CBS Television Studios announced today plans to launch a brand new Star Trek television series in January 2017. The new project is innovative in the sense that it is being designed as a digital series, airing on CBS All Access, the network’s streaming service in the U.S. The plan would be to preview the series on linear, with a special screening on CBS before making it’s way to the $5.99 video on demand service.
CBS Studios International will distribute the new Star Trek series globally — and could appear on conventional network or streaming platforms.
In Canada, the series could face a bidding war from Netflix, Shomi and CraveTV (which will be made available to all Canadians beginning January 2016). There’s still a small chance that the series could wind up on a Canadian specialty channel like Space or even The Movie Network or Movie Central depending on what the bid would be.
Star Trek is a pretty big franchise and would be a big coup for programmers at Bell, Rogers, Shaw and Corus. Currently, all seasons of Star Trek (1966-1969) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994) are both streaming on Shomi and CraveTV, while Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993-1999), Star Trek: Voyager (1995-2001) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001-2005) are available on CraveTV.
According to CBS, the brand new series 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.” Created by Gene Roddenberry, the franchise will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 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 Stepf, President of CBS Television Studios.
Alex Kurtzman will serve as the series’ executive producer — he co-wrote 2009’s Stark Trek film with Robert Orci as well as 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness with Orci and Damon Lindelof. CBS Television Studios will produce the series along with Kurtzman’s company, Secret Hideout. Also service as executive producer of the series is Heather Kadin. Kurtzman and Kadin also serve as executive producers on Scorpion and Limitless along with Orci (Kurtzman and Orci also oversee Hawaii Five-0).
CBS has made it clear that the new television series will not be related to the upcoming feature film Star Trek Beyond which will hit theatres next summer.