CW President Says He Wants Star Trek

This May will mark ten-years since Star Trek: Enterprise on UPN went off the air. With the 50th anniversary of the franchise right around the corner and fans clamoring for Trek’s return to television, The CW’s president Mark Pedowitz has revealed that he’s interested in a new Star Trek series for the network.

Star Trek could wind up back on TV at The CW

During the Executive Session of the Television Critics Association press tour, Pedowitz was asked if The CW would be interested in a new Star Trek series.

The CW president answered by saying “As a life-long ‘Star Trek’ fan, I would hope to have ‘Star Trek’ at The CW,” and going on to clarify, by saying “I have heard no discussion about it going out as a TV series at all,”.

The CW is currently the home to other genre TV shows, including Arrow, The Flash and The Vampire Diaries.

Will Star Trek return to television? While nothing is certain, the fan interest and current landscape sure seem right.

via HitFix

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  • DS9 is King

    I hope a new Star Trek TV series with a new ENTERPRISE post Romulas Destruction in the 2400 but JJ Abrams is preventing it till he releases the next movie, ass.

    • Brian

      It has long been rumored that there was a “gentlemen’s agreement” between Paramount and CBS that there won’t be a new weekly series until after three movies. But that means we could get a new Trek for Fall 2016, a few months after Star Trek 13, and they’d have to start planning it late this year.

    • SimpsonsGoldenAge

      Ew there was no Romulus destruction in the prime verse, not canon!

  • NursultanTulyakbay

    Meh. I can watch all of them on Netflix.

    • Brian

      Fresh new blood creative team, please. No Berman & Co. and no Orci and Co. Set it in the Prime Universe 75 years after TNG/DS9/VOY. Me, I’d set it aboard a Mega-Enterprise, a mobile base ship outfitted with several Enterprise-A/Voyager sized starships conducting the first circumnavigation of the galaxy in a post-Borg, post-Dominion galaxy.

      • sirmichaelvalentine

        if trek gets brought back for next year their looking at star trek renegades which seems to be very perfect, very dark and gritty ,which is what they’re looking for, all channels that play sci fi has said over the years for a new trek it has to be darker for anyone to consider picking it up

        so here it is renegades is perfect and set 10 years after voyagers return why does everyone want a setting almost 80 years after voyager dont you want to see your favorite characters return for ether a long arc or a short cameo

        so having the setting 80 years afterwards cuts out everyones chances of returning do fans of star trek really hate all the classic characters

  • chaotik_lord

    I’m horrified by this idea. I’ve been following a lot of alternative series, and I would LOVE Renegades or a few others to be picked up. But the network that is CW fills me with fear. Would Roddenberry’s vision be tainted by teen angst and photogenic problems?

    • eric

      I know right. I’m afraid CW will butcher Star Trek. CW is to much of a teenager channel

    • ziplock9000

      Gene’s vision was already fucked by JJ

      • Brian

        No reason whatsoever a new show needs to be in the JJ universe, the the film franchise keep their Vulcan- and Romulan-free galaxy. And I wouldn’t mind a couple of younger characters to go along with the more seasoned professionals on the ship. They’d need good casting, or we’d just get more blah performances like Garrett Wang and Anthony Montgomery, who tried and failed to appeal to younger viewers on Voy and Ent.

        • kerys

          The AbramsVerse isn’t Romulan-free. It’s set before the destruction of Romulus.

          STID is set entirely in 2258, and Romulus is destroyed in the Prime Universe over a century later in 2387.

      • seven

        I don’t entirely agree that Abrams fuck ed it up its different for sure but it’s introducing his universe . I did still see some of genes ideal in there but I think if it was a tv series we would see more of genes ideals in it. But I do feel that it felt more like an action movie

    • seven

      I agree I want to see gene’s vision up holded. I would hate to see it become your average action movie. What makes star trek good is that it discusses the human condition and societal issues.

    • Dusty Ayres

      No one will ever waste money making a movie out of a fan show-please be realistic (remember that word?) and stop wishing for things that will never happen.

      Also, please stop all of the hate for Abrams & co.-their version is popular, and is the one making money and getting fans to see anything with Star Trek-most likely if there’s a new TV show, it’ll mist likely be one based off of the new movies and not anything from past Star Trek epochs. Those are dead, let them be so.

      • sirmichaelvalentine

        star trek renegades isnt a fan show its crowd funded but their are legit trek actors and writers on it for example trek vet tuvok tim russ wrote directed and stared in the pilot that hes shopping around to get a new trek going because with all this crappy JJ movies thats stopping anything trek someone has to step up and say star trek is better on tv wear it started from.

        • Dusty Ayres

          I’m sorry, but a bunch of old fossils from the previous (and to the general population, failed) shows starring and directing in a fan film isn’t amazing enough to be ‘better’ than the official films.

          As for what Gene wanted, as he said in 1964, Star Trek was a science fiction/action adventure show. If you and the other deluded idiot fans can’t get that, too bad for the lot of you. And professional shows aren’t crowd-funded, only fan productions are. Learn how to spell, form sentences properly, and get a life; I said what I had to say month’s ago, and you’re responding to me in order to bash me for not being so enthused with Renegades? I don’t think that these fan shows are better than the new movies (with a few exceptions.) That’s it.

  • Chris Shipley

    For a Trek news site you were very slow with this story

  • Brad Harris

    CW, Let me draft up a good pitch and a pilot and I’ll get you your Star Trek show.

  • Dos

    As long as it’s set in the proper Star Trek universe, NOT JJ Abram’s.

  • U.S.S. PEPSI

    I think the new Star Trek series should be about the new Enterprise set in the 25th Century. So, it’ll be either the Enterprise-F or the Enterprise-G

  • Vincent Ballester

    If you read the Star Trek Voyager book series they have come a long way with tech and would make for a great series!

  • nerdrrage

    Star Trek should not be on the CW or CBS. Broadcast is circling the drain. They are trying to hold on to their old business model of appealing to a large audience (for CW, it’s young females; for CBS, old farts who watch CSI) and that’s not right for a Star Trek series, which should appeal to a niche audience of sci fi fans and fans of good TV. TV is going niche anyway, so might as well jump on the trend.

    Star Trek belongs on Netflix, which has all the old TV series and movies. Netflix knows exactly who watches those – and has their email addresses! – how much easier can the marketing get than to be able to email your potential audience? No more crap about Star Trek getting cancelled because 20 million people aren’t watching. However, Amazon would also be acceptable. CBS can air the series in the summer in conjunction with Netflix or Amazon, and increase the audience accordingly, but most viewers would be on streaming, where they are now anyway.

    • trojoe

      I just finished working on the first season of an upcoming Netflix series called Bloodline. If Netflix gets in the Trek game, I’m all over it. I’ll sleep outside the offices until I’m given a job on set.

    • trojoe

      PS – You’re spot on regarding networks and their demos.

    • Dusty Ayres

      Netflix can’t afford a Star Trek TV show, and neither can CBS or the CW, or even Showtime.

      • SimpsonsGoldenAge

        Nonsense

        • Dusty Ayres

          Truth. If CBS wanted to make one, they’d done so already, but they haven’t does so due to the expense of filming a TV show like Star Trek (which goes into the high millions for salaries and SFX.) Try and be realistic, and see the situation like a executive would; reality TV, sports, sitcoms, and crime shows cost less to make (especially reality TV and crime shows.)

        • Dusty Ayres

          Truth. And CBS doesn’t want to do one because of said cost.

  • trojoe

    The CW is a great home for Star Trek if you happen to think the JJ-verse wasn’t violent or sexy enough.
    SMGDH

  • pete reyes

    if they wanted to get the teenager crowd start do it like a 90210 in space but us Starfleet academy and get top teens to play the parts if not go with a spin off like mr seven make the part of seven to be old cast member different mr .seven its just a thought

    • seven

      Gene roddenberry would roll over in his grave it’s not ment to be a gossip show. That would be a slap in the face to gene. Star trek is ment to discuss humanity and societal issues not who is sagging who.

  • Andrew Korn

    the best thing they could do is set in kirks time with new cast and state its new timeline after the jj era has been wiped clean ,….have gary mitchel in first 8 or so episodes then redo slightly “where no man has gone before” first 5 seasons could be the 5 year mission from beginning to end next 2 seasons could be start of next 5 year mission …then either spin off rest of 5 year mission into movies again or do a full 10 year season with both 5 year missions shown on tv

    • Mark

      Noooo. No more 23rd cent. We’ve been there, done that. 25th onwards, please

  • A

    Yes please.

  • Stef

    Yes make it so…

  • Duncan Fisher

    I’d love to see a series revolving around the Enterprise E with Captain Picard and the old crew back. I wasn’t ready for JJ’s “Neo-Trek” at all. It’s not a bad popcorn flick, but it isn’t Star Trek.

    I know I’m dreaming regarding Picard and the Enterprise E. But give us something a little more mature than glossy iEnterprises and snow white sets please. I’d love to see a dark Star Trek show, one based on war. Maybe the Borg are all up in Star Fleet’s business, and the only hope from total assimilation lies with a small ship which no one thought could pull off saving Sector 001. Perhaps a Nova class ship, one that has to use subterfuge and cunning to save Earth instead of brute power.

    • milojthatch

      No more war settings!

  • gamersglory

    Set it in the Prime Universe 25 years after TNG/DS9/VOY I don’t see this as interfering with the Abrams moves . You could even Base a new series off of The better story points in Star Trek Online. Would do better on SYFY

    • Asaf

      I wholeheartedly agree. 25th – 28th century and onward.
      (Though some crossovers, as always, are most welcome)

      • SimpsonsGoldenAge

        What’s the point of setting it at that time?

        • Asaf

          First of all – because it will be an entirely new time period for star trek to explore, and I for one think this is an exciting idea.
          Another reason is the advancement in CGI, which is very problematic for the star trek universe. I’ll explain:
          TOS was shot during the 60’s and despite it’s being very well written and acted, in today’s visual standards it obviously wouldn’t have passed. During the late 80’s a new show came along – TNG. it was shot using the most advanced visual effects of that era, including some cutting edge CGI. The two following shows, DS9 and then Voyager came a few years later, both in the real world and in the star trek universe.
          Any changes to the technology available to the crew on those shows was acceptable by fans since the change was never so dramatic.
          However, when STE came along, as many had pointed out before me, the ship and the technology seemed far more advanced than any technology from all the previous shows, and most problematic was it’s being more advanced than on TOS (at least visually).
          Since no one will invest time and money in filming the way TOS was filmed, I don’t think a show set somewhere before any of the previous shows will have large success. Unless, the show will be a continuation of the J.J. Abrahams reboot.

          • SimpsonsGoldenAge

            There’s no reason to jump another hundred years when so much was happening in the Federation post DS9.

  • milojthatch

    I’d love to see a show set in the time between Enterprise and TOS. I agree with Berman, the problem with the 25th century is that it becomes so technological it becomes silly. This was one of the biggest issues on Voyager at the end.

  • Nagus

    As long as it is set in the PRIME UNIVERSE instead of the Abrams shitfest universe!!!

  • Juanne Michaud

    As I’m sure everyone knows, there is a movement afoot to reboot “Enterprise” to give us the 2 seasons we missed. If the CW will take it, I’ll support that, although my first instinct is to say that syndication is the best bet for Trek, followed by whatever streaming service. It may be CBS will keep it for their own service. But I miss my show and want to see it again w/new episodes.

  • A new show in the original time line would be fantastic. The JJAbrams experiment was a good one movie deal but the second move showed the trap of rewriting classic ST to suit fan expectations (poorly I might add).. A third movie’s endeavor should be to undo the creation of the alternate timeline. The gaps of years between movies also deflates the storyline impacts, where as the 3rd movie should pick up at the end of the five year mission and touch upon Kirk as Admiral. Granted we aren’t going to have the beloeved classic actors on screen but I’m sure we weren’t ready to write-off the Next Gen cast.