Star Trek Returning to TV on CBS Digital Platform
With next year marking the 50th anniversary of the premiere of Star Trek, CBS is adding another piece to the celebration. The third movie in the rebooted Star Trek franchise is expected in 2016 under the title Star Trek Beyond. Yesterday, CBS announced that they would be bringing Star Trek back to the small screen with a TV series to launch in 2017.
The series will be produced by writer and producer Alex Kurtzman who was a co-writer on the 2009 reboot movie and 2013’s Into Darkness. Kurtzman has a fairly impressive list of movie and TV credits which includes work on some of Michael Bay’s Transformers movies, Ender’s Game, Hercules, Xena, Alias, Fringe, Hawaii 5-0 and Sleepy Hollow.
The show will get a “preview special” on CBS network television prior to its exclusive US broadcast on CBS’ digital platform, CBS All Access. All Access is a standalone digital platform that shows both current and classic programming. The new Star Trek series would be the first major series to run as an online exclusive for a network’s digital subscription service.
International viewers won’t be out of luck. CBS says that international distribution will include TV as part of the plans.
So why am I leading with the business info about the show? Because apart from Kurtzman’s involvement and where it will be available, CBS hasn’t actually revealed any details about the new Star Trek series. We don’t have a name or plot or characters announced yet. As of now, the announcement is really just a way for CBS to hype it’s All Access digital service.
Some early scuttlebutt (or maybe it was fan dreaming [it’s hard to remember at this point]) was that a new Star Trek series would be set in the rebooted timeline with a new ship and crew. That would be the logical conclusion for this series but that also doesn’t answer any questions we have.
Source: Star Trek