Therin of Andor wrote:
A new ST series could get away with not mentioning Spock and Nero at all.
Heck, TNG went nearly three years before it first mentioned Spock, and only mentioned him in five episodes (four distinct stories) in all. DS9 mentioned him in two episodes, VGR in four. ENT, unsurprisingly, never mentioned him at all, although the possibility of a human/Vulcan hybrid was discussed a couple of times.