Jonathan Frakes: Star Trek Isn’t Coming Back To TV

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the final episode of Enterprise, “These Are The Voyages…”, which aired on May 13, 2005 on UPN. The show’s finale marked the end of Star Trek’s run on television.

In the past decade, fans worldwide have asked “When will Star Trek return to TV?”. With no clear answer in sight and another feature film coming next year, the question remains.

Last weekend during a Q&A session at Fan Expo Regina, Jonathan Frakes, who played Commander William T. Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation, was asked about the possibility of a new Star Trek television series. Frakes responded by saying that he had pitched a concept to CBS, which owns the rights to the franchise and unfortunately, and they don’t seem to have any interest in a new Trek series.

Frakes continued by saying that CBS feels it diluted the Star Trek brand throughout the 1990s and early 2000s combined with the poor box office performance of 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis.

With the success of Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness, he said CBS wants to keep the property as focused and concentrated as possible.

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