CBS rejected Jonathan Frakes pitch for Star Trek
Actor and director Jonathan Frakes has revealed that his idea for a revival of Star Trek on television was turned down.
The actor played Commander William Riker in Star Trek: The Next Generation and also the feature movies based on the series. The actor also reprised the role of Riker for fellow spin-offs Deep Space Nine, Voyager and the finale of Enterprise (in a somewhat contoversial appearance amongst fans who felt it detracted away from Enterprise itself). During his time on Star Trek Frakes turned his hand to directing as well helming episodes of Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and the movies First Contact and Nemesis. His directing career has continued with episodes of Dollhouse and V under his belt.
In a recent interview with UGO the actor revealed he had pitched an idea for reviving Star Trek on television but it was turned down – but he also reveals she wasn’t the only one who was turned down.
“I had a Star Trek that I developed for TV, and we were told in no uncertain terms that they said no to [a] Bryan Singer television Star Trek, they said no to a William Shatner television Star Trek. They feel at CBS/Paramount that they don’t want to make the same mistake that’s been made before, which was watering down the brand by having a TV show and a movie. That’s what happened with Star Trek: Nemesis, and that’s why I think Star Trek: Enterprise didn’t last the way they expected to.” – Jonathan Frakes speaking to UGO
The last Star Trek series on television was Enterprise which was cancelled in 2005 because of low ratings. It was the first Star Trek television series to be cancelled (instead of naturally coming to an end) since the original series in 1969. Since then the franchise has been concentrated on the film arm with the successful reboot by J.J Abrams of which a sequel has already been commissioned. The prospect of a new ‘generation’ of television series’ based on Trek though doesn’t seem likely for the foreseeable future.