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Newest Producer Of Trek TV: J.J. Abrams?

UPDATE: CBS tells Spiner that Abrams is not attached

CBS has been collecting a lot of big names for its new Star Trek series on CBS All Access. You know, Nicholas Meyer. Rod Roddenberry. Bryan Fuller.

But has the series added the biggest name yet? You know, J.J. Abrams?

There’s been no announcement at all, but one former actor in the Trek television franchise believes it’s true, dropping it as a quick aside during a recent interview.

“You know, I’m looking at the people they’ve lined up working on it, and J.J. just came aboard as a producer,” former “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Brent Spiner told Collider. “And you got Bryan Fuller, who is fantastic.”

Spiner was part of an interview that included Jeff Goldblum, his co-star in the upcoming “Independence Day: Resurgence,” talking about the new movie. However, reporter Adam Chitwood said he couldn’t have an interview with Spiner without talking about the new series.

If Abrams is indeed aboard the new show, that would be significant news — and it could call into question whether the new CBS series will take place in the prime universe, or in the rebooted universe Abrams conceived in 2009’s “Star Trek.” Chitwood didn’t follow up with Spiner to ask how he knows this information, or if he possibly misheard some other news.

A request to CBS for comment is pending return early Tuesday afternoon.

For what it’s worth, Spiner says he’s excited about what the new Trek series will bring to the table.

“I’m looking at the pedigree of this show, it can’t help but be wonderful,” Spiner said. “I think it’s going to be fantastic.”

There’s been no reports of Abrams joining the series, and no confirmation. So for now, take Spiner’s revelation with a grain of salt.

To see the full interview, click here.

The new Star Trek series is set to premiere on the subscription-based streaming service CBS All Access in January.

UPDATE (2:07 p.m. ET)
Brent Spiner responds, kind of, to the 1701News report on Twitter, suggesting that he might have misread the news:

UPDATE (5:35 p.m. ET)
1701News has now talked to two different sources, who indicate what many of us suspected all along: Abrams is not currently involved in the new television series. It seems Brent Spiner may have simply misspoke.

UPDATE (11:13 p.m. ET)
Spiner tweeted again later in the evening to say he was contacted by CBS, who told him that Abrams was not involved in the new series:

Source: Collider

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