I still think that an animated series would be pitched to kids, 9-12 years old. A live action series would be pitched to adults, as long as it was on cable and had the expected levels of sex and violence. A Star Trek
animated series pitched at adults seems like a long shot. All the adult animated series I can think of are comedies, so where's the successful template to follow?
on TV will be a different animal from Star Trek
in movies and previous TV incarnations. The ecosystem that supported the old style of series (episodic, family friendly) has vanished for niche genres like space opera.
Movies are also very different from TV, and have become ever more cartoony and action oriented. Whatever the new TV series turns out to be, it will be crafted to fit into an existing ecosystem - kids cartoons, adult political or violence oriented serialized fantasy. Hopefully it can also retain its core identity, but don't expect anything like TOS or TNG to ever return. There's no place for that anywhere anymore. Even DS9 would be too sanitized and too episodic for the tastes of cable audiences today.
Clone Wars works(or worked until this season) because it's not meant to inspire the real world the way Star Trek does.
is not required to "inspire the real world." It's nice when that happens, but its purpose in life is just to make $$$ for Paramount or CBS shareholders. A kid's cartoon could do that perfectly well. And maybe it will inspire kids, they're part of the real world too.