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J.J. Abrams recently crushed the dreams of Star Trek fans when he said a return to television isn’t in the frachise’s future, as CBS executives have said they’re not interested in another series. However, Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer and executive producer Roberto Orci apparently indicated there may be hope yet.
In a tweet sent late last week, Sky New reporter Joe Machalczuk wrote, “”Bob Orci just told me they’ve had a meeting with CBS to revive @StarTrek on TV…This made me v[ery] excited.”
While this tweet is pretty vague there’s a lot to unpack here: First, having a meeting about the series is not very surprising. Orci and his writing/producing partner Alex Kurtzman not only penned both Abrams films, but also have a solid track record on television (from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys to Fringe to the current Sleepy Hollow). Also, just because there’s a meeting, doesn’t mean anything’s actually going to move forward. It’s also worth questioning who the meeting was with and where they are in the process of these talks.
Still, even keeping a skeptical eye towards this news, it could be fun to get a solid Star Trek series on television again. Genre TV is huge right now, with Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. showing that you can do a series set in a world that mainly exists on the big screen.