Today, CBS officially announced the development of a new Star Trek television series -- the first since 2005's Enterprise. The news first broke via The Hollywood Reporter, and was later confirmed by StarTrek.com, announcing that the series is being produced by CBS and will take a rather bold step in its style of distribution.
The all-new television series is officially coming, and will serve as the latest Star Trek production under the watchful eye of Alex Kurtzman. Star Trek fans may recognize Kurtzman's name, he co-wrote and produced 2009's Star Trek with Roberto Orci, and Star Trek Into Darkness with Orci and Damon Lindelof. Boldly going alongside Kurtzman is executive producer Heather Kadin.
David Stapf, President of CBS Television Studios, welcomed the series with open arms, saying:
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. 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.
According to Star Trek's press release, the series will feature all-new characters who are "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." The series is not tied to Paramount Pictures' Star Trek Beyond, which is slated for release in summer of 2016.
The series premiere will air for a national audience on CBS, but all subsequent episodes (and ultimately, the full series) will first be available for viewing on CBS All Access, the company's VOD subscription service which goes for $5.99 per month.
For cable customers, this doesn't change much in how they view their programming as it airs. But for customers who rely on streaming services, this means a subscription to CBS All Access is the only way to view the episodes legally. Still, the service offers live streaming of CBS Network with your $5.99 monthly subscription as well as Video on Demand (at the moment, all previous episodes from all Star Trek television series are available for viewing).
Originally developed by Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek is a science fiction franchise that went where few scifi productions have gone before: Into the social issues of its time, tackling heavy issues within its fantastical world of outer space fantasy.
The series will premiere in January of 2017.