Agreed that Vanguard
has long seemed to be Trek re-aimed at the HBO crowd. Same universe, same high ideals, same continuity, looser "Standards and Practices". I would definitely set it up that way. And if there's a way to leave Kirk and company out of the equation of adaptation without messing up the broad-strokes content, I'd do that too. Leave younger Carol in there, cast accordingly, if need be. But for the rest of it?