Roberto Orci Meeting With CBS For New ‘Star Trek’ TV Show [Updated]

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With this summer’s Star Trek Into Darkness now available on home video, and director J.J. Abrams hopping the asteroid fields to take on Star Wars: Episode VII, there remains a bit of uncertainty for the future viewing pleasure of Trekkies. The 50th anniversary of the iconic Star Trek franchise approaches in 2016 and what better way to celebrate boldly going where no one has gone before than a three-quel to the film trilogy about young Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and crew beginning their adventures on the U.S.S. Enterprise?

A new television series, of course! And that’s exactly what could happen.

In a potentially wondrously joyous tweet for Star Trek fans, Sky News reporter Joe Michalczuk shared word that Bob Orci told him he’s met with CBS to talk about bringing Star Trek back to the small screen.

With Orci taking meetings – or as we’re told, inquiring about the rights  that would suggest that a new Star Trek TV series – if greenlit – would be in the same timeline as the film franchise, when the Enterprise begins its 5-year mission. A series in the quasi-rebooted Trek universe (thank you, time travel paradox) would allow CBS to pull a Disney and have a television show based in the same cinematic universe as the films, a la Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD on ABC.

Then again, Orci is loyal to his brands, evidenced by his work on the Transformers Prime animated series which is not in the same universe as Michael Bay’s movies – which he and writing partner Alex Kurtzman left after two installments. Orci and Kurtzman are busy producers/writers, with Sleepy Hollow starting strong on Fox, Ender’s Game preparing for its theatrical release, and development beginning on a new Van Helsing and a Mummy reboot, not to mention work on the Amazing Spider-Man sequels.

Talk of a Star Trek TV series hasn’t settled since Enterprise concluded its final season in 2005, marking the first time in two decades where there wasn’t a Trek series on the air. The movies thankfully reinvigorated the brand in 2009, making it “cool” again, but talk of a TV show hasn’t far gone beyond The Next Generation/Deep Space 9 star Michael Dorn expressing desire to making a series centered around his character of Worf, a show that would take place in the “old” universe.

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There were also attempts to create a new Star Trek show by Bryan Singer (X-Men) and Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) but as of late, word on the street is that any such project would need to get the J.J. Abrams go-ahead. Then came a report that claimed rights issues between Paramount (on the film side) and CBS (on the TV side) prevented such a show from developing and in turn, helped in Abrams’ decision to take on the Star Wars franchise, effectively ending his directorial responsibilities in the Trek series.

Update: To be clear, Star Trek is not currently in development for TV and this is a case where the potential is there and inquiries are being made about the rights.

Would the series follow the traditional formula of following a crew of new characters? Would it need to tie-in with the film franchise? Is the timing right for Star Trek on TV?

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  1. Star Fleet Investigative Section would follow a basic police procedural template. Each episode would have a “crime of the week”. The crew of the USS Locard would then be dispatched to warp in and solve the crime. Utilizing futuristic forensic skills the fearless crew will usually successfully solve the crime and restore order.

  2. The breakdowns of plot lines have episodes taking place on other star ships, space stations, asteroid mines, alien planet and back here on Earth. While many plot lines will involve murders, the crew will also be looking into kidnappings, cargo pirating, sabotages, alien spies, and space age war crimes.

  3. In the second show Star Trek will be taking on a medical/rescue drama theme, with a working title of Star Trek: Pierce. It is unknown based on the outline if the name Pierce is in honor of the Fire Engine Manufacture or the US Navy Corpsman who received the Medal of Honor in WWII.

  4. This second show will follow the crew of the USS Pierce, a heavy rescue star ship. In the outline we got, the USS Pierce is described as being a new breed of starship with a prototype “warp Jump drive”. The warp jump is able to open an artificial wormhole between to wormhole generators. Starfleet vessels in the show have emergency beacons that contain one half of the wormhole generator. The USS Pierce also caries deployable probes that make up the other half of the wormhole generator.

  5. The typical episode plotlines will have some ship, space station or other exotic location befall some disaster or unknown medical outbreak. Our heroes will then be dispatched to this emergency event. Using the warp jump they get to any emergency in minutes. In some shows they will use futuristic versions of the Jaws-of-Life and emergency medical techniques to complete their rescues. In other shows the onboard medical lab might be used to develop a cure for a new illness or virus. Other episodes might call for the crew to race in to save a VIP with an emergency surgery, such as a transplant or an experimental procedure.

  6. CBS seems positive they will be able to air multiple Star Trek shows. They currently air multiple versions of CSI and multiple versions of NCIS. Also given that these shows have different central plots, one police related the other EMS/Rescue related, fans should be happy to have two Trek shows on the air. No word on when production will start, nor was there a mention when in 2014 the pilots will air.

  7. I am just going to say this this is wrong we the people have not had a star trek tv series since 2005 that’s how far back we never had a series that’s how long we had to wait for it is over 8 years now well over years. When they asked JJ the retard Abrams who makes good movies by the way but this guy has a ego that can chock a horse and he lied he lied to the entire world when they asked him will we see another star trek tv series he said for as long as he can remember he has been hearing that CBS does not want another series but he lied cause CBS does want to do a new series but back when they signed Abrams to do the first movie they signed a weird messed up contract that says that there should be no TV series while he is doing the movies in other words JJ Abrams says there should be no star trek but mine he lied and he is holding trek fans hostage by preventing a new star trek tv series

  8. There are so many star trek pitches that People brought to CBS but JJ Abrams keeps shooting them down last year Mike Dorn the guy who played Worf pitched his show he dubbed Star trek captian worf but since they were doing Star trek into darkness it got turned down what the heck did Abrams do it is impossible to get a tv series off the ground this is insane people are hurting out there people who love star trek and can’t live without a new series are hurting even Tim Russ said in a interview about hi new web project Star trek renegades that people are feeling it there is no series now and people are feeling it

    • i am gladthey did turn down the work idea,its a bad idea,why dragg worf again and again into this??the captain should be a new guy/woman…certainlynot worf,i have had enough of the honour kahless nonsense

  9. but daniel…where did you get all these new informations??2series??like csi??i certainlyhope not like csi i think its a bunch of nonsense,all looks,all young pretty people,no realism,please god help us not that way,please take some HBO realism into the star trek universe

    • I have a source and I saw it on a site but I am hoping this is false they will pick up Star trek Renegades instead

  10. First and foremost I want a new TV series set in the prime universe. I’ve been following Tim Russ and his Renegades project on Kickstarter and I really want it to be either commissioned for a short TV season as an experiment or web series. I’d buy episodes of it on iTunes.

    Unfortunately, TV producers are a cynical lot and presume audiences are fickle and stupid. This is where long-term TOS and TNG-era Trek fans are at a disadvantage. To the money men, a TV series in the Abram-verse is the logical next step and something threat they feel they would be stupid to squander the potential of. My response to that is this: if you really must set a new Trek in the Abram-verse continuity, then why not just make it a lavish, 10 part serial starring the current movie cast? With a Game of Thrones sized budget? When audiences historically flocked to see William Shatner and Patrick Stewart’s respective crews on screen and more the most part beought in millions in profit – in this ‘golden’ age of modern TV surely that’s the most obvious thing to do?

    TV is no longer the ‘career downgrade’ some movie actors may once have perceived it as being. So why take the risk on an audience disliking a new cast when half of the cast of the new films are all from TV?

    A big, impressive 10 or 13 part mini-series starring the movie cast in 2016 for the 50th anniversary (or even before then) could help bring back in the more cerebral, philosophical aspects that the franchise is/should be best known for while omitting all the CGI fireworks that saturated Into Darkness. It could even make another wizz-bang-pop Abram-verse movie a bit more paletable if the writers and cast aside take the time to flesh out their continuity’s characters and world better, to the point where it becomes exciting and wonderous to see them thrust into movie-scale conflicts and situations that the TV show didn’t dare.

    • One of the most tragic things in today’s Hollywood is how people (even those working at the studios) believe Box-Office figures and more generally anything coming out of the studio PR machines.

      How do we know J.J. Abrams’ star Trek was really successful? We don’t. We were TOLD it was (just as we’re TOLD anything he touches turns to gold) but the only real data we have that isn’t PR, the Nielsens, tells us that J.J. Abrams’ creations are routinely shunned by audiences (witness the crazily low ratings of Fringe and the big flop that is Almost Human). Yet even the proven flops are called “hits” (so many people get mad at me when I point out Fringe had 2 million viewers you’d think J.J. has street teams scouring the internet to squash that notion!)

      It’s a point of faith in Hollywood that J.J. Abrams is a great producer audiences can’t get enough of, yet his biggest “success” where we have real numbers is Persons of Interest, a show that has OK if unspectacular ratings. The rest of his shows bombed (but are embraced as “hits” by an eager press…) but we’re supposed to genuflect and believe all the PR and made-up Box Office numbers while Hollywood hopes for the next batch of Nouveaux Riches that it can take money from (see the Melrose Investors suits against Paramount for not getting even their money back when they had backed a slate of “mega hits” like J.J. Abrams’ Mission Impossible and Star Trek).

      I yearn for the days of old when the Hollywood press wasn’t owned and operated by the studios and you could get real info.
      Now, all you get is rehashed PR and people cocksure that they “know” that J.J. Abrams is a big money-maker…

    • I am SO with you on that. I really don’t get the companies (well, that might be because of no knowledge about facts, detail etc) BUT there lies such an opportunity!

      Start a 10 to 12 episode series with the movie characters. Make them follow an season spanning plot with really exciting episodes, containing everything from research to love and action. Let this Series end in 2016 in a last movie that closes this alternate timeline and celebrate the big birthday. Now there would be countless story opportunities, but here is one I would love to see:

      The crew starts its 5 Year mission researching there first planets. Crewmembers start acting different, unexpected sometimes weird things happen, that let our heroes see that something is obviously wrong. You might even get cumberbatch again for 1-2 episodes, leading kirk and co in the right direction (or not 😉 ). When things get really wrong they realize that the changes that where made in history threaten the whole universe, the enterprise crew starts on a mission to get to the future of a different universe (ours 😉 ) to stop spock and data from creating the red matter and by that ultimately changing history.

      I know that sounds like “meh, time travel, future doesn’t exist, impossible, been there, seen that” but with a clever writing you could do something like that.

      In 2016 the third “new-old-crew” movie could than close that time loop, leaving us with 3 really good star trek movies and a strong 12hour series and sets everything to normal. So they could start the anniversary with a fresh series in our “old and known” universe, leaving j.j.s work canon without any consequences.

      For me that would be really awesome

  11. I would LOVE a new TV series. There could not be a better time than now, while we’re coming off of two successful Abrams’ films, anticipating a third and while the viewing on Star Trek shows in general has never been so high since the release of all five Star Trek shows in Netflix, (IMDb lists the Next Generation as the 26th highest rated show on Netflix’s free streaming and the Original Series is not far behind.) Let’s take advantage of it now while we can.

    Now, of I may add my personal two cents: I’d vote for a show set in the old universe. I like the Abrams movies a lot, but, I am DYING to see new stories that take place after the events of Nemesis, Voyager’s return and the Dominion War. There’s some good ground to work with there: a Romulus destroyed and a Federation coping with the aftermath of the biggest war the Milky Way has ever seen, for example.

    In the old universe you can bring back characters from the older shows much more easily, and if you want to tie in events from Abrams’ universe you can still do so, (because it’s Star Trek, and /anything/ can happen in Star Trek). Also, it’s in the tradition of Star Trek to give a new TV series a new crew. Star Trek is, after all, about exploring the unknown, not the exploring the already known.

  12. oh please no not again back to that timeline,allthough i like the new movies they have made a totall mess of the timelines!!!!so please dont mess with that any more!!!!we need the show to go further where the next generation ended,and no worf as captain please!!
    new directions,with great actors and superb plots

  13. Well, I could cry when I hear what they are planning next – continuing that stupid timeline Mr. Abrams layed out in the last two movies.

    I wan’t to see what happens after Voyager returned and aftr the Dominian was defeated. What is happening with the Federation, Klingons, Romulans etc. We’ve followed the events and changes in the Star Trek Universe for more than 500 Episodes of TNG, DS9 and VOY. And now we should forget all that and start watching that ugly sister of “Star Wars”?

    They failed with “going-back-into-the-past-Enterprise” (although I think the series was not sooo bad) and they learned nothing!

    If they really go ahead with this idea, I won’t be watching the show.
    Pity is, if many people would do the same, they’ll end up saying Star Trek is dead, it has no potential left – which is IMHO so wrong.

    However there is light at the end of the tunnel – Star Trek Renegades. Shame on you Paramount, that fans have to finance that project because you’re not having the balls for it.

  14. I can’t describe how sick I feel that there is even a question as to whether a new tv series would be based off of the new movies. As a lifelong Trekker it pains me to see what has become of the franchise. Honestly I never really cared about the movies so the new ones throwing away everything that Roddenberry worked so hard to achieve didn’t really bother me so much. The movies were always kinda hit or miss anyway. But a TV series? There should be no question in anyone’s mind that it needs to be within the original continuity. This article makes it sound as if that is somehow restricting. Nothing could be further from the truth. There is so much potential in another TV series. It shouldn’t be rushed though. It should be thoroughly planned out and well executed. I am willing to wait if it means having a genuine Star Trek product again. The brand has somehow been tainted by these new movies. We need a new modern television show to demonstrate to new viewers what star trek has always been, a study of the human condition, a hopeful view of the future of humanity, a morality play for all ages, a drama to examine the issues of our society and civilization. That is what we need, and that is what I will wait for.

    • you are so right about this!!!!!!!!!!!!i also get sick to my stumach when i even hear people are considering going further on this road to destrucktion with this stupid alternate timeline!the movie’s are good exept for their messing with the timelines,it’s okay to do it a litlle bit but to base a new area on it is so wrong!!i cant explain how wrong …just move on,that’s what gene’s last creation did(the next generation)so well,i watch star trek now in a mixed way,one day i’ll see a voyager,one day a deep space 9,and if i’m really desperate a enterprise,and eveytime i get to the next generation it is stunning to see the level of difference in quality,it’s just so much better than all that other star trek wanna be series…witch have some good episodes buyt the overall feel is….meeehhh…so please a new series in the quality and seriousness of the next generation,in the normal timeline!

      • The reality is that Orci, Kurtzmann and J.J. Abrams, not content to be awful writers, are also lazy. They couldn’t be bothered to work hard and make a product that was consistent with previous projects.

        It’s pretty pathetic considering how much those hacks are paid! (yes I did call J.J. Abrams a hack – and that’s because I want to stay polite!)

    • To be fair, Enterprise already killed the franchise. The bad movies only shot the dead carcass (and no I don’t believe for a moment they were successful since Paramount routinely makes its BO numbers up and exaggerates them mightily – it’s easier than producing hits!)

  15. Got to disagree while i enjoyed Next Gen to me Deep Space 9 was the best. It dared to go a bit darker and had a storyline that was well a storyline. While keeping things different from episode to episode like next gen.

    • I completely agree. Deep Space Nine has always been my favorite. It had the best characters and a storyline that was constant throughout the series. It was essentially the opposite of TOS, TNG and VOY in format. They would wipe the slate clean after each episode and continue on as if nothing had happened. There was no baggage or long term consequences. Because of that I found DS9 far more fulfilling as a series.

  16. Deep space 9 never really feels like Star Trek,darker?no I really don’t see this darkness,oh yes there are some good things like Cisco,and Gul Dukat,Odo,are positives,but Dax with her childish behaviour the constant Ferengi nonsense,the ongoing bajor story witch was really not strong enough to keep it up so many years,the dominion,oh my god…I can’t even grasp what people find so appealing in ds9,and worf wat was the deal with that??it don’t really add anything to it,as I said there were a few good episodes,around,Cisco,and Gul Dukat.also a couple of good O’brian stories,but the rest….was just a soap on a station,very little to do with Star Trek as gene saw it.

  17. A new series set in the future aboard a Federation Time Ship. Those episodes were always fun when time travel was involved. Whats more, the Time Ship can detect a problem (a change in the time line) and resolve it. They did it for Voyager, why not go back and fix the time line so that we can continue in the old universe. Dont get me wrong, I love the 2 new films and am lookin forward to the third, but, I cant help but miss the Voyager, DS9, Next Gen and Enterprise. I wonder what Quark is up to these days lol.

  18. Please dont do a new series based on the new movies dont get me wrong they were good but you cant rewright the original series ask most star trek fans they want star trek to continue from next gen/voyager and ds9 not go back to the begining of star trek it will end up like enterprise good but get cut short becuse its not what people want even use enterprise as a thought look what happend when they tried to make a past star trek rather then a future series

  19. JJ Sucks

    • I second that emotion, although I have to add that it’s his work that bleeps. I’m sure he’s a kind and gentle fellow.

  20. A new Star Trek would be great. I hope they dont fall into the old tired morality (propoganda) trap. The people who are crying to see Trek characters examining our society just need to watch what is broadcast now….there is plenty of that. Go watch the View and leave Sci Fi alone please.

    I liked Enterprise the best because not one of the characters ever harped on their race or culture except the Vulcan. Enterprise showed us a future where we had truly become Earthlings. DS9 was awful. Next Generation was annoying. Voyager was unwatchable. All three had bad plots, bad actors, and too much left wing propoganda for me. There were a few exceptions, but I couldn’t suffer the mess just to enjoy Data, Quark, the Cardassians, and a few other gems.

    Enterprise was the most enjoyable cast, plot, and writing so far, but I am sure the lefty trekkies will win out and we will have another propoganda laced unwatchable debacle.

    • I have to disagree with you on Enterprise. It was awful, made-on-video, poorly acted claptrap and a stain on Scott Bakula’s distinguished career.

  21. Why hasnt the brand looked into making a series about some of the famous wars? Im sure im not the only person who found the episodes where the the star trek cast where at war the most enjoyable, later part of DS9 (dominion) later part of voyager (the borg) mid area of enterprise (zindi)

    to fit with the current popular era of kirk and the original series…. why not look into doing a star trek based around the klingon wars prior to the kitamer accord? (sorry if thats spelt incorrectly) or some other well known war that is mentioned in most if not all the other star treks. A new crew could be formed, the fight scenes would be cool, they could even have a version of enterprises MACOs and do ground fighting on some of the episodes, and to fit with the star trek theme of science and knowledge is more powerful than brute strength, the crew could be faced with science issues to help accomplish military priorities

  22. I have for years wanted to see another series that was centered around Star Fleet Academy. I think including Worf in it would be interesting as maybe Captain of a training ship that could take these cadets with a few well placed Vets on missions of import.

  23. The only way a Star Trek series would be successful is if it wasn’t a reboot of anything, but a completely new cast of characters in new situations — not a “reimagined” series with new people playing old characters in reinterpreted situations. That’s a copout and it’ll fail. It works in movies because movies do not go on, week after week.
    They’d need to expand on the universe. That’s what keeps people coming back for more in Star Trek — new situations, new problems (not necessarily crimes) to solve, new races to deal with, new philosophies to explore, new ways of thinking. Star Trek itself is about exploration, and to just reboot something old would take the franchise’s very essence away.

    • It only “works in the movies” because studios like Paramount get to claim everything they produce is a great box-office success with nobody actually checking if it’s so.

      When you look at their financials, you discover a whole different story.

      • I agree with you. But financials aside, what I mean is that a movie is like fast food, while a [good] TV series is a multi-course meal, soup to nuts. It requires more care, more attention to detail, and a vast knowledge of an entire universe that has already been established.
        There are so many threads they could explore. It’d be a total letdown to real fans if they picked up an old series and set it in a parallel universe. In a word, it’d be “Meh.”

        • Ideally, I think you’re right, although Enterprise did a great job ignoring its universe on purpose because the writers couldn’t be bothered to learn it…

          “Meh” is exactly what I think about J.J. Abrams doing a “re-invention” of Star Trek (or a sequel to Star Wars or anything really – he’s just an awful filmmaker and symbolizes the Old Boys network mentality predominant in Hollywood).

  24. I have written a story of Star Trek where I have combined the The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager and I have named it Voyager 11. The only trouble is that it would be copyright to CBS studios. How could I get this published and get CBS studio’s to notice it as it would make a wonder-full series. Most of the the star characters are in the book.

    • Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but here goes:

      You don’t own the characters so you can’t “publish” any of it legally.

      As to getting it noticed by CBS or Paramount, it’s only a possibility if you are good friend with someone high up in Hollywood.

      Sadly, Hollywood would rather order one more bad project from J.J. Abrams or his clones Orci and Kutzmann than deal with an “unproven” author. They’d much rather deal with people who have proven they can’t do it. It takes the suspense out of the equation.

  25. What makes a series successful is the family feeling, having each others backs and belonging just like TNG. Good cast chemistry. Like Genes vision. Good story. A nice non sterile feeling.

    Enterprise was the opposite. They were always argueing, conflict, mean with each other, being nasty. Cold sterile one color metal shell of a ship that felt like a hospital where sick people go. Very unhappy.

    I think that is what happened to Stargate Universe as well. In that show they were always argueing and nasty and tried find conflict with each other as much as possible and always plotting and stuff. It was the opposite of SG 1. SG 1 they were like a family and happy feeling. That show got 10 seasons. In SG1 the motto was leave no man behind, in universe it was… i’m trying as hard as possible to leave men behind.

    I think in each of us we all want to be happy, spend time with good friends and have fun. I think a subconscious part of the brain relates this to tv shows that mirror this and in turn makes us want to watch them much more.

    No one wants to be unhappy, not belong, and no one wants to spend hours thinking of random ways to cause conflict where there is no need of a conflict just to make someone else unhappy.

    • What makes a series successful is good writing, good acting, good photography, good music , good directing and good producing.

      With Roberto Orci you already won’t have good writing or good producing…

  26. Personally would prefer to see a giant leap into the future of the 29th century star trek with introduction of the time travelling capacity star fleet now has acquired a better understanding of as was introduced back in the voyager days and TNG. Their main objective would be fixing the temporal ripples and altered time lines ect. the usual wibbley wobbley timey whimey stuff, but with fewer doctors and moffats. Especially since there are higher ups back in the kirk era who already know that the timeline now has been altered. Could also have guest appearances from all the other franchises as they bounce around timelines. ship would have to be some thing like the relativity, possibly captained by Braxton.

    major bad guys could be, time traveling Krenim imperative, parallel universe Starfleet wanting to exist, Temporal klingons with chrono deflectors led by Korath, romulan-human alternate universe tasha yar, and the borg.

  27. Personally I prefer the old universe and would love to Michael Dorn reprise his role in Captain Worf. Or even a Deep Space 9 the Next Generation. In my view let movie franchise with the new time line be separate and let CBS do a series in the original timeline/universe.

  28. Reference to my previous comment about writing a book I have still not had a reply as to who might want to publish it or pass it on to CBS, not necessarally to publish but for the theme of the story which I think would make a very good series. Also it would bring a satisfactory end to all three series as most of the characters are in the new story.

    • I did respond. I’m sorry I had only bad news.

      You can’t publish a story about characters you don’t own without the owner’s permission.

      You should contact Paramount and/or CBS and ask them. You chances a a billion to one they’ll even respond as they’re just not interested in hearing from writers they don’t already know.

      sorry I can’t be more helpful.