Saturday’s Star Trek Universe panel at San Diego Comic-Con had some big reveals for three (of five) of the current Star Trek series. While the event focused primarily on those three shows, the man in charge of the Star Trek universe for Paramount+ dropped some hints as to what’s next for the television franchise.
Expect two more shows, possibly with female leads
The Star Trek Universe panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 consisted of three sub-panels for Picard, Lower decksand Strange New Worlds, leaving executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Rod Roddenberry on each. A few times during the show-specific discussions, Kurtzman mentioned other things in development, although each time it came in response during fan Q&A and questions about more representation in Star Trek.
A deaf fan (via an interpreter) mentioned how inspiring it was to have Bruce Horak (Hemmer) represent the blind community Strange New Worlds, Kurtzman suggests doing “the next thing” and bringing in a deaf performer. Kurtzman replied:
It’s a great idea and definitely something we’ll include in the next one [pauses for dramatic effect] two Star Trek shows that we are currently evolving.
The next hint of what might be coming came in response to another fan who mentioned how impressed she was with the “robust female characters over the past few shows” and asked if there would be a spin-off with a female captain could, possibly starring Jeri Ryan or Gates McFadden. Kurtzman replied:
First of all, I would say anything is possible. And I say – without giving too much away – you can certainly expect to see more Star Trek shows with female leads.
And for the record, McFadden’s response was, “Sweet. I know how to drive a ship, remember that” before turning to talk about Picard season 3.
What could they be… and when?
The last new Star Trek series announced by CBS Studios and Paramount+ was Strange New Worlds in spring 2020, but even before that they had already announced a development discovery Spinoff starring Michelle Yeoh that focuses on Section 31. It has also since been confirmed that a Starfleet Academy show is in the works. As for more female-star spinoffs, Jeri Ryan has made it clear she’d welcome the chance of one Picard Spin off with Seven and Raffi. And recently Star Trek: Voyageris and wonder child) Kate Mulgrew has dropped some hints of a return to live-action.
Earlier this year, Paramount+ executives suggested that the next show to earn an official series order would be the lengthy Yeoh/Section 31 project. An announcement should come this year, with Picard Upon completion of next year, Paramount would need to add another show into development fairly soon to sustain the current volume of new original Trek content (especially live-action content) into 2024 and beyond.
How much Trek does Paramount+ want?
Maintaining the current level of Star Trek content, with five series totaling around 50 episodes per year, may not be a given. Pressure from Wall Street is forcing a reassessment of some of the big spends of the past few years as major studios struggled to establish a presence with their own streaming services. Paramount has already acknowledged a change of strategy, changing its previous promise of releasing a new film every week on Paramount+ to one every two weeks.
Kurtzman seems optimistic, telling TrekMovie in May, “I think Paramount+ strives to have as many shows as it makes sense. I don’t think they’re giving a number… They just said, ‘Let’s do great shows.’ As many as we can give them to look forward to, I think we can get away with that.”
And based on his recent comments from Comic-Con, it sounds like Kurtzman is still working on creating more Star Trek content for Paramount+.
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