In less than one Earth year, we will have Star Trek back on our televisions. Granted those televisions will have to be tuned into the CBS steaming site All Access, but still, for the first time in over a decade, we will be able to watch a weekly Star Trek adventure. Of course, Star Trek did start out as a multi-platform multimedia entity. For three years in the 1960s it was a TV show created and overseen by Gene Roddenberry, and while his failing health prevented him from having a lot to do with the show from about the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation, his influence persisted through to the end of Enterprise in 2005. Now we’ve learned that when the new Trek begins next year, a Roddenberry will, in fact, be taking part.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rod Roddenberry, son of Gene, will be an executive producer on the as-yet-untitled new Star Trek series. Roddenberry, CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment, helped to oversee the series Earth: Final Conflict, which was based on his father’s concept, and was an associate producer on the documentary Racing Extinction. As for his Trek experience, he was the narrator and executive producer of Trek Nation, and has been a consultant on the long-running webseries Star Trek: New Voyages. “While I will always be humbled by its legacy and the legions of fans who are its guardians, it’s a genuine honor to be joining a team of imaginative and incredibly capable individuals whose endeavor it is to uphold the tenets of Star Trek’s legacy while bringing it to audiences in a new era and on a contemporary platform,” Roddenberry said in a statement.
Roddenberry joins a crew that already includes showrunner Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and executive producer Nicholas Meyer (director of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country). “Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy, left a finely feathered nest for all who love Star Trek to enjoy,” said Fuller. “It is only fitting that Rod Roddenberry and Roddenberry Entertainment join our new Trek adventure to ensure that his father’s legacy of hope for the future and infinite diversity in infinite combinations runs through our tales as Gene Roddenberry intended.”
Trevor Roth, COO of Roddenberry Entertainment, will also be coming on to the show as an executive producer. The new Star Trek series will debut sometime early next year in a two-hour premiere on the main CBS network before moving to the All Access streaming site.