In the midst of Hollywood’s frantic race for franchises, we’ve seen reboots for just about every major property under the sun. As one such property, Star Trek has seen a massive resurgence following J.J. Abrams’ two (soon to be three) films over the last six years. Now, the iconic sci-fi franchise will head back to television, with the announcement from CBS that the network will bring Star Trek back as a full-on series.
[Update, 1/31/17: Added production teaser, above.]
[Update, 7/25/16: Per an announcement made at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, the new show will be called ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and will premiere January 2017 on CBS. Added “First Look” footage of test flight of U.S.S. Discovery that debuted at San Diego Comic-Con 2016 (see 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.]
It comes as an interesting turn of events, given that the original TV series has already gone through a whole host of reboots over the last half-century of its existence. Already we’ve seen Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager, and Enterprise in addition to the original 1966 iteration, making CBS’s planned series the fifth version in the history of Gene Roddenberry’s series. So what can we expect moving forward? Here’s what we know (and don’t know) so far. [Update, 5/19/16: Added teaser (see above).]