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Star Trek: Discovery Premiere Pushed to May 2017 to Preserve 'Quality' of Series

Star Trek: Discovery will launch its maiden voyage a bit later than planned.

Citing the project’s huge production demands, CBS announced Wednesday that Bryan Fuller’s anticipated reboot — initially set to bow in January — will now debut in May, with the premiere airing on CBS network before moving exclusively to CBS All Access.

In a statement, exec producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller said, “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.”

Adds David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios, “The series template and episodic scripts that Alex and Bryan have delivered are incredibly vivid and compelling. They are building a new, very ambitious Star Trek world for television, and everyone involved supports their vision for the best timing to bring to life what we all love on the page.”

To fill the Q1 void for CBS All Access, the launch of the Good Wife spinoff has been moved up from from Spring 2017  to February 2017.

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30 Comments
  1. Drew says:

    Red alert! Red alert!
    .
    But unfortunately I bet the delay won’t help them decide to move this off a pay-to-stream service and to broadcast…

  2. John says:

    Has any cast been announced yet??

  3. Ryan Versteeg says:

    What’s CBS All Access?

  4. A. D. says:

    If they want to preserve the Quality of the series, then change the premise and set it after DS9 and Voyager instead of doing yet another prequel BS.

    • molsongold says:

      Exactly!

    • Ben says:

      +1. Such a let down that’s just another precuel.. ’cause i still want to catch up with my favourites characters/actors from previous installments and know what happen next (after DS9 & Voyager). This feels just like the stargate universe failure (to appeal to the fans of the previous shows) and i guess that by now they know it.

      To think that the only reason to stand those awful JJ movies was to obtain a new tv show…and we get nothing but scraps of a boring project and disappointment… we should be in HYPE no?.

  5. TVLineCommentator says:

    yeah…dead on arrival….red shirt series…

    get rid of the JJ Abrams sycophants…Kurtzman and Orci were terrible for the movie series…let Bryan Fuller bring in his own team

    and no more prequel crap…continue building the post-Nemesis universe

  6. Steven says:

    I thought it seemed weird that no one had even been cast yet. They couldn’t even tell us anything at the Star Trek Con in New Yodk a few weeks ago.

  7. xyz says:

    They don’t think it will boost their streaming service enough. Perhaps they are waiting for other series to be created for it.

  8. SuzieQ says:

    as long as it is going on CBS all access, it will fail. We already pay too much to watch so little and let’s move on and stop with prequels how about after Voyager they could do so much and no one could compare tech stuff because it hasn’t been done yet.

  9. Anne says:

    I’m okay with this. I’d rather them take the time to make it as good as possible than push through decisions to meet a certain date.

  10. Writerpatrick says:

    So they get people to sign up for AA then move the date back six months so people wind up paying for months they don’t want. This isn’t about the show’s quality, it’s about getting as many people to sign up for AA as possible. They were probably afraid that many BB fans would get or keep AA for the fall run then drop it after ST.

    • Jason says:

      Why already sign up months in advance? Even in September, the show was a good 3 months away? If you signed up that early, then you are already paying for months you don’t use. If I decide to sign up (and I am not sure I want to spend money on another streaming service) it will be after the premier airs, and I think it is worth my time and money.

  11. Agent 86 says:

    Fair enough. Now, when are we going to get casting announcements? Lucy Lawless for the Female Admiral role please Mr Fuller!

  12. Hugh says:

    I had hopes for this. Even on CBS All Access, I thought it might succeed. When they announced the premise, I thought it would be dead on arrival. Now, it feels like they know it’s DOA, so move it to the summer where there’s less competition.

  13. Kiwi3 says:

    As excited as I am about this, I’m not willing to pay for yet another streaming service. CBS needs to run it on their network which would be huge for them, IF IT’S GOOD. Not expect people to pay to watch it not knowing if it’s even worth their time.

  14. Margie says:

    So disappointed! I was so excited about this. Now it won’t even be aired on tv. Wtf CBS?

  15. JScout says:

    Not paying for CBS All Access and then be forced to watch commercials. Doesn’t make any sense.

  16. Zoe says:

    I don’t mind the delay so much. As long as the show turns out good.

  17. Jason says:

    The “All Acess” requirement to watch may not kill the show, but it will turn away quite a few viewers. Sci-fi shows have a hard enough time gaining viewers, and moving this to CBS All-Access will make it difficult for this series to survive. Why cripple it before it even gets off the ground?