Franchise to return to the small screen just in time for the 50th anniversary of original series
In a surprise announcement, CBS Television Studios revealed that they will be launching an entirely new Star Trek television series in January 2017.This latest take on the classic Star Trek franchise is being developed by writer/director Alex Kurtzman who previously co-wrote and produced the 2009 Star Trek reboot and its 2013 sequel, Star Trek into Darkness. Kurtzman will act as Executive Producer on the new series, which will premiere with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Network in January 2017. The premiere episode, and all subsequent episodes, will then be available exclusively on CBS All Access, the Network's digital subscription video-on-demand and live streaming service. The new Star Trek will be the first original series developed specifically for CBS All Access, which already offers every episode of all the previous Star Trek television series.
Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary next year and has become one of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. The original series spawned an animated series, four other live action series and a dozen feature films, which isn't bad for a series that was originally cancelled after three seasons. Almost half a century later, the Star Trek television series are licensed on a variety of different platforms in more than 190 countries, and the franchise still generates more than a billion social media impressions every month. This latest iteration of Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.
“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.” Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group added “Every day, an episode of the Star Trek franchise is seen in almost every country in the world and we can’t wait to introduce Star Trek's next voyage on television to its vast global fan base.”
The new series will not be related to the upcoming film Star Trek Beyond, which opens next summer. That raises the question of whether Kurtzman can return the franchise to the small screen in a way that not only offers something new but is also respectful of what has gone before? We're certainly curious to find out but what about you? Let us know in the discussion thread.
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