With Star Trek Beyond having just hit theaters, it’s been interesting to see most fans already looking toward the new Star Trek TV series debuting on CBS. Star Trek: Discovery kicks off in January 2017, and will be hosted on CBS’s newly minted on-demand platform.
[Update, 1/31/17: Added ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ production teaser, below.]
[Update, 9/15/16: It appears Trekkies will have to wait even longer before they can see the newest ‘Star Trek’ TV series. Per Variety, CBS has delayed the premiere of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ from January 2017 to May 2017. A spinoff of ‘The Good Wife’ will take its time slot instead.]
After pushing the premiere date for the new series from January 2017 to May 2017, CBS Television Studios recently issued a statement suggesting that the show may get delayed yet again. Here is the full statement from CBS, courtesy of EW:
Production on Star Trek: Discovery begins next week. We love the cast, the scripts and are excited about the world the producers have created. This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show. We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn’t beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows.
[Update, 1/18/17: Added statement from CBS.]
It’s a bold move opting to run the series online rather than on the parent network. That said, it also represents a recognition of the changing medium as we know it. Details have been steadily flowing in since the series was first announced. The latest comes to us straight from showrunner Bryan Fuller, who spoke at the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour in Beverly Hills.
[Update, 10/27/16: Per sources cited by Variety, Bryan Fuller has turned over his showrunning duties to executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts. Fuller will remain on as an executive producer.]
Here’s what we learned.