The long-rumored new Star Trek TV series was finally confirmed by CBS, who announced today it will launch the series in January 2017. The new series will premiere with a special preview broadcast and then be available on-demand on the CBS streaming service. Alex Kurtzman, who produced and co-wrote Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) with Robert Orci and Damon Lindelof, will serve as executive producer.
The series will run concurrently with the feature franchise. It is not related to the upcoming instalment Star Trek Beyond, which is scheduled for 2016. The films feature the original series characters, but 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,” said 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.”
“Every day, an episode of the Star Trek franchise is seen in almost every country in the world,” said Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group. “We can’t wait to introduce Star Trek’s next voyage on television to its vast global fan base.”