Following the successful relaunch of the Star Trek franchise in film back in 2009, I’ve been consistently surprised by the fact that no one has attempted to cash in on the series with a television revival. Well, someone else was wondering the some thing evidently, because Star Trek is set to return to the small screen in 2017.
The series, in production at CBS, is the fulcrum of the network’s increased focus on digital distribution with CBS All Access. A subscription service, CBS All Access allows users to watch archive episodes of CBS programmes as well as stream the channel live, for US $5.99. The new Star Trek series, which has yet to be named, will air exclusively on the streaming service, preceded by a premiere episode to air on CBS proper in January 2017 to wet viewers’ appetites.
Not much more has been revealed about the series other then that it will not be related to Star Trek: Beyond, the upcoming third film in the rebooted series set to premiere in summer 2016 and that it will be developed by Alex Kurtzman, who scripted the last two Star Trek films and has seen previous success on television with shows including Fringe, Sleepy Hollow and Hawaii Five-0.
“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 the President of CBS Television Studios David Stapf. “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, the executive vice president and general manager of 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,” Armando Nunez, the president and CEO of CBS Global Distribution Group added. “We can’t wait to introduce Star Trek‘s next voyage on television to its vast global fan base.”