Last week ViacomCBS announced that there are two more Star Trek TV shows in the works. That’s two more in ADDITION to Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Discovery. That’s also in addition to the upcoming Star Trek: Section 31 (or whatever the end up calling the Section 31 show with Michelle Yeoh), the upcoming animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks, and the upcoming untitled Trek series on Nickelodeon.
What they didn’t tell us in that announcement is what those two new shows will be about. So we went to work digging up old contacts and harrassing new ones trying to find out. Eventually we hit paydirt.
We’ve heard from two different sources now that one of those two shows will likely be about Captain Pike and the crew of his NCC-1701 Enterprise. The series will follow Captain Christopher Pike and his crew as they take the Enterprise out on a new five-year mission to explore strange new worlds.
UPDATE: Our initial exclusive report has now been confirmed by the site WGTC where they affirm that Captain Pike and the Enterprise is now, indeed, in active development at CBS.
For those less familiar with Star Trek lore, Captain Kirk was never the first Captain of the NCC-1701 Enterprise. There were actually two before him: Robert April was the ship’s first captain, Christopher Pike was her second captain, and James T. Kirk was her third and final master.
Pike was first seen on screen in the unaired pilot for the original Star Trek. The studio wasn’t happy with that pilot, so Gene Roddenberry recast and came up with Captain Kirk. But Pike continued on as part of Trek canon and recently resurfaced on Star Trek: Discovery as a major part of the show in season 2.
Recently Anson Mount played Captain Pike on Star Trek: Discovery and the actor struck a chord with fans in the role. After one season the Discovery’s story has moved in a different direction. That leaves Captain Pike and his crew aboard the Enterprise in a completely different time period. With the Pike character free to move away from Discovery, Trek fans have clamored for a spinoff. CBS heard what fans wanted and now at last they’re working on giving it to them.
Alex Kurtzman, the man currently in charge of Trek at CBS has in the past confirmed that when it comes to Pike and the Enterprise, CBS is listening. He told THR: “The fans have been heard”.
In the past Mount has been very open to the idea of returning. When asked if he’d do a Captain Pike show at Star Trek Las Vegas he said, “Obviously, it’s something I would love to do. It was never on my bucket list because I never thought it is something that could be on my bucket list. It would be wonderful. I love the franchise. I love these people.”
Both our sources were emphatic that this isn’t a done deal yet. CBS has several different options they’re considering turning into one of these two new Star Trek series’. The Captain Pike show is just their frontrunner right now. Whether the Pike and the Enterprise series happens depends on a lot of things. In particular it depends on whether they can get Anson Mount back as Pike.
CBS also hopes to get Rebecca Romijn back as Number one and Ethan Peck back as Spock, but they might be willing to consider recasting those roles if they have to. What they must have is Anson Mount as Pike. If they don’t have him there is no show at all.
Ethan Peck has sounded up for the job in the past. When asked about playing Spock again by TV Guide he said, “I would like to come back, because being a part of Star Trek is like magic. It’s funny, I think Star Trek is so divisive amongst people in the world that are like, “Never seen it, not interested.” And those that do see it are very attached and find themselves very connected with it. To be a part of something like that is just really special. Now I feel like I’ve done a lot of the groundwork and Spock is very much a part of me. I’m the same but different having finished it. So would I like to continue? Yeah. I think it would be great.”
Last we heard Anson Mount’s contract with CBS was done, so they’ll have to do some renegotiating to bring him into the fold. That said, Mount doesn’t currently have a lot of other commitments and our sources are pretty confident that when all is said and done, Captain Pike and the Enterprise will end up being one of the two new Star Trek shows CBS will produce.