I don't agree and here's why: Babylon five and BSG both did direct to dvd movies that were aired on network tv every so often. If the next movie flops which I hope it does and so should everybody because then CBS might follow that pattern of putting out small tv movies out every so often on netflix or somewhere where the quality of the stories matter more than the wiz bang special effects explosions, unless you prefer that over quality story telling. Testing the waters in that way would more assuredly and effectively lead to the success of another series than totally bankrolling a singular vision of a singular team of idiots like Bad Robot and putting all your eggs in one vapid basket.
If the next movie flops, neither Paramount nor CBS will bother to do anything with Star Trek
on TV, Netflix etc. But since the next movie will not flop, this is a moot point.
The fact that Star Trek
is in the good graces of the Viacom brass as a money-maker is the only reason for hope for a Star Trek
series at all.
So you're interested in Trek merchandizing more than great stories?
The people with the power to greenlight a series are. Do you really think they give a flip about "great stories"? They just want someone to convince them that a Star Trek
TV series will make them a lot of money.
Realistically, the best argument is not money. Some cookie cutter cop show will deliver a better return on investment. The argument for Star Trek
is that it's a great way for CBS to test out the waters of the future of TV, namely niche programming on subscription based streaming services.
It's an investment in the future, so it doesn't matter if it doesn't pay off right now. CBS is in a healthy financial position and can afford to experiment. And now is the time for experiments like this.
Otherwise, the TV business will be in the same boat as the music business was, with their business model suddenly destroyed while they stand around with their mouths open wondering what truck just ran over them. The lesson there should be obvious: if you are a content producer and technology is changing how people consume your content, you better be the one driving the truck.