Star Trek is officially coming back to the small screen and CBS has released the details.
The new series is expected to premiere in January 2017 with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The show will then live on the CBS All Access digital subscription streaming service.
Internationally, the show will “be distributed concurrently for television and multiple platforms.”
Alex Kurtzman, co-writer of 2009’s Star Trek and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness is confirmed as executive producer for the show, which will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout.
So what’s this series going to be about? Here’s all the official press release said:
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.
It also added this:
The new television series is not related to the upcoming feature film “Star Trek Beyond,” which is scheduled to be distributed by Paramount Pictures in summer 2016.
“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 in a press release. Star Trek will celebrate that anniversary in fall 2016. “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.”