Ken Biller on Series V and VoyagerBy Amy
January 8, 2001 - 6:58 PM
Ken Biller, Voyager's Executive Producer, may not be one of the dynamic duo responsible for the new Star Trek series, but, according to this Mothership report, he does know a thing or two about Series V – that, for instance, there's already a script. But other than that, he's not telling.
"They have a script and there is a concept," he told reporters at the recent Pasadena Winter Television Critics gathering. "I know what it is, but I'm not allowed to tell you what it is. I wish I could, but I can't." He also confirms the impending writers guild strikes are having the predicted effect on production – "Basically, they're waiting to go ahead on making the pilot, but it's a little up in the air because of the whole sort of strike situation - when they're going to make it and when it's going to air. It's just all being held up by the strike." Despite this, however, he does think it's possible that Series V, what ever it turns out to be, may make its debut next fall.
As to Voyager, in a subsequent Mothership report, Biller kept to the closed-mouth standard operating procedure of Trek producers, offering brief but more or less un-enlightening episode summaries of 'Shattered' and 'Workforce', but also confirming that John de Lancie will be reprising his role as Q for an upcoming but undesignated episode. He also had little to add one of the hot Trek topics – the Voyager finale. He told the conference that "I'm not going to tell you what's going to happen in the finale. I'll tell you that its going to be two hours, that its going to be exciting and that I think we're going to surprise the audience," concluding with "Obviously, there are lots of expectations, but I'm not going to comment on which of these we're going to meet."