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General thread for the TV shows in development, rumors, and the like until an official PR is released then they get their own thread.

Alex Kurtzman signed a 5 year deal to supervise more TV shows in development. At least 5.

1. The first is from the showrunners Marvel's Runaways, Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz, and will take place at Starfleet Academy.

2. - 3. Two other projects that are 'mini-series'.

4. The fourth is supposedly based around the iconic Wrath of Khan story.

5. There is an animated series in the works.

Picard might appear in one of them but it's listed as a 'reboot'.

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Did they learn nothing from Voyager? Star Trek is NOT a franchise like Marvel or DC Comics you can oversaturate the market with. Its appeal is MUCH narrower and more limited. This is going to end as badly as Universal Pictures' Dark Universe. General audiences aren't as into Star Trek as I am. That's why there should only be one project at a time.
 

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Did they learn nothing from Voyager? Star Trek is NOT a franchise like Marvel or DC Comics you can oversaturate the market with. Its appeal is MUCH narrower and more limited. This is going to end as badly as Universal Pictures' Dark Universe. General audiences aren't as into Star Trek as I am. That's why there should only be one project at a time.
I don't think Voyager was that bad of a show. It was just poorly written in spots, on top of the Star Trek reptitive storytelling. I think Paramount has been mulling a Star Fleet Academy series since TNG and the DS9 episode 'Valiant'. I've asked Greg Weisman if he would be interested in a Star Trek animated series of some sort, his response was (I paraphrase) he's not gonna work on it for free.

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I don't think Voyager was that bad of a show. It was just poorly written in spots, on top of the Star Trek reptitive storytelling. I think Paramount has been mulling a Star Fleet Academy series since TNG and the DS9 episode 'Valiant'. I've asked Greg Weisman if he would be interested in a Star Trek animated series of some sort, his response was (I paraphrase) he's not gonna work on it for free.

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What I meant by using Voyager as an example is that Paramount had two Star Trek series on the air at once and oversaturated the market. Viewers lost interest and the franchise died out for a few years. There were other factors (such as Enterprise's quality being so inferior to the previous series) but it is very clear Star Trek is NOT the franchise that can sustain multiple shows at once.
 
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What I meant by using Voyager as an example is that Paramount had two Star Trek series on the air at once and oversaturated the market. Viewers lost interest and the franchise died out for a few years. There were other factors (such as Enterprise's quality being so inferior to the previous series) but it is very clear Star Trek is NOT the franchise that can sustain multiple shows at once.
Oh I see. Well, even Lucasfilm is reconsidering their Spinoffs. These studios are getting blatantly greedy.

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Oh I see. Well, even Lucasfilm is reconsidering their Spinoffs. These studios are getting blatantly greedy.

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Star Wars is another franchise that cannot sustain a ton of different projects, especially at once. But Star Wars is still broadly popular with the general public, and has a built in large audience. Star Trek's fans are far too niche and few to try and build a shared universe for.
 

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Well, I like the idea of the miniseries. As of right now I'd be interested in the Starfleet Academy and please give us an original animated series with an alien Captain of a starship. I actually had this idea about 15 years ago, complete with designs.

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With National Amusements and CBS suing each other over the proposed merger of NA's media companies I have a serious doubt that Nick would land the animated series.

Cartoon Network Studios would be a better, litigation-free partner for the cartoon. CBS co-owns The CW with one AT&T subsidiary and co-broadcasts March Madness with another. So, CN is a natural fit for Star Trek, especially since they lost the Star Wars cartoon rights to Disney XD.

The cartoon should use the OS characters and be set in the Kelvin universe.
 

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CBS All Access ordered an animated comedy from Mike McMahan of Rick & Morty fame. It is "Star Trek: Lower Decks" and will follow the support crew of one of Starfleet’s less important starships with comedic effect. See thread in Gen. Animation.

CBS filed trademarks for several titles, hinting at the next series since Lower Decks is among them: Revolution, Starfleet Academy, Destiny, Reliant, Ceti Alpha V, and Lower Decks.
 

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"Trademarks for several titles"? Oh, brother...

Also, an animated series from the Rick and Morty guy? I don't think so. Just saying. Even then, "one of Starfleet's less important ships"? That sounds like a parody to me anyway, and no, this is not the franchise (which does comedy every now and then*) "laughing at itself". It's legacy is much bigger than that.

*But not in the most obvious way, unlike what this animated series is likely going to do.
 
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Looks like they officially ordered the Michelle Yeoh Discovery spin-off series.
CBS All Access has officially tapped Yeoh to captain a Star Trek series of her own: a black ops-themed spinoff of Discovery in which the actress will reprise her role and explore the next chapter in the life of Capt. Philippa Georgiou. The untitled drama will further explore Starfleet's Section 31 division, a shadow organization within the Federation featured on Star Trek: Discovery.
As with all Star Trek series, Kurtzman will exec produce via his CBS TV Studios-based Secret Hideout banner, which is run by Heather Kadin. Rod Roddenberry, CEO of Roddenberry Entertainment and the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, will exec produce alongside Trevor Roth. Aaron Baiers will co-exec produce alongside Kim and Lippoldt.
 

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Along with Lower Decks they should make an animated series that is aimed at a younger/family audience ala TAS, maybe set in the Kelvin Universe.

All Access needs some family programming so that they're more like Netflix and Hulu.

They could order an Animal Crossing cartoon for instance but that's another discussion. Star Trek has a lot of juvenile fans, and having a cartoon for family audiences would give them something to enjoy until they are old enough for shows like Discovery.
 
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The Section 31 spin-off may not stream until after Discovery ends, Julie McNamara, the Executive Vice President of Original Content at CBS All Access, commented
Some of these [series] can be considered as replacements as opposed to additions...These ‘Trek’ shows take a lot of incubation, because they’re very prep heavy, visual effects heavy...We’re seeing it more as we’re getting a good jump on making sure that there is a good fulsome stream of ‘Trek’ material...When I look at how the schedule is theoretically laying out on my desk, it does not feel like it’s one [Trek] after another...It really is important that we’re out there establishing a full-fledged premium service and really add a lot of things that aren’t ‘Star Trek’ as well.
 
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