With the huge opening weekend last week for the "Star Trek" movie -- $79.2 million when you count the Thursday night opening take -- and the possibility that it could beat out "Angels & Demons" this weekend to reign two weeks in a row, the logical question is what happens next.
After the opening weekend numbers, combined with glowing reviews and word-of-mouth, came out, my brother said he thought this could mean a new "Trek"-based TV series.
My thought is the exact opposite. From 1986, when "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home" came out in theaters, to 2005, when "Star Trek: Enterprise" ended, there were six movies and four TV spinoffs during that 19-year period. While much of it was quality, at the end, it proved to be simply too much "Trek."
On the TV side, with both "Voyager" and "Enterprise" essentially repeating the original series and "Next Generation's" theme of a ship going out exploring, there was a sense of staleness to the franchise as Paramount simply went to the well too often, drying it up.
Certainly, when news first broke two years ago that JJ Abrams would be directing a new "Trek" movie, the reaction was lukewarm. It seemed more of an effort for Paramount to get some more milk out of its cash cow than do anything original.
But Abrams struck gold, not only with an original story, but with a cast that instantly found its own chemistry together. While none of the actors were A-list celebrities, they have proven to be a talented cast with a bright future together.
And I don't think Paramount wants to jinx that. Most certainly, there will be a new "Trek" sequel within two or three years and the current cast has a three-picture deal. But Paramount won't be able to bring this cast to the small screen, and finding a new cast and trying to create a new series based on the success of this film would only water down the success it has found.
That's not to say the idea of a "Trek" spinoff on TV at some point is out of the question. If the "Trek" movies show they have legs, it might mean that Paramount would put some sort of TV spinoff on the air, but my guess would be that's years away.
Of course, I could be completely wrong. Movie executives aren't exactly known for their patience and if they think the numbers from the weekend could mean a license to print money, they could throw together a new spinoff sooner rather than later.
But here's hoping they use common sense and let the new movie franchise nurture a next generation of fans.
WEEKEND'S BEST BETS: NBC's documentary on Farrah Fawcett (NBC, 9 p.m.) has drawn a lot of attention given the actress' fight with cancer. As with any cancer patient, one has to hope for a happy ending.
"Prison Break" (Fox, 8 p.m.) finally, FINALLY ends tonight with a two-hour finale. My guess is that it will be as nonsensical as the rest of the series.
Amita is kidnapped by a cult leader played by James Callis ("Battlestar Galactica") on tonight's season finale of "Numb3rs" (CBS, 10 p.m.) while Charlie works to rescue her. Careful, Charlie -- this guy wiped out humanity and hangs with Cylons! It follows the season finales of "Ghost Whisperer" and "Flashpoint."
"The Game" wraps up its season (CW, 8 p.m.) with an hour-long finale.
If you've been catching up with "Primeval" (Sci Fi, 10 p.m.), you can watch Season 3's debut on Saturday on BBC America at 9 p.m.
On Sunday, "Survivor" (CBS, 8 p.m.) picks a winner with another interminable three-hour finale. It used to be that even the also-rans on the first couple of "Survivors" became minor celebrities, but can anyone name any of the last six or seven winners of the show?
"How I Met Your Mother" stars Josh Radnor, Jason Segel and Neil Patrick Harris have voice cameos on the season finale of "Family Guy" (Fox, 9 p.m.) as all of the Fox series wrap up their seasons.
"Desperate Housewives" (ABC, 9 p.m.) wraps up with its fifth-season finale. My guess: someone gets killed.
"Saturday Night Live: Just Shorts" (NBC, 9 p.m.) is a collection of the various short films that have appeared over the life run of the show. It's hosted by Andy Samberg.
On "Masterpiece: Mystery" (PBS, 9 p.m.) it's the second episod of "Wallander," with Kenneth Branagh as a detective in Sweden.
On cable, Walt and Jesse try to recruit new dealers on "Breaking Bad" (AMC, 10 p.m.) while Richard Schiff guest stars on "In Plain Sight" (USA, 10 p.m.)
On pay cable, Henry (Jonathan Rhys-Meyers) meets Anne of Cleves (Joss Stone) for the first time on "The Tudors" (Showtime, 10 p.m.)