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Star Trek: Discovery to Debut in 'Late Summer, Early Fall,' Per CBS Boss

It’s not an exact stardate, Trekkies, but at least we now have a general idea of when Star Trek: Discovery‘s voyage will (finally) get underway.

The new Trek TV series heading for CBS All Access is expected to launch “sometime [in] late summer, early fall,” CBS chairman Les Moonves told investors today at a Morgan Stanley media conference, according to Deadline. That’s the most concrete scheduling news we’ve gotten recently on Discovery, which was originally set for a January debut, then May, before being pushed back again with no premiere date.

Explaining why it’s taken so long for Discovery to take flight, Moonves said, “It’s important to get it right, and Star Trek is the family jewels. We’re not going to rush it in. There’s a lot of post-production. But I’m very confident based on what I’ve seen so far.”

Moonves also defended the decision to put Discovery on the All Access streaming service (which costs $5.99/month to subscribe) versus airing it on CBS: “There are millions and millions of Trekkies out there. We know for a fact that the other versions of Star Trek… all did really well on Netflix. That gave us great confidence that this was the right choice to put the full-court press on All Access.”

Fans are eagerly anticipating the first Trek TV series since UPN’s Enterprise went off the air in 2005 — but Discovery has been plagued by troubling buzz since it was announced. Along with the aforementioned delays, original showrunner Bryan Fuller cut ties with the series in October. But the casting, at least, has been intriguing: The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green heads up an ensemble that includes Michelle Yeoh and True Blood alum James Frain, who’ll play Spock’s father Sarek.

Are you still onboard for Star Trek: Discovery? Give us a status report in the comments.

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21 Comments
  1. Dante says:

    Next month we’ll hear sometime in Fall, early Winter. It’s also nice to see them admit that they’re trying to milk Star Trek fans for even more money.

  2. Haz says:

    If it wasn’t for the fact that Netflix is distributing this in other parts of the world this would really be looking like a very costly mistake for CBS. I truly wonder how many Star Trek fans will actually pay for CBS All Access to watch this? It will take a lot more than The Good Fight and Star Trek before I pay for another streaming service, especially one that has a number of issues in performance.

    • Michael Conrad says:

      Why wouldn’t a Star Trek fan pay $6/month to watch brand new Star Trek. For me it’s a no-brainer. All these Trekkies with Enterprise pizza cutters, tailor made uniforms, and TV rooms that look like the bridge of a starship, won’t dish out $6 a month?

      Stop your crying, would ya? Jesus H Christ.

      • lrdslvrhnd says:

        Because if I’m gonna be charged $6/mo. for a TV show… I’ll just wait for the DVD set and buy it once, and be able to watch it whenever I want, without continuing to pay for a streaming service for exactly one show.

    • Angus says:

      Apparently, from what I hear, rumour says it will be free in Canada on the SPACE channel.

  3. lrdslvrhnd says:

    And how many of those “millions and millions” of Trekkies got Netflix *specifically* for Star Trek? I understand that CBS AllAccess is going to have other shows than just this… but most of those shows are probably available on Netflix, along with shows from *other* networks and movies and whatnot.

    • LK says:

      All Access has quite a library of old tv shows already.. mostly CBS/Paramount series.

      • lrdslvrhnd says:

        As I said, other shows. But I bet you anything that it’s not nearly as extensive a library as Netflix. And I also suspect that a goodly amount of the stuff available on All Access is also on Netflix (or Hulu, or Amazon Prime, or what have you).
        .
        What I’m saying is, just because people pay for Netflix… doesn’t mean that they’ll *also* pay for CBS All Access for, basically, one show. And counting on the “millions and millions” of Trekkies seems like a huge gamble that’s liable to end up with this show getting axed because it didn’t bring in the additional revenue expected.

  4. gcw07 says:

    I love Star Trek and watch the old episodes on Netflix from time to time. However, I will not pay extra just for this one show on CBS’s streaming service. With Netflix you get hundreds of new shows and tons of old ones I’ve never seen. The value isn’t there for CBS’s offering.

  5. I don’t have a problem streaming, but I do not intend to order CBS when I have netflix and Amazon Prime, just for one show. So if they want me to watch, it’ll have to go on one of those.

  6. TJ says:

    It’s dead Jim….

  7. ScottJ says:

    I gave up watching Star Trek when Enterprise came out, and I don’t think I’ve seen any of the movies after The Voyage Home (maybe one of the them but it must have been very unmemorable). I don’t plan on coming back for the series now.

  8. rocky says:

    Show is DOA. Nobody’s getting CBS All Access.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      Production on Season 1 is already paid for via international sales. Anything from here on is pure gravy.

    • LK says:

      I got CBS All Access for Big Brother and kept it for Good Fight…. not a problem to keep it for Star Trek.

    • ChicagoDan says:

      With no new series, CAA already had 1.5MM paid subscribers similar to Showtime and HBO Go. I imagine as they continue to add series, it will gain ground. Streaming services are demo proof: doesn’t matter whether you are 18 or 81, if you pay, it works. CBS should consider disastrous demo shows like S4 of MS or Doubt (which still has 11 unaired episodes) for the service. I imagine when I cut cable after my term is up, I’ll add more services to Netflix and Amazon Prime – it’s still cheaper.

  9. Murfful says:

    Star trek discovery will be a reality show set to air in the spring of 2263