New Star Trek Series to Air on Space in Canada

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Update (Sep. 15) – Star Trek: Discovery will now premiere in May 2017

Bell Media announced on Monday (July 18) that they have struck a licensing agreement with CBS Studios International to acquire the Canadian rights to the new Star Trek series that will be premiering in January 2017.

The rollout for the new Star Trek series in Canada will be similar to its launch in the U.S. CTV will simulcast the premiere episode when it airs on CBS. While remaining episodes will stream in the U.S. on CBS All Access, the series will be televised on Space (as well as Z in French). The episodes will then be made available on Bell Media’s streaming video-on-demand service, CraveTV.

As the Star Trek franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, look for the new series to introduce a new ship, new crew, new villains and new missions.

The new deal will also see the Star Trek television library (all 727 episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise) return to Space and debut on Cinépop in French. The Star Trek library is also available on CraveTV and Netflix in Canada.

Netflix has won rights to stream the series within 24 hours of its debut in the U.S./Canada across 188 countries.

Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller are co-creators and executive producers of the new series, which is based on Gene Roddenberry’s original series. Fuller launched his career writing for Deep Space Nine and Voyager while Kurtzman has co-written and produced Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013).

The new film installment, Star Trek Beyond, hits theatres this Friday (July 22) while Paramount Pictures has announced plans for a fourth film in the rebooted franchise.

The new Star Trek series begins production this September at Pinewood Toronto Studios.

Update 7/24: On Saturday, July 23 at SDCC, it was revealed that the new title of the series will be Star Trek: Discovery. A new teaser featuring the U.S.S. Discovery’s test flight was also posted! Check it out below.

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