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CBS executive says ‘Star Trek’ wouldn’t do well on TV, brings it to network’s streaming service
Perhaps he hasn’t heard of ‘Westworld’ or ‘The Expanse’?
“It’s not impossible, for the future, if somebody figures it out. And things like Lost and Heroes have had parts of, you know, sci-fi, but historically, a show like Star Trek wouldn’t necessarily be a broadcast show, at this point.”
Lanzone’s opinion is puzzling, to say the least. Star Trek has done very well on broadcast TV in the past, along with plenty of other sci-fi shows like Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica, and Orphan Black. And while it’s true that some viewers are turning to streaming sites like Netflix, shows like Westworld and The Expanse are still thriving on TV.
Either Lanzone is worryingly out-of-touch with sci-fi audiences, or he’s just looking for a vaguely plausible explanation for why Star Trek: Discovery will only air on CBS All Access in the U.S. After all, Star Trek brings a ready-made audience to CBS’s new platform, which might otherwise find it difficult to attract paying viewers.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested.