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?
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.