We’d be lying if we said we hadn’t kind of been expecting it, but now it’s been confirmed that instead of its original January 2017 air date, new series Star Trek: Discovery will instead air on CBS All Access and Netflix four months later in May.
The news was revealed in a joint statement by showrunner Bryan Fuller and producer Alex Kurtzman, who said the following:
“Bringing ‘Star Trek’ back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood. We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality. Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: ‘Star Trek’ deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.”
While it’s annoying that we’ll have to wait a bit longer, it’s not all that surprising. Aside from a brief teaser of the titular flagship itself and some general comments about the story from Fuller, there hasn’t been much else released: no cast members announced, nor images released. Pulling it all together inside four months was always going to be a big ask, so this was always coming.
Moreover, it doesn’t exactly engender confidence in the show, but hey, it’s Bryan Fuller. We trust him, and we like his shows. If he needs more time to make it come together then we’re happy to oblige him.