A new Star Trek series is on its way — and boldly going where no such high-profile project has gone before.
It was announced on Monday that Alex Kurtzman, one of the producers of the current Star Trek film franchise (as well as a TV uberproducer), is shepherding the next small-screen iteration, to debut in January 2017 on CBS… before premiering all subsequent new episodes on CBS All Access, the network’s live streaming service.
CBS All Access — which already hosts every episode of every previous Trek series — offers thousands of episodes from CBS’ current and past seasons on demand, for $5.99 per month.
Per CBS Television Studios, “The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.”
“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,” CBS Television Studios president David Stapf said in a statement. “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.”
The original, William Shatner-fronted Star Trek premiered Sept. 8, 1966.
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