So... Shatnerverse rather than Abrams? I approve.Three rumors have emerged regarding the CBS All Access Star Trek series launching in January:
1) The series will be set in the Shatnervese, and not the Quintoverse established in the 2009 J.J. Abrams movie.
2) Rather than confine itself to a single era in Starfleet history, each season of the new series will tackle a different era. Each season could go pre-Archer, post-Janeway, or any timeframe in between.
3) The first CBS season will take place between the events of “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country” and the launch of the Enterprise-D in “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
This is different from the concept Bryan Fuller was considering before he got job running CBS’ Trek. That idea dealt with the new ship and crew operating concurrently with the Abrams-produced movies in the Quintoverse.
It's entirely possible that Paramount execs, who control the Star Trek movie rights, requested that CBS not utilize the Quintoverse established for the big screen in 2009.
If you’ve not heard, “Star Trek VI” writer-director Nicholas Meyer is helping Fuller write the new Trek series.
Jumping around in history? I don't approve. You'll get a season to grow to like characters, then they'll all get switched out on you?!
Although I guess it might be interesting to see a Vulcan who was alive before Archer, then the same character still around 300 years later after Picard.
I do think there's some potential there for stuff set after ST VI, though. There's a good 80 years of stuff there that we know very little about. Like, what made the Romulans withdraw from contact with the Federation? How rocky was the road to peace and alliance between the Klingons and the Federation? As but one idea, you could have a big chunk of the Empire hive off and remain militant and aggressive whilst the rest moves more towards peace, perhaps.
I wonder if they'd stick with Excelsior as the main ship of that era, though? Surely they'd be tempted to run some new design out. In fact one thing that bothers me about any prequel is that they'd probably trample over the established look of the era to give us a "cool" ship. See the NX class for an example.