It’s finally happening! An brand new Star Trek TV series is officially in the works and is set to premiere in January 2017. Best day everrrrr.
The series doesn’t yet have a showrunner, but Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer and co-producer Alex Kurtzman will be acting a executive producer, and the first episode is already set for a January 2017 air date.
According to StarTrek.com, the new Star Trek series will start with a special preview broadcast on CBS with “the premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service,” but we’re not entirely sure what that means.
The show will also introduce a cast of brand new characters to the Star Trek universe while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise for decades.
President of CBS Television Studios David Stapf said: “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.”
Marc DeBevoise, Executive Vice President of CBS Digital Media, said: “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.
“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.”