Star Trek to boldly go for 2017 revival

Hot on the heels of its 50th anniversary a new Star Trek promises new "characters, imaginative new worlds and new civilisations."


Star Trek is returning to television in a new series set for January 2017.

It will premiere on CBS before all new episodes will shift to CBS’ All Access digital subscription service.

Variety reports the series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout banner. Kurtzman co-wrote and produced the films Star Trek (2009) with and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013). A writer is yet to be announced.

The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilisations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.

“This new series will premiere to the national CBS audience, then boldly go where no first-run Star Trek series has gone before – directly to its millions of fans through CBS All Access,” said Marc DeBevoise of CBS Digital Media. “We’ve experienced terrific growth for CBS 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.”

Star Trek first premiered in 1966 and has since spawned Star Trek: The Next Generation, Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise.

“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 of 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.”

The new television series is not related to the upcoming feature film Star Trek Beyond.

10 Responses

  1. Please nothing set in the ‘past’-one of the annoying things about ST Enterprise was the constant inclusion of races, technologies and characters that were unknown prior to being discovered in the later set series.

  2. By the prickling of my thumbs something wicked this way comes. This will be completely dumbed down and unfortunately either rate high, or bomb and Star Trek won’t launch again for 20 years.

  3. As a huge Star Trek fan I am of course very excited. As a TV fan also excited. Better than more reality and “CSI” shows. What chance of seeing in Australia on Free to Air…. probably very little and if, and only if, we do get it it will only to be janked around by a station moving it from prime time to 3 in the morning, only going to air when the station feels like it and then moving each week to a new day. Sigh. With my internet connection (hello copper wire!) I just don’t see the value of subscribing to pay. So excited and sad is my final verdict.

  4. I think it has a great chance of doing very well, there is very little big budget spaced based sci fi showing these days and there are plenty of sci fi fans looking for a big show to get involved with.

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