This past November, it was reported that CBS was developing a new Star Trek series to be streamed on their exclusive service CBS All Access. At the same time, it was also announced that the pilot episode would premiere on CBS. Now news has surfaced to reiterate that Star Trek is still happening, it’s still being designed just for CBS All Access, and now fans know that the broadcasting channel will have nothing to do with the show. Why is this important? It’s because streaming services like Netflix and Hulu have become a strong presence and have developed shows award winning and nominated shows like House of Cards and Casual. And now fans can soon expect a Star Trek series on an exclusive streaming service with the potential to be one of these great shows.

In a recent meeting with the Television Critics Association, Glenn Geller spoke for the first time since taking over as president of CBS Entertainment over Nina Tassler. At that meeting, Geller was asked about the new Star Trek series in which he replied,

“It was always designed for a streaming service…I’m just thrilled we get to be part of the launch. We’ll broadcast the launch. I’m not sure about the plans creatively for new characters.”

This is probably the best news that fans of Star Trek could hear at this point in time. The fact that it’s not in the hands of a broadcasting network means a lot. It means that creators can get bold. It’s true that there are already a handful of violent shows on television, and there are even violent cartoons. But now you can take a show like Star Trek and try new things and say different things that you couldn’t normally do on normal television because of fear for offending someone. Not saying it will happen, but could you imagine a darker, gritty Star Trek series with nudity and swearing?

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The idea of a more “in your face” Star Trek is exciting, but at the same time is scary. Star Trek fans are loyal, and many are traditionalists. With that said, change is something that may not be accepted by many. As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, why fix it?”

Maybe you don’t have to go all out with the new Star Trek series, but, for now, fans should be happy that the broadcasting network won’t have their hands on it.

Alex Kurtzman is developing the series.

Source: Slashfilm

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