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CBS Silent As 'Worf Chronicles' Looks To Future

EXCLUSIVE: 'We Want Worf' organizer Dan Deevy reflects on campaign, absence of Star Trek on television

Like Capt. Kirk facing a downpour of Tribbles, CBS executives were recently buried in nearly 70,000 mini-muffins following a campaign to return Michael Dorn's popular Klingon character to television.

Running May 1 to June 30, the drive was spearheaded by 'We Want Worf,' a grassroots movement that encouraged fans to send mini-muffins with a “We want Worf” note to CBS, which holds the television rights of the franchise.

CBS has yet to respond to the Worf series concept, but organizer Dan Deevy considers the campaign as a needed step to feed the hunger for Star Trek's return to television — with a sizable serving of mini-muffins to sweeten the pot.

The muffins were delivered to the network on July 17, with unopened boxes donated to a local food bank. Although Deevy ended 30,000 shy of the drive’s 100,000 goal, he is pleased with the results.

"If it hadn't been for the muffins no one would've paid attention," Deevy recently told 1701News. "The muffins were just ridiculous enough to grab people’s attention.

"But I was still just so happy with the turnout and how many people sent in muffins and got on board. They're so many people who may not have been able to send muffins but they still made great comments on our social media and liked things. They really proved that I wasn't wrong. People do want Gene Roddenberry-style Star Trek back."

Titled "Star Trek TNG: The Worf Chronicles," the proposed series is set between the events of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and the feature film “Star Trek: Nemesis.” It would follow Worf’s efforts to balance his ties with Starfleet and the Klingon Empire in the wake of the Dominion War.

While many Star Trek fan productions, such as "Star Trek: Continues" and "Star Trek: Axanar," embrace the independent route, Dorn is pushing hard for CBS's involvement and blessing.

"He would much rather do everything official ... and then there is never any question as to whether or not it will be canon or not canon," Deevy explained. "He really only wants to do it if it's 100 percent Star Trek."

CBS's plans for a new series remain unclear, however. And he sees the network's inactivity as a missed opportunity in a thriving television climate that is ripe for Star Trek's return.

"Honestly, I think it's because the powers that be at CBS and Paramount, for some reason, are not acknowledging the difference between today's entertainment climate and the entertainment climate 13 years ago when Star Trek basically ended because of franchise fatigue," he said. "They were back to back and they would say the last movie made no money and the last TV series only lasted four years, so we can't have too much Star Trek. Too much Star Trek is bad. And we don't want to poison the box office with the J.J. movies. But my opinion has been that the landscape has so completely changed."

And Deevy envisions a proven model for the franchise's television renaissance.

"I think that if someone can ... get them to look at the cinematic universe model that Marvel has now and proven, that would be a very bizarre choice to not do that," he said. "Because Marvel has already proven it. They have invested the money; they took a risk and it worked."

Regardless, Dorn and Deevy are pushing forward with We Want Worf.

"I have some ideas on some new things that Michael and I can do together that I think fans will really enjoy and get a kick out of," Deevy said. "So We Want Worf continues — Phase 2 is about to begin and if it's even half as good as Phase 1 was, I'm going to be a very happy guy.

“Working on this campaign has literally been the most rewarding, joyful experience I have had professionally ever.”

Dorn played Worf through seven seasons of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” four seasons of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and the feature films "Star Trek: Generations," "Star Trek: First Contact," "Star Trek: Insurrection" and "Star Trek: Nemesis."

For information, visit wewantworf.com and #WeWantWorf’s Facebook. View Deevy’s ongoing series of interviews with Dorn on YouTube.

See our story on the background of the campaign and the inspiration behind its mini muffins here.

To support the campaign’s efforts, We Want Worf recently offered a new T-shirt that can be purchased here.

Source: 1701News


Related Topics: Michael Dorn  Dan Deevy 

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