A CBS spokesperson said no further details would be available. But Viljo Revell’s curvy modernist design of Toronto looked great when it was first unveiled in 1965 — timeless enough that it was featured in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. What would undoubtedly be cool is if the United Federation of Planets had an assembly in council chambers.
Star Trek also celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, spawning five TV series and a dozen feature films. CBS says the new TV series bears no relation to the upcoming film Star Trek Beyond that will be released this summer.
Apart from Star Trek’s distinctly “Canadian” roots — after all, Captain Kirk’s William Shatner was a Canadian, and Vancouver-born James Doohan played engineer Scottie — it makes sense that the show would be shot here. Bryan Fuller, creator of the thriller Hannibal, is the executive producer of the new series. Hannibal has since been cancelled, but was shot on a sound stage in Mississauga, so Fuller is intimately familiar with working in the city and with its crews.
Toronto and Vancouver have been a hotbed for science fiction and fantasy shows. Shows shooting in Canada’s largest city include Killjoys, 12 Monkeys and The Strain. Vancouver has become something of a superhero factory with shows like The Flash and Arrow.
The upcoming series will “introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1965,” CBS said in a release.