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Old November 28 2011, 04:36 PM   #137
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Re: Re-booting TNG For TV?

Temis the Vorta wrote: View Post
nuBSG was a creative success but not so much a ratings success.
But it still lasted 4 seasons. Given the average life expectancy of science fiction programming on American television (network or otherwise), any show that survives 4 seasons has to be considered as success. That goes for Enterprise, too. Yeah, it's all "what have you done for me lately" but Enterprise lasted 4 seasons while Firefly failed after a dozen episodes, and during its run many other SF series died quick deaths. Do the math. (Put aside quality considerations - Hollywood doesn't care about that).

Trek is really missing out on not doing an animated series IMO.
That's definitely the most slam-dunky way to get Trek back on TV - animated series based on the Abrams' movie characters (with or without the movie actors doing the voice work), on The Cartoon Network, maybe paired back to back with The Clone Wars assuming it's still on TV when a Trek series debuts. If not, take over the timeslot.
Since the thread is more about TNG, I'd say a TNG animated series is probably the best bet, especially when you consider a number of the TNG actors - Michael Dorn and Marina Sirtis in particular - have many animated voiceover credits (remember Gargoyles?) it would be a natural fit and would allow the original actors to continue playing their roles regardless of age - much as scores of Doctor Who actors are continuing to reprise their roles for audio dramas made by Big Finish and all that's needed is someone with deep pockets to step forward and there are something close to 200 stories with full soundtracks just waiting to be animated).

An animated TNG would also allow the original universe version of TNG to be presented without concern over major conflict with Abrams (they're focusing on TOS-era for the films and at 4 years between movies they won't get to TNG until sometime around the real 23rd century). The only concern would be turning off viewers with the wrong kind of animation or voice acting. Some might want it to be a close as possible to the original TV show using CG (think New Captain Scarlet), while others might prefer it to be more abstract like, say, "The Batman". Others might want an anime approach. Animating TNG (or Abramsverse TOS) probably would have that major hurdle to deal with.

"These are historical documents - preserving them is important. Tarting them up for a night out in the twenty-first century is unnecessary" - Toby Hadoke, "Should mistakes in old episodes of Doctor Who be fixed on DVD" (Doctor Who Magazine #445)
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