The premiere of the new TV series Star Trek: Discovery has been delayed from January to May 2017.The announcement was made by CBS, who are producing the series as part of their new All Access streaming service in the US. The series was created and is being executive produced by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzmann, who have already completed three scripts and planned out the entire first season.
“Bringing Star Trek back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood,” Kurtzman and Fuller said in a statement. “We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality. Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: Star Trek deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.”
What this most likely means is that the extra post-production time has been allocated in order to improve the effects. A teaser for the new series was released in July and was heavily criticised for the quality of its special effects. In the modern age audiences expect high quality effects in a production, even if it's being produced for television. A series like Game of Thrones has shown that just because something is made for TV that doesn't mean it can't have feature-quality effects.
“The series template and episodic scripts that Alex and Bryan have delivered are incredibly vivid and compelling,” said CBS TV Studios president David Stapf. “They are building a new, very ambitious Star Trek world for television, and everyone involved supports their vision for the best timing to bring to life what we all love on the page.”
Star Trek has just celebrated its 50th anniversary and the new series will consist of 13 episodes but, since the producers are still casting, the show hasn't even gone into production yet. However it's good to see that they recognise the need to give themselves sufficient time to deliver a quality product that is worthy of the Star Trek name. Star Trek: Discovery will be streamed each week by Netflix here in the UK.
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