A high-ranking CBS executive hinted at what viewers can expect in the company’s upcoming “Star Trek” reboot, while also explaining why, in today’s market, the project might be a better fit for digital than for broadcast.
Jim Lanzone, CEO of CBS Interactive, discussed the show, which will be carried on the company’s $6 monthly streaming service CBS All Access, during an interview for the podcast “Recode Media with Peter Kafka.”
Said Lanzone: “Sci-fi is not something that has traditionally done really well on broadcast. It’s not impossible, for the future, if somebody figures it out. But historically, a show like ‘Star Trek’ wouldn’t necessarily be a broadcast show, at this point.”
The “Star Trek” project and a spinoff of “The Good Wife” are among the service’s highest-profile offerings.
“The first episodes of both of those shows will debut in broadcast, before the rest of the series move online,” Recode notes. “And once they go digital, they won’t have to play by the FCC’s broadcast rules — i.e., nudity! And cursing!”
Commenting on that freedom, Lanzone said: “The showrunners were like, ‘Oh yeah, we could do that.’ Of course, the response is, ‘As long as it serves the story.’ But yeah!”
After Kafka asked specifically, “Naked aliens, and humans?” Lanzone responded: “Theoretically.”
And when Kafka inquired about the prospect of swearing, Lanzone said: “Whatever future swearing, 300 years in the future, would be.”