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‘Star Trek’ TV Revival is in the Works

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Update (8:08 a.m.): CBS Television Studios has released a statement announcing the new “Star Trek” series will debut in January 2017, beginning with a preview on CBS. All subsequent episodes will then be streamed on its video-on-demand platform CBS All Access, which charges $5.99 a month. The original story, accompanied by the CBS press release, follows.

“Star Trek’s” long-discussed — and, for fans, long hoped-for — return to television is moving ahead, possibly at warp speed.

Deadline reports Alex Kurtzman will oversee development of the project for CBS TV Studios, and serve as executive producer. An official announcement is expected later this morning.

Kurtzman and his longtime collaborator Roberto Orci wrote and executive produced J.J. Abrams’ 2009 big-screen reboot of the franchise. Orci hinted at talks with CBS about a possible TV revival as far back as 2013, although other writers and producers certainly lobbied for the project before that.

If a new “Star Trek” TV series does take flight, it would be the seventh in the franchise, and the first since “Star Trek: Enterprise” was canceled in 2005.

The third film in the rebooted franchise, “Star Trek Beyond,” premieres July 22.

The Next Chapter of the Legendary “Star Trek” TV Franchise Will Premiere on the
CBS Television Network, Then Move to CBS All Access Digital Subscription Service

Alex Kurtzman, Co-Writer and Producer of the Blockbuster Films
“Star Trek” and “Star Trek Into Darkness,” to Executive Produce

CBS Studios International to Distribute the Series Globally
For Television and Multiple Platforms

STUDIO CITY, CALIF. AND NEW YORK, N.Y. – Nov. 2, 2015 – 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 for HAWAII 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.”

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“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, Executive Vice President/General Manager – 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.”

“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 via, 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.


  • jedibanner .

    Reboot again of Star Trek? A 2nd new Kirk on tv?

  • Anduinel

    If this project actually is set in the “reboot” universe, I’m going to be an unhappy camper. Let the JJ-verse nonsense stay confined to the big screen and give me a show where I might see Picard and Sisko again.

  • Da Black Goku

    I’m 100% down for a new series.. 10 years is TOO long… but, I caveat that with my desire for it NOT to be in the JJ-verse. I think that universe is fine and can lead to some new and interesting storylines, but… no. I want to it stay within continuity and keep that saga going. I don’t care if the series takes place 100 years after Picard, I just want THAT universe to be represented.

    I’m not saying I wouldn’t see the series if it took place in the JJ-verse, but… I’d be dissappointed.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    The TV rights to Star Trek and the movie rights to Star Trek are held by two different companies, so it will not likely be set in the JJ-verse.

  • Jp

    No network? Isn’t this a paramount/CBS property? What network would it be on besides CBS?

  • Michael Maday

    Outstanding! But I agree that I prefer it to be in the old timeline, not the Abrams’ reboot, which is fine and interesting in itself. Of course, even that “traditional” view had “Enterprise” changing the timeline. leaving many questions unanswered.

  • MikeTen

    That reboot word scares me.

  • Charlie Carden

    how can this work with the movie franchise? my hopes, it won’t . give us PRIME UNIVERSE back!!! as a super die-hard Trekker, it doesn’t matter, I will watch it. but I know what I want to see.

  • DrDaystrom

    In the past, the word ‘reboot’ on TV has always meant a NEW series (within the Star Trek canon of course) with new characters and storylines.

  • NonyNony

    The way that networks/production companies work there’s no guarantee that something produced by a production company owned by a network’s parent company will run on that network. If they can make more money shopping it around, they’ll shop it around. If NBC wants to throw a truckload of cash at them for a show and CBS is only mildly interested, they’ll go with NBC. Also CBS might be unwilling to spend the money on a show that is likely to be as expensive to produce as (a good) Star Trek would be. Networks generally want to pick shows that will mesh with their lineups – you want to have shows that lead into each other to keep viewers straight from 8pm until 11pm if you can.

    Also – remember that CBS’s sister network is the CW. So if none of the major networks want to foot the bill for a Star Trek reboot it could end up there as well. But expect the budget to be trimmed back to CW-level shows if that’s the case.

  • dekko

    Personally, I would want this to be in the “JJ-verse.” The old ST universe continuity began to bog things down and we were always seeing the same stories. I just wouldn’t want the movies to hamstring the show or vice versa. (i.e. the reason the Enterprise crew got stuck in “Insurrection” and away from the rest of the universe during the war.)

  • Sturgeon’s Law

    I have loved Star Trek since the ’60s, and this is the worst news I’ve heard in a long time. Why? CBS streams video like crap, and All Access is not worth 6 cents a month, much less 6 bucks. Screw those greedy bastards at Black Rock.

  • Max Rettig

    Captain Worf!

  • Bea Dewing

    General Shran?

  • Bea Dewing

    Malcom Reed, the most interesting and under-exposed character on Enterprise, should get a another shot.

  • Marcus

    We’ll see if it’s an actual reboot. For some reason, press release writers and other advertisers think “reboot” is synonymous with “revival,” “sequel,” “prequel,” “spin-off,” or “remake”. See how Ash vs. the Evil Dead was touted as a reboot, even though it’s a continuation of the movies.

  • Eric Berry

    Enterprise did not change the Prime universe timeline though. It dealt with a “Temporal Cold War” sure, but Enterprise still fits in Prime Universe canon.

  • Meekrob

    And for the love of god, NO LENS FLARES!!!

  • Matt Stevens

    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.”

  • Zor-El of Argo

    Boo! Put it on CBS or CW. A monthly fee for CBS shows? Unless it includes naked Orion Slave Girls getting rear-ended by Klingons, I really don’t see the point in paying extra for something that should be broadcast.

  • Travis

    There is nothing in the press release that says anything about this being a reboot. Way to jump the gun.

  • shaunn

    I really hope that this new series takes place in the ST:TNG universe and occurs after Picard and company. I’d like to get back to exploring that universe and the starship designs from that era are the best.

  • Marcus

    Which is what every spinoff did. If this is a spinoff of the Abrams movies, then it’s not a reboot.

  • Lalo Martins

    Didn’t know that! Hope restored :-) thanks!

  • derr

    Then tell me, dumbass, what network is House of Cards or Daredevil on?

  • derr

    Then tell me, dumbass, what network is House of Cards or Daredevil on?

  • Travis

    You’ve missed the point, derr.

  • VBFan

    Totally down for new Trek on TV, but not down with it only being on CBS’ VOD streaming service… :/

  • thetrellan

    It really doesn’t matter what they do or how good the series is. I refuse to pay for every network that thinks it can squeeze money for their services. If Netfilx didn’t drag me in with Daredevil, what makes CBS think they can do it with Star Trek?

  • br003

    As long as it’s good, we don’t need another Stargate Universe Battle Star Galactica wannabe.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    Companies like making money. They have no problem shopping properties around, even if it means the show goes to a rival network.

    Regardless, we already know it will be on CBS’ version of Netflix.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    Insurrection took two weeks to a month, tops. Remember Worf was still on Deep Space 9, so he was present for the majority of the war.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    The fact that with Netflix and CBS, you are still paying less than you would for cable?

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    Stargate Universe was so bad. I wanted to like it. i did. But it was so, so bad.

    Not even Lou Diamond Phillips and Ming Na-Wen could save the series.

  • PretenderNX01

    Cable actually has more of what I watch than Netflix does. It’s not the be all, end all of programing. And since I’m already paying for cable I’m not adding Netflix and CBS Access on top of that.

  • Ozpinhead

    So basically the same crew who had no inkling of what the Star Trek was all about are in charge of further butchering this beloved franchise. Good grief!
    Wasn’t there an upcoming star trek tv show featuring Worf as the star? What happened to it? Replaced for more of JJ Abrams and cronies dumb garbage?

  • Don’t mess with the classics

    “The new television series is not related to the upcoming feature film “Star Trek Beyond,” which means it will be set in the Prime universe and will have nothing to do with the reboots. It will have a new captain and crew much like TNG did.

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