CBS Interactive CEO Jim Lanzone sat down with CNET’s The 3:59 to talk about Star Trek: Discovery. While he couldn’t reveal much, he did reiterate that Discovery will be “grittier” than past Star Trek series, but indicated that, much in the spirit of the Trek franchise, it will break new ground “culturally and philosophically”.
Lanzone stressed that, much like each of its predecessors, Star Trek: Discovery will “break new ground.”
“It is definitely being done in a different way than it has been done before. It’s going to be very cinematic, very high production value, and grittier, the way a lot of premium cable shows are today. That’s definitely the approach that the team has taken.”
He went on to say that, while Discovery will be different, that’s not unusual for Star Trek.
“The intent is to make a great Star Trek. The people who are doing the show are not CBS executives, they are very talented showrunners. They are people who are steeped in Star Trek and are all very deep into the history of the program and I think the show reflects that.
It is certainly going to be very original and, in a good way, different than what has been put out there before. But that has always been the history of Star Trek. It has always broken new ground culturally, philosophically. It has always been a very intelligent and smart show beyond the dynamics of science fiction and visual effects. Knowing who is making this show and the people who know who the creators are, they know all that and that is absolutely a big part of the show. ”
No plans for naked Klingons in DSC, but anything is possible
Lanzone caught some flak in the past for his comments about the possibility of Discovery having sex and violence, given that it is being broadcast via CBS’s online platform All Access. Since then, the show’s lead Sonequa Martin-Green has gone on record calling the show “bigger, rawer, and grittier”. With that in mind, The 3:59‘s Roger Cheng asked him straight out: Will there be Game of Thrones-level violence and sex?”
“I highly doubt that. The difference is you could if you needed to, right? If the showrunners and creators wanted to tell that story they could because living online there are technically no ratings. In the past someone asked me that question and I said ‘yeah, theoretically’ And then everybody went berserk saying ‘I can’t believe you are going to have naked Klingons!'”
Premiere date still set for fall
“Sometime in the fall,” is all Lanzone had to say about DSC’s premiere date, parroting CBS CEO Les Moonves, who has said that Discovery will hit the airwaves “when it’s ready.”
Listen to the whole interview at CNET.