CBS just made a lot of Trekkies very happy. The network announced they’re reviving the Star Trek TV franchise with a new series coming in January 2017. The 2017 series will, according to CBS, feature 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.”
The series’ first episode will debut on CBS and then move to CBS All Access Digital Subscription Service where all of the episodes will air.
Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Trek (2009) executive producer Alex Kurtzman executive produces the new Star Trek TV series. Heather Kadin is also on board as an executive producer, with CBS Television Studios and Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout producing.
“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,” stated David Stapf, President, 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.”
“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 Vice President/General Manager – 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.”
CBS also confirmed the new series has nothing to do with the upcoming Star Trek Beyond film which will open in theaters in 2016.