Sunday was CBS’s day to present on the Winter 2020 Television Critics Association press tour, around the main presentation were various press interviews. We’ve rounded up the interesting bits that have come out of the reports from the day.
Two more live-action Trek projects on the way
During the TCA press event CBS Trek head honcho Alex Kurtzman told Variety: “We are actively developing a lot of things right now …There’s some really exciting things on the horizon.”
TrekCore shared more details from the morning press event, where Kurtzman gave an explicit number to the statement Variety had, saying: “There are two more live action shows that haven’t been announced yet.”
What are these two shows?
The executives were of course unable to comment on just what those two new shows would be. But TrekMovie can offer some educated guesses: one may well be the Starfleet Academy from creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz. The academy show has been a possible project since June 2018. So it seems like it may be one of the most mature projects in the Trek project incubator.
Certainly fans are hoping that the second show would be the “Pike’s Enterprise” type series with Anson Mount, Ethan Peck, and Rebecca Romijn. Of course the executives remained tight lipped about that when asked, saying only:
As for more Star Trek focusing on Pike and Spock, #CBSAllAccess says they've heard the fans and there are regular conversations happening.
Whatever that means. #TCA20
— Aaron Pruner (@AaronFlux) January 12, 2020
Section 31 in “active development”
We still haven’t seen an official announcement about the Section 31 show yet, but it seems reasonable to expect one soon, since it is supposed to go into production on the heels of Discovery season 3 to utilize the common assets, sets, wardrobe, behind-the-scenes crew, etc. Secret Hideout exec Heather Kadin did however confirm it’s still coming, telling the press group:
[‘Section 31’ is] in active development. So that’s obviously a huge priority; Michelle [Yeoh’s] character [Georgiou] is so unique, and you’ve never seen that before. Again, it has to fall under the guise of, ‘is this [show] a unique space we haven’t explored yet?’
No MCU-style crossover events
A common question for CBS Trek head honcho Alex Kurtzman was one about following the Marvel model of big crossover events. Kurtzman told Variety that viewers can expect “little references to story points between different series,” but nothing major.
When asked about doing a major team-up type of story he reiterated that they felt no pressure to do so:
I only want to do that kind of thing if there’s a really good reason to do it, not just to do it because we can, there’s obviously a lot of precedent in the ‘Star Trek’ universe for people in different timelines to merge, but, again, we have to have a damn good reason to do it. So we’re taking it slow. We’re being methodical and deliberate.
CBS Trek content for 2020 is ready
While at the LA red carpet event for Picard TrekCore got a chance to ask Heather Kadin about the readiness of Discovery season 3 and Lower Decks season 1. She revealed that both shows should be ready to go by May, after the first season of Picard ends its run. When asked which was coming first, she noted that it was up to the CBS All Access executives. So as of right now which show is up after Picard has yet to be determined.
Keep up with all the news on upcoming Star Trek shows here at TrekMovie.com