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William Shatner and Jonathan Frakes both pitched Star Trek TV shows

Illustration for article titled William Shatner and Jonathan Frakes both pitched Star Trek TV shows

Star Trek hasn't been on television since Enterprise went away in 2005, but that's not for lack of trying. Not only did Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies) pitch a show, but so did past stars William Shatner and Jonathan Frakes.

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At least, Frakes told UGO in an interview published today:

I had a Star Trek 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.

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I'm guessing that by "Bryan Singer" he meant "Bryan Fuller," although you never know. I'm also guessing that "the Rikers in Space" was the show that Frakes himself pitched. (Would you really want a whole show of Deanna and William as the main characters?) "The Titan" presumably also refers to the ship that Riker became captain of.

(Update: Anthony with TrekMovie tells us that Shatner's pitch was over a decade ago, and so was Singer's.)

So what do you think Shatner's pitch was about? Could we have finally gotten a television version of Shatner's famous "Kirk destroys the Borg with his pinky" novels? Or even a Tekwar crossover?

Top image: 235 Pixellated Star Trek characters by John Martz, via Geekologie. The two people who can name the most of them get a free print.

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A new ST series should be set just after the Dominion war (there as an idea for that floated in what became Enterprise),.

The Federation is weakened, lot's of smaller formally non threatening empires etc start moving in like Wolves, some Worlds start having Federation secession movements because the Federation couldn't defend them in the War, some in the Fed want a more militarised system....it could be epically bleak :)