New Star Trek TV Series Coming in 2017

And I’m not sure how I feel about it.Alex Kurtzman will serve as executive producer for the new Star Trek TV series.”  As part of the brain-trust behind the recent reboot, I’m happy that his writing partner Orci is not involved in this ‘new series”.   No word yet what time-frame the series will exist in, or in what universe (JJ, Classic) the series will be made.

My personal preference was that this would have been a Netflix or HBO series, focusing on quality and a multi-episode story line.

The new television series is not related to the upcoming feature film Star Trek Beyond which is scheduled to be distributed by Paramount Pictures in summer 2016.

Clarification: ‘Not related’ to the upcoming movie does not say it won’t be in the same universe established in the recent reboot.

More as this story develops.  Hollywood Reporter.

The full press release:

CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new Star Trek television series in January 2017. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.

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.

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 station live for $5.99 per month. CBS All Access already offers every episode of all previous Star Trek television 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 will serve as executive producer for the new Star Trek TV series. Kurtzman co-wrote and produced the blockbuster films Star Trek (2009) with Roberto Orci, and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) with Orci and Damon Lindelof. Both films were produced and directed by J.J. Abrams.

The new series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout. Kurtzman and Heather Kadin will serve as executive producers. Kurtzman is also an executive producer for the hit CBS television series Scorpion and Limitless, along with Kadin and Orci, and forHawaii Five-0 with Orci.

Star Trek, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016, is one of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. The original Star Trek spawned a dozen feature films and five successful television series. 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.

Born from the mind of Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek series debuted on Sept. 8, 1966 and aired for three seasons – a short run that belied the influence it would have for generations. The series also broke new ground in storytelling and cultural mores, providing a progressive look at topics including race relations, global politics and the environment.

“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.”

“This new series will premiere to the national CBS audience, then boldly go where no first-run Star Trekseries has gone before – directly to its millions of fans through CBS All Access,” said Marc DeBevoise, Executive Vice President/General Manager – CBS Digital Media. “We’ve experienced terrific growth forCBS All Access, expanding the service across affiliates and devices in a very short time. We now have an incredible opportunity to accelerate this growth with the iconic Star Trek, and its devoted and passionate fan base, as our first original series.”

“Every day, an episode of the Star Trek franchise is seen in almost every country in the world,” said Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group. “We can’t wait to introduce Star Trek’s next voyage on television to its vast global fan base.”

CBS All Access offers its customers more than 7,500 episodes from the current television season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand nationwide, as well as the ability to stream local CBS stations live in more than 110 markets. Subscribers can use the service online and across devices, the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, as well as on connected devices such as Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku players and Roku TV, with more connected devices to come.

The new television series is not related to the upcoming feature film Star Trek Beyond which is scheduled to be distributed by Paramount Pictures in summer 2016.

3 thoughts on “New Star Trek TV Series Coming in 2017

  1. Since they’re talking about new civilisations and new worlds, I think (and hope) it will be set after Nemesis. Cause I don’t see how they would explain the absence of those strange new worlds in TNG, DS9 etc. The same goes for events: if they want to do have anything special events taking place that have some influence on the Federation or the Klingon empire or other entities in our part of the galaxy, it would be strange to have it happen somewhere between Kirk and Picard if it’s never mentioned in Picard/Sisko/Janeway’s time.

    Assuming CBS doesn’t want to interfere with STO’s events and probably even wants to create some opportunities for new content in STO, it may even be set a few years before, after or around 2409/2410. This would also give them more freedom since there’s less risk of contradicting established canon.


  2. Reblogged this on Star Trek Online – Heidy's Thingies and commented:
    As a player of STO, this is definitely noteworthy. I’m intrigued by this, but I don’t really have any expectations (euphoria or dread) about the new Trek show. Why? Because looking back, it dawns on me that I actually haven’t watched a lot of Star Trek in my time. Out of the five TV series, I’ve probably seen 40% of the TNG episodes (mostly the last 3-4 seasons on reruns), maybe a quarter of DS9 (also on reruns), 10-15 or so episodes of TOS, and a random smattering of Voyager and Enterprise. In other words, I never had a real affinity with Star Trek TV shows, plus the fact that this thing being “US exclusive” and available on a paid channel other than HBO pretty much takes it out of my radar screen. Still, noteworthy!


  3. It’s CBS. Given the licensing mess that Trek is (that we, as STO players, know about through hard experience), it pretty much has to be Prime Universe. Paramount owns the Abrams stuff.


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