The Star Trek franchise has certainly lived long and prospered but it is set to expand even further with the debut of a new Star Trek TV show. The currently untitled series will premiere on CBS in January 2017 and then stream through CBS's ‘All Access’ thereafter. Rather promisingly, we also know that Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer, Alex Kurtzman, is set to be an executive producer on the project - and Bryan Fuller, who once served as a writer for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Tre: Voyager (and created cult TV shows like Hannibal), will serve as the TV series’ showrunner.
The next Star Trek TV show will follow the adventures of a brand-new set of characters “seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations." However, news that's just in from the bridge of the USS Enterprise reveals that at least one familiar face may be set to make a comeback, with Star Trek TV show veteran Tony Todd reportedly on the casting shortlist for the upcoming series.
During an interview on the MORTIS podcast (hat tip TrekCore), Todd revealed that there is a highly probable chance that he will return in the next Star Trek TV show but he also expressed concern over the 'exclusivity' of the series:
"CBS is doing their own series again... I'm on a very short [casting] list… I'm on the list for a couple [of shows]... It’s a year away. They’re not even going to get official cast until, probably, the fourth quarter of the year. And my only concern about it is that it’s going to be that [CBS All Access] online thing; I don’t understand that part.
I’ve never done a series regular — I’ve always avoided it because I like playing different characters — but this is one year that we’re looking at some stuff, so I’m sure that we’re going to be popping up and everybody’s going to move on on sometime very soon."
Trekkies will fondly remember Todd for his appearances as the Klingon warrior Kurn (Worf’s younger brother) in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He also starred in DS9’s classic episode ‘The Visitor’ as the older Jake Sisko and later played Alpha Hirogen in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. In 2014, he participated in the fan-made short docu-film Prelude to Axanar and more recently he has lent his voice to The Flash’s masked villain Zoom.
With Todd already having played three different characters in the Star Trek universe, it remains unclear whether he would reprise a role and how that would factor in with a newly revamped canon or if he would feature as an all-new character – of which, the possibilities are endless. Once we have that question answered, we will then be keen to find out whether he will be signing on as a series regular this time around.
As Todd mentions above, it will likely be months before we receive official confirmation on whether or not he will be adding the iconic sci-fi franchise to his resume again. Meanwhile, we will be speculating about which other Star Trek veterans could potentially join him – and holding out hope that Fuller's new TV series does right by the larger Star Trek franchise.
Star Trek Beyond opens in U.S. theaters on July 22, 2016. The new Star Trek TV show pilot will premiere on CBS in January 2017 and stream exclusively through CBS All Access thereafter.