CBS has reported that a new Star Trek television series is coming in January 2017! The new series will introduce new characters who will explore the galaxy along with the the “contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966”.
Alex Kurtzman, co-writer and producer of Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), has signed on as executive producer for the series. Kurtzman is also an executive producer for Scorpion and the new series Limitless, which is also based on a feature film of the same name.
The new series will premiere with a special preview broadcast of the first episode on the CBS Television Network, and all subsequent first-run episodes (along with the premiere) will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access. CBS All Access is cross-platform streaming service that has thousands of episodes from CBS’s current and past seasons on demand. CBS All Access already offers every episode of all previous Star Trek television series.
“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,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. “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.”
“This new series will premiere to the national CBS audience, then boldly go where no first-run Star Trek series has gone before – directly to its millions of fans through CBS All Access,” said Marc DeBevoise, Executive Vice President/General Manager – CBS Digital Media. “We’ve experienced terrific growth for CBS All Access, expanding the service across affiliates and devices in a very short time. 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.”
“Every day, an episode of the Star Trek franchise is seen in almost every country in the world,” said Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group. “We can’t wait to introduce Star Trek’s next voyage on television to its vast global fan base.”
CBS has also confirmed that the new television series is not related to the upcoming feature film Star Trek Beyond, which is scheduled to be distributed by Paramount Pictures in summer 2016.
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