The New Star Trek Series Can Feature All the Sex, Blood, and Profanity It Wants

Here’s something you may not have realized about Bryan Fuller’s upcoming Star Trek TV series being on CBS’ All Access thingie instead of CBS proper: it’s not beholden to Network Standards and Practices, meaning it can be more graphic than any Trek series before. But that doesn’t mean it will.


Speaking with Collider, Fuller said the following:

Because we’re CBS All Access, we’re not subject to network broadcast standards and practices. It will likely affect us more in terms of what we can do graphically. But Star Trek’s not necessarily a universe where I want to hear a lot of profanity, either.

Given Fuller’s respect for the series (remember he got his start as a fan who submitted scripts to Deep Space 9), I wouldn’t worry about him turning the show into a Tarantino-esque bloodbath. And he’s dead-on about the profanity, too—it would be tough to see Trek’s version of the future as particularly optimistic if everyone is cursing like a sailor all the time.

But having that freedom surely won’t be bad. If nothing else we should get some fascinatingly horrific transporter accidents.


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Am I the only one worried about this “CBS All Access” thing? Like, maybe we’re truly on the cusp of the streaming revolution, and by the time the first season of this series ends, everyone will be cutting cable and paying to stream CBS... but in all likelihood, they won’t.

Netflix is the giant in streaming so they can do all the original content they want (and their shows are fairly successful too, at least the big ones), HBO could do it because they’re HBO and they have Game of Thrones, but is a Star Trek series enough for this to be profitable for CBS? I keep waiting for Amazon to announce we won’t get more of The Man in the High Castle because not enough people cared about their original content offerings, and Yahoo! Screen went under after little-more-than two years after having produced a season of Community.

I’m just worried that CBS won’t spend any money on this show because they think of it as little more than some YouTube webseries, so it’ll look like the first season of TNG (or at least Babylon 5), and then they’ll shutter the whole thing (or at least the original content production) when they don’t get 5 million new subscribers because of Star Trek.

I mean, that teaser trailer did not look great. Obviously it’s completely unfair to judge the whole series on some pre-production, text-only, teaser trailer, but it looked like some fan-made trailer for a fan film. It’s all... troubling.