original story 6/11/2010

With the absence of any first-run Star Trek television series since Star Trek: Enterprise ended its fourth year abruptly in 2004, the recent feature film, Star Trek (2009), only served to remind fans how much they miss their weekly dose of the biggest sci-fi television franchise of all time. Fans are getting restless with anticipation of what will come next.

NOTE TO FANS: Hollywood has been reminded of this, too, and wants to get you back on your proverbial 'drug.'

Several individuals and groups are currently working on what could be the next Star Trek television series, with ideas ranging from a Starfleet Academy setting, to something hundreds of years after the Voyager crew returned to Earth. These efforts are coming from fans, as well as those within the industry.

CBS/Paramount has heard several pitches for a new Star Trek series, while repeatedly insisting they have no interest at this time. With the recent feature film breaking box office records once thought to be untouchable by Star Trek, CBS has indeed taken notice and would be foolish to balk so quickly at a sixth live-action television series.

It was in 1979 that Star Trek: The Motion Picture helped bring to light the enormity and dedication of the Star Trek fan base, and eventually led to another television series. Now, Star Trek (2009) has likely done the same.

Attendance at the 45th Anniversary Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas was another key indicator to the powers that be that the time is ripe for a new series, as the largest venue ever for a Star Trek convention was packed with a standing room only crowd. A poll taken at the yearly convention showed that 25% of the attendees had never been to a convention before.

While some insiders have recently suggested that Paramount would be unlikely to over-saturate the fans again with simultaneous movies and series, the fact remains that the height of the franchise came in the early to mid 90's with the movies: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Generations (1994), and First Contact (1996), while the series: The Next Generation (1987-1994), and Deep Space Nine (1993-1999) were both on television.

The lesson should be that good writing will always draw audiences like moths to a flame. We can only hope that the next flame is written with a vision and vigor that resembles that of the latest movie, while remaining accessible to the fans on a wider reaching outlet than the ill-fated UPN.