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Star Trek Pitch for Worf Show Was a Comedy | Screen Rant

Alex Kurtzman, the executive producer behind a slew of new Star Trek shows, reveals that one show idea was a comedy centered on Worf. Michael Dorn, the actor who played the much-loved Klingon character in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, as well as several of the movies, has been keen to see Worf brought back in a series of his own for years.

Kurtzman, executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery, secured a five-year deal three years ago but has now had that extended, giving him and his production company, Secret Hideout, the Captain's Chair presiding over the Star Trek Universe until 2026. New seasons of Discovery, Lower Decks, and Picard are in production right now, with live-action Star Trek: Strange New Worlds coming this Fall, along with the animated series Star Trek: Prodigy. The first trailer for Prodigy was unveiled in July and heralded the return of Star Trek: Voyager's Captain Janeway.

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In an interview with the NYT, Kurtzman refers to a pitch from producer and writer Graham Wagner, known for his comedy work with Portlandia, Silicon Valley, and The Office. The focus of the pitch is Worf, Kurtzman describing it as "incredibly funny, poignant and touching."

"If it were up to me only, I would be pushing the boundaries much further than I think most people would want. I think we might get there. Marvel has actually proven that you can. But you have to build a certain foundation in order to get there and we're still building our foundation."

Graham Wagner's pitch for a Star Trek comedy series featuring Michael Dorn's much-loved Klingon Starfleet officer might cause consternation among some fans but, for others, delight at the prospect. It's worth pointing out Worf was often given the funniest one-liners in TNG and DS9, many of them since turned into internet memes. This was in large part to Dorn's dry delivery of some truly hilarious lines, even though Worf didn't always intend his words to be interpreted as humorous, particularly in his early appearances. Still, over time he proved to have a dry and acerbic wit that lends itself to entertaining the idea of the character fronting a comedy show.

With CBS demonstrating confidence in Kurtzman's abilities and track record by extending his contract, bringing back the popular Star Trek character of Worf would be unlikely to face too many obstacles. Dorn has already said he would like to return as Captain Worf in a central role, and, having played him across 272 TV episodes and four films, he is well-positioned to take up the bat'leth again. Perhaps, as the franchise continues to grow on the CBS All Access app, Paramount will take more chances with a variety of genres and stories.

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Source: NYT

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