Prepare for warp speed because there’s going to be a brand new Star Trek series on CBS and CBS All Access!
Variety reports the series will debut on CBS and then all subsequent episodes will exclusively be available on their streaming service, CBS All Access. This is the first time a series will transition to streaming after one episode on broadcast.
The series is set to arrive in January 2017, right on the heels of the franchise’s 50th anniversary. It first aired on September 8, 1966 under Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s Desilu Productions.
Producer Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) is developing the new series. It won’t be related to the upcoming film, Star Trek Beyond, but it is unclear which timeline the series will take place in.
“We’ve experienced terrific growth for CBS All Access,” explains Marc DeBevoise, executive VP and g.m. of CBS Digital Media. “We now have an incredible opportunity to accelerate this growth with the iconic ‘Star Trek,’ and its devoted and passionate fan base, as our first original series.”
The original Star Trek series spawned four spin-off series and several movies. By the time this new series premieres, it will have been twelve years since the last series, Enterprise, ended.
David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios expressed the excitement everyone has over the new project:
“There is no better time to give Star Trek fans a new series than on the heels of the original show’s 50th anniversary celebration. Everyone here has great respect for this storied franchise, and we’re excited to launch its next television chapter in the creative mind and skilled hands of Alex Kurtzman, someone who knows this world and its audience intimately.”
The new series, as of now unnamed, will debut on CBS in January 2017.
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