There's a slew of "potential new" Star Trek shows underway, per report

Newly-minted Star Trek Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman has signed a five-year overall deal with CBS where he'll supervise the expansion of the Star Trek TV franchise

EW reports that Kurtzman has signed a five-year deal with CBS Television Studios, which includes expanding the Star Trek franchise for television. Production for season two of DISCOVERY is under way, and Kurtzman directed the premiere episode. As a result, news that Kurtzman would develop new "Star Trek" was seen as Stewart's door to return by many.

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Kurtzman recently took over the captain's chair on Star Trek: Discovery after Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg were reportedly fired following budgetary concerns and reports of staff mistreatment.

In addition, Patrick Stewart, who portrayed Capt. Jean-Luc Picard on The Next Generation, hinted recently that he may be reprising his role on Star Trek: Discovery or perhaps another one of the Kurtzman shows. However, since going off the air in 1994 most "Star Trek" properties have either returned to the original series, such as the Chris Pine-led film reboots, or been billed as prequels, such as "Discovery" and "Star Trek: Enterprise".

Variety has some details on what the other in-development Star Trek shows might be: a series "set [at] Starfleet Academy from creators Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz"; a limited series based around the Wrath of Khan storyline; an animated series with plot details still under wraps; and another live-action limited series.

Variety describes the final two in-development series as "an animated series" and "a limited series", with the plot details now unknown. Stapf commended Kurtzman's "talent, taste, and ability to shepherd a successful project" as being unmatched by anyone else in the industry. With the man behind the mature, fresh, engaging return of Star Trek behind the wheel, you'd expect it to be a Star Trek for the ages.

Since 2010, Kurtzman has served as executive producer of the series HAWAII FIVE-0, which remains one of the top-20 most-watched programs on television and a mainstay of CBS' Friday night schedule.

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