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Did J.J. Abrams' 'Star Trek' Kill a 'Worf' TV Series?

Michael Dorn, who played the honorable Klingon in two "Star Trek" series, says that a proposed show was back-burnered because of the reborn "Trek" movie franchise.

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Ever since the cancellation of the much-maligned Enterprise, fans have wished for another Star Trek series to grace their television screens on a weekly basis. Turns out, they might have had their wish if it hadn't been for that pesky kid known as J.J. Abrams -- or, at least, that's the story according to one former Trek star.

In an interview with Big Shiny Robot, Michael Dorn -- who played surly Klingon Worf in both Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine -- talked about the possibility of a new series focusing on his character.

"Last year, there was interest and I talked to a couple producers, and we actually had [a] pitch meeting with Paramount and CBS," Dorn said. So why haven't we heard more about this Worf series before now? "Business things got in the way in terms of the J.J. Abrams movie coming out and CBS/Paramount and their relationship with J.J. Abrams," he explained. "I don't think they wanted to step on his toes by putting a new series on, but it's not dead yet."

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Firstly: Given the whole reboot of continuity that the Abrams movie brought, any potential TV series -- and definitely movie project -- set in the "old" continuity is probably pretty dead, let's be honest. There are, of course, always the spin-off novels for those who want to know what those characters are up to these days, anyway.

Secondly, what's with Next Generation stars trying to get new shows based on their characters off the ground? Just the other week, Jonathan Frakes was joking about a Rikers in Space series. How long before LeVar Burton pitches Reading Rainbow: Starfleet Edition?