In a surprise announcement today, the long-defunct Desilu Studios and Paramount announced they were  teaming with animation Studio YHBT to renew the original Star Trek series for the 2008/2009 television season, after a 39 year hiatus. Trekkies worldwide can now rejoice at the prospect of new episodes of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy on the small screen.

Desilu's spokesman, MarySue Ersatz, agreed to sit down for an interview with Firefox News regarding this exciting development.

FFN: Wow. Fans have been dreaming about new original-series Star Trek episodes since it was cancelled in 1969. What prompted this decision to renew it now?

MarySue: We've been monitoring fan interest in Star Trek for forty years. If anything, it's grown over the decades. As there aren't any current Trek series on the air, we thought this might be a good time to go back to our roots and return to the original concept by creating new episodes of the original Star Trek, picking up where the show left off. Plus, the upcoming movie has spurred even more interest and excitement about Star Trek. It's a good time to do this.

FFN: Isn't there a slight problem with the fact that some of the actors from the original series are deceased, and the rest are getting a bit, how should I put this tactfully ... old?

MarySue: That's the best part. Because we've waited so long, we're able to film the series using inexpensive digital actors. The characters will appear just as they did 1966 when the series first premiered.

FFN: But what about the acting ability of digital actors?

MarySue: We feel that digital actors can at least match the talent of most of the original cast, if not exceed it. Anyway, Star Trek fans have shown a remarkable tolerance for bad acting over the years. We doubt anyone will notice that the actors are fake after the first few minutes. They'll be too busy enjoying the stories.

FFN: Who will do the voice work?

MarySue: We can do that digitally, too. You know the digital voice you hear when you call your bank or insurance company? We'll be using the same technology.

FFN: So this sounds like you won't have many labor costs.

MarySue: Very few. Our investors will be very happy to know that we'll be hiring fans to write the stories, too. We think they've done a great job producing various fan videos and even most of the fan fiction is pretty decent. So there's a huge pool of talented writers we can pull from, and most of them will work for cheap or free -- and it will make them feel like they have a vested interest in the show.
Plus, our network is very sensitive to labor disputes with writers and actors. With digital actors and fan contributions for the writing, our network can rest assured that they will never have their creative staff go on strike.

FFN: So, what kind of stories will you be looking for from the fans?

MarySue: More of the same -- we'd like to keep to the classic style of stories, because we know how beloved it is. We'd like to see time travel stories, episodes featuring cowboys or gangsters, all-powerful aliens, and stories about other worlds that are based on ancient Earth societies. Togas are always great garb, too, so we're planning to do several based on Ancient Greece -- our digital actors can be designed to be quite sexy, and sex appeal is a huge part of Star Trek. Oh! And we would like to see some stories exploring the Kirk/Spock dynamic more. That's an area we know fans are fascinated by.

FFN: The Kirk/Spock dynamic.

MarySue: Yup.

FFN: I'm not even sure I want to know .... can you get away with that on TV?

MarySue: Sure. Interracial relations aren't much of an issue anymore for networks. We've come a long way since the fuss caused by the kiss between Uhura and Kirk.

FFN: Interracial?

MarySue: Well, Spock's half Vulcan, of course. We don't anticipate any problems at all with this, really, even among mainstream viewers. It's a non-issue these days for advertisers, too. Shouldn't even be cause for comment. And we understand that the fans like this pairing and this will very much be a show aimed squarely at the fans. We think it's time to reward them for all their decades of loyalty.

FFN: ... Ah.

MarySue: We'd also like to tell your readers that we will be keeping the appearance of the show very much the same. Since it will be a digitally produced series, we could give the show any appearance we wanted without much difficulty, but we elected to stay with the retro look. The sliding doors, cardboard sets and simple buttons on the control panels will be quite familiar and, we hope, much loved by the fans.  Also, we'll keep the design of the aliens the same.

FFN: You mean no bumpy foreheads on the Klingons?

MarySue: Yeah, it's easier to render smooth foreheads digitally, and anyway, the traditional design for Klingons didn't have bumps. We're going back to basics.

FFN: So, when can we anticipate that the first episode to air?

MarySue: We're shooting for September 31st of this year.

FFN: I want to thank you for taking the time to tell us about this very exciting project.  We look forward to seeing it.

MarySue: Thank you for helping to publicize this project. We really think fans will love it.