Could television really afford to lose "Family Guy" in favor of a new Star Trek series? If anyone was ever willing to take a chance, Seth MacFarlane says he would do just that.
MacFarlane, the creator of such Fox series as "Family Guy," "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show," told The Hollywood Reporter that Star Trek remains one of his most favorite franchises, and he would love to have a chance to breathe life back into a television version.
"I don't know who would give me the keys to that car," MacFarlane said. However, while some might think the recent box office success of "Star Trek" might get interest going in a new series based on the Enterprise, there could be some serious concerns of over-saturation. The Hollywood Reporter story said MacFarlane had doubts that Paramount wanted to get back into the Trek television business, but they actually couldn't if they wanted to. CBS Television owns the small-screen rights to the franchise, rights that split when Viacom broke up its mega-empire.
Can MacFarlane do serious?
"I'd love to see that franchise revived for television the way that it was in the 1990s," MacFarlane said, referring to shows like "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and possibly "Star Trek: Voyager." These would be fueled by "very thoughtful, smartly written stories that transcend the science-fiction audience."
MacFarlane already has a Star Trek resume. He appeared in two episodes of "Star Trek: Enterprise" in the mid 2000s, once as Ensign Rivers. He's also experienced some of the ups and downs that Star Trek itself has had. The original "Star Trek" was cancelled after just three seasons in the 1960s before being revived several years later to become a massive franchise success. "Family Guy" was originally cancelled by Fox after three seasons before strong DVD sales and fan outpouring brought the show back two years later.
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