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.