Space. The final frontier. We thought that the voyages of the Starship Enterprise would be confined to the J.J. Abrams movies from now on, but now a new crew will go where no one has gone before: CBS’ All Access digital subscription service.
A new Star Trek TV series is in development, which will air digitally on CBS All Access in 2017. The new series is helmed by producer Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced the 2009 and 2013 Star Trek films, as well as Heather Kadin, although they do not yet have a writer.
This new Star Trek series will introduce new characters and new worlds to the ongoing franchise, while still exploring the contemporary themes that the previous series are known for. It’s coming hot on the heels of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, which Trekkies worldwide will be celebrating on September 8, 2016.
Whether any characters from the previous series or the more recent movies will appear is unknown at this time, but it has been announced 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.”
This is the first original series for the U.S. viewers on CBS All Access, which currently offers every episode of previous Star Trek series. The digital streaming service is available for $5.99 a month, and provides streaming through CBS.com, mobile apps, and connected devices such as Apple TV and Roku players.
“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,” says David Stapf, President of 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.”
We’ll have more information available as soon as it’s known.