions of some fan-favorite characters from Star Trek: The Next GenerationSource: comicbook.com
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Writer Mike McMahan spoke about Star Trek: Lower Decks, and what fans can expect from the showSource: trektoday.com
Star Trek: Lower Decksis being pitched as the first animated comedy series in the franchise, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to skimp on the connections to theSource: wegotthiscovered.com
In an interview with Gold Derby while promoting Amazon‘s The Boys, a series about a group of vigilantes who fight abusive superheroes, Jack Quaid spoke about what to expectSource: trektoday.com
Star Trekis expanding on TV in new and exciting waysSource: wegotthiscovered.com
Poor Phillipa GeorgiouSource: io9.gizmodo.com
Work on Star Trek: Lower Decks continues for its 2020 debut on CBS All Access. Creator Mike McMahan has revealed some new details about the show's cast of charactersSource: comicbook.com
CBS is continuing to fill out their CBS All Access line-up with more Star Trek, this time ordering a spin-off from Star Trek: Discovery that focuses on aSource: filmjunk.com
On May 15, 2005, the final episode of Star Trek: Enterprise ended and the franchise was put in stasis for four years. With the release of the J.JSource: cbr.com
Star Trek: Lower Decks, one of the many Star Trek projects now in the works, sounds like it will deliver big laughs to Star Trek fansSource: comicbook.com
Note: This interview with Akiva Goldsman was conducted prior to the announcement of the Pike Star Trek Discovery spinoff series, Star Trek: Strange New WorldsSource: collider.com
It may be a while before Star Trek: Strange New Worlds begins its maiden voyage. The world is going through a global pandemic due to COVID-19Source: comicbook.com
STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS: Third STAR TREK CBS All Access TV Series Greenlit starring Anson Mount on the Enterprise
A Third Star Trek TV series has been ordered by CBS All AccessSource: film-book.com
The new Pike and Spock spinoffStar Trek: Strange New Worldswill be more episodic than Picard and Discovery, promises a series co-creatorSource: screenrant.com
It's official! After months of speculation — and wishful thinking — CBS All Access has confirmed that Captain Pike is coming back, with Spock and Number One along for the ride,Source: space.com
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will follow the three characters “in the decade before Captain Kirk boarded the U.S.SSource: theverge.com
CBS All Access has announced that its Star Trek universe is set to expand further with the new series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which will take place during theSource: flickeringmyth.com
CBS All Access' Star Trek universe continues to grow with the announcement of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, a spinoff of Star Trek: Discovery, starring CaptSource: cbr.com
CBS All Access continues to load up on Star Trek series by officially announcing the new spinoff, Star Trek: Strange New WorldsSource: collider.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…