Star Trek fans, you’re getting a new series. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s going to stream exclusively on a platform that you probably don’t use.
CBS All Access, the network’s on-demand streaming platform, will be the exclusive home to the new Star Trek TV series. It’s set to debut in January, 2017.
CBS All Access is $5.99 per month.
No specific plot details have been announced, but CBS says “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.”
“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.”
Kurtzman produced and co-wrote the most recent Star Trek films.
According to CBS, the premiere episode will air on CBS, but then it’s going online-only. The rest of the series will stream exclusively on CBS All Access.
“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.”