CBS will have the privilege of launching the first new Star Trek live action TV series since Enterprise (2001-2005). They announced yesterday that there will be a special preview broadcast on regular CBS television and the show proper will be exclusively available on the CBS All Access subscription streaming service.
Alex Kurtzman will be the executive producer for the new series. A troubling development to me since he was co-writer and producer of both J.J. Abrams Star Trek movies, which started off okay and then got insultingly worse far as I’m concerned. Star Trek has always been better suited to television and perhaps that serialized format and less hyped up focus will let the creators feel like they have room to tell stories like episodes “Best of Both Worlds”, “The Void”, “Mirror Mirror” and “Balance of Terror.”
CBS certainly seems confident in their new crew and project. “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.”
The only details we have so far on the show itself is a brief description; “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.”
The January 2017 release date will thus coincide pretty closely with the 50th anniversary of the debut of the original series. Something I’m expecting quite a lot of fanfare for in 2016. Paramount’s Star Trek Beyond will undoubtedly play into that bigtime, even though CBS says that Beyond and the upcoming show will be unrelated to each other.
I’m personally hoping the new show will be set after Voyager. I think plenty of fans want to see a new century’s worth of advances in society and technology.