Jonathan Frakes Talks About the Star Trek Television Series He Pitched to Paramount

Jonathan Frakes

Jonathan Frakes, who played Lieutenant Commander William Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation, revealed in an interview with UGO that he had once pitched a Star Trek project to CBS and Paramount, which was turned down by the studio.

“I had a Star Trek [project] that I developed for TV, and we were told in no uncertain terms that they said no to Bryan Singer television Star Trek, they said no to a William Shatner television Star Trek.  They feel at CBS Paramount that they don’t want to make the same mistake that’s been made before, which was watering down the brand by having a TV show and a movie.  That’s what happened with Star Trek: Nemesis, and that’s why I think Star Trek: Enterprise didn’t last the way they expected to.  It was the classic corporate greed of “we’ve got something good, so let’s continue to milk it” and we milked it so dry that the fans had no appetite for a movie.  So I think what they’ve done by taking time off before the Abrams Star Trek, and they’re doing it again because they haven’t even begun to shoot the second one, is a much smarter business plan. Much to my chagrin! Not that wouldn’t love the Titan, or the Rikers in Space, or any of those shows on the air.”

Source: UGO

  • Bill Niles

    How great would have this been? I mean, adventures of the Titan! Damn, wish this would have happened.

  • Caleb

    I’ve read some of the Star Trek Titan novels, good stuff! I would have loved to have seen this on screen though.

  • Jim Hilton

    While I understand Paramount not wanting to over saturate the Trek market, I too would have loved to have seen this. Riker, Troi and kids!

    • Caleb

      Yeah, maybe make things a little awkward when Worf makes a guest appearance. :)

  • Katie Dumas

    I want my Rikers in Space!!! :(

  • Stitchmain

    This would’ve been a great series. Anyone who has read the Titan novels would have loved this. And even if you didn’t read a novels it would still be great. the titan has such a diverse crew with many different species, I feel it would’ve made a great show; why paramount didn’t see that is only because of their greed of what the movies can bring them financially . I guess their motto is “fans be damned”.