New Star Trek TV show could be an animated series

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A new Star Trek TV show is looking slightly more likely than it was a little while ago, judging from the slightly cryptic interview movie producer Roberto Orci gave TrekMovie the other day. Orci says the talks over a Trek television show aren't real yet, but "they are almost real." Adds Orci, "The relevant parties haven't sat down in a room together, but they have sent messages through intermediaries."

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In other words, any TV show is probably a long way off, since the "relevant parties" haven't even spoken face to face yet, including CBS. There may have been some semaphore action.

And it sounds like Orci, at least, is most excited about the idea of an animated Trek series — given that an animated show would have the least risk of "cannibalizing" demand for a third Trek movie, assuming it starts right before or after J.J. Abrams' second movie. (Much like the way Tron: Uprising isn't seen as killing the demand for a third Tron movie — probably the reverse, if anything.) And Orci seems to think it could involve the cast of the movies, having adventures in between the films. So, similar to the 1970s animated series, in other words.

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The only question now is, will we finally get to see Lt. M'Ress again? And will there be a sequel to "The Magicks of Megas-Tu"? [Trek Movie]

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James Whitbrook

I'd love to see a new 'original' Trek series that just happened to be animated - traditionally, or even something in the vein of The Clone Wars' recent - and pretty gorgeous looking - efforts in CGI animation (Oh man, that would be really cool!). Not a continuation of the JJ-verse, or something like that, just a new crew, a new ship and setting, in the post DS9/Voyager era.

I mean, a JJ-verse cartoon might be cool, but I'd rather they keep that to the movies and do something new for TV.