Hold onto your freaking phasers, friends. CBS announced a new Star Trek series this morning which is just further proof that dreams really do come true.
The new series will come out in January 2017!!!!!! Ugh, so close yet so far!
(Sidebar: In case you are wondering, according to CBS, the new series is not related to Star Trek Beyond, Paramount Pictures’ upcoming film which will be released in theaters in the summer of 2016!)
Here is what CBS.com had to say about their new Star Trek series:
“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.”
Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek into Darkness (2013), will be a part of the show as executive producer. Heather Kadin will also be executive producing.
According to CBS.com, the new series will begin with a “special preview broadcast” of the first episode on CBS Television Network. After that, the first episode and all other first-run episodes will only be available in the United States on CBS All Access.
And, according to CBS.com: “The next chapter of the Star Trek franchise will also be distributed concurrently for television and multiple platforms around the world by CBS Studios International.”
Here is some info about CBS All Access, from today’s CBS.com announcement:
“The new program will be the first original series developed specifically for U.S. audiences for CBS All Access, a cross-platform streaming service that brings viewers thousands of episodes from CBS’s current and past seasons on demand, plus the ability to stream their local CBS Television stations live for $5.99 per month. CBS All Access already offers every episode of all previous Star Trek television series.
Sign up for a free trial of CBS All Access and prep for the new show with every episode of the classic Star Trek series available commercial-free!”
This is a very exciting time for a new Star Trek series! 2016 will mark the 50th anniversary of Star Trek! Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek premiered on September 8, 1966!!!! Star Trek was revolutionary in the 60’s. And, the original, as well as the multiple movies and series’ since that time, have discussed peace, justice, societal development, environmental development, and technological development that is still incredibly relevant and powerful today. I can’t wait to experience this new chapter.
“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.”
For those of us who have been anxiously awaiting/praying for a new Star Trek series, this is such amazing news!!!!
I love the idea of “new characters” and “new worlds.” I think that creating something fresh and completely new is the perfect way to keep Star Trek going.
I’m just praying for unknown actors to be cast. What do you all think about casting? And everything else! Are you excited?! Skeptical?! Leave comments! Let’s discuss!
And you can check out the entire CBS announcement here!