Trekkies (or Trekkers if that’s the preferred nomenclature) will finally get their wish in 2017, when Star Trek finally returns to the small screen from whence it was birthed. Alex Kurtzman, who developed the rebooted film franchise along with Bob Orci, is developing a new series that will debut in January 2017 on CBS’ All Access digital distribution service
“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,” said Marc DeBevoise, executive VP and general manager of CBS Digital Media. “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.”
The series will debut just after the 50th anniversary of the Trek franchise and will be the first televised series in the saga since Enterprise went off the air in 2005. “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,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios. “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.”
It is said that the series will focus on characters new to the franchise, rather than preexisting favorites. It is not clear if the series will take place in the rebooted continuity established by J.J. Abrams’ 2009 film, but it will not directly tie into next summer’s Star Trek Beyond.
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