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Nickelodeon and CBS TV Studios are in talks for a Star Trek animated series from Emmy-winning writers Kevin and Dan Hageman, CBS TV Studios and Kurtzman’s studio-based Secret Hideout banner.

The Hageman brothers are penning the animated series which would be targeted for younger audiences.  This would be the first new Star Trek project outside of CBS All Access.

This project would be a major tentpole series for Nickelodeon under its new president Brian Robbins. It also marks a collaboration between Viacom and CBS Corp companies that likely will become corporate siblings as their parents are headed to a merger.

Source: Deadline

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I think there’s some sense in what Star Trek novelist Dayton Ward said over on Facebook... Which, to paraphrase, was; Star Trek fans lose their poop over Discovery being ‘too mature’ and ‘for adult audiences’ with all of the foul language and whatever being in it, saying, ‘We can’t watch this with our kids’. Then, the same fans, can be heard to complain about a Star Trek series being made, that is actually kid friendly.

Now, for me personally, I can see both sides; Even though I have enjoyed Discovery more so than I’ve had issues with it, it has had its issues. And, for my own personal tastes, the language was one of them. It didn’t fit. It was only there for the sake of being ‘edgy’. Now, on the same token, I can understand why Trekkies and Trekkers who do not like, or even hate, loathe and despise Discovery, may not like the idea of a Trek series being made for kids, in the sense that, they’re essentially saying, ‘But hey, where’s my Trek?’ Or, ‘Where’s a better class of Trek for me, since Discovery sucks?’

But y’know, here’s the thing; Part of Star Trek’s (alleged) problem, was that it had grown too stagnant. Was doomed to forever repeat the same old stories and tropes. It wasn’t ‘fresh and new’ and people, even the aforementioned Trekkies and Trekkers, got tired of the ‘same old, same old’. Not all Trekkies and Trekkers felt that way. I certainly didn’t. But, you take my point.

Then, after one hell of a dry spell, Trek came back in 2009. Was it ‘proper’ Trek? Was it ‘Canon’. To tell you the truth, even while I have spent a lot of time questioning, arguing and debating those questions, in the end it doesn’t even matter. It was ‘new and fresh’, and frankly, I think the service those ‘Nu-Trek’ films serve is as a gateway to the Trek of old, for the younger and uninitiated audiences. Not all of them will dig what they see, when they start looking over TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY or ENT. But, there is still that potential, just like the Doctor Who franchise, for newer viewers to want to go back to the series’ origins.

Okay, that’s all well and good... Then, Discovery comes along. With its admittedly clusterf—k level turmoil behind the scenes, it’s bad or at least questionable writing, and poorly handled (too many cooks in the kitchen, as well as licensing woes between CBS and Paramount) visual designs and series long plot arc. And a lot of us, even those like me who still watched and found things that were good in it, were like, ‘What the hell is this? What the hell were they thinking?’

It took a loooong time for any of the legal and licensing issues to finally bubble to the surface. And a lot of us, who felt obliged to do so, as Trek fans, tried to make sense out of all of the inconsistencies that permeated each and every episode of Discovery.

Now, with Discovery’s second season, it seems like they’re finally starting to realize that things need to be directed and aligned in a certain way, so as to ‘fit’ what has been established. And, yes, I know about the most recent argument over what is considered ‘Canon’ and what is considered ‘Prime’, and how those are both no longer mutually exclusive ideas.

So, that brings us to the here and now. We’re hearing about everything from the Picard series, to a Section 31 series, to at least two separate animated series, et al. And, on the one hand, more Trek sounds great! But, you have to ask yourself, ‘Are the people who are currently running things behind the scenes, actually aware of what Trek is, what made it great, etc?’ And, I honestly don’t have a definitive answer for that. I’d say there’s a lot of ‘yes and no’ potential, there.

Instead, most pointedly looking at this news of an animated series designed to bring up interest in Star Trek for a younger audience, I have to say that the prospect excites me. Because, what that translates as to me, is a whole new audience that will grow up on something Star Trek related. Parents will be able to watch it with their kids. And, as those kids grow up, they too will be able to watch the smarter, more mature series that came before it. The ones most of us grew up on, and still hold a torch for.

So, in essence, I think this is news that should mostly be celebrated. With only hints and whispers of any trepidation and concern.

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