Star Trek is coming back to TV.
CBS announced today big news for trekkies. There will be a new Star Trek TV show coming to CBS in January of 2017. The new Start Trek series will first premiere on the CBS TV network channel and then all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the CBS's digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.
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CBS will syndicate the new Star Trek series around the world. So not all trekkies need to get a $5.99 subscription to CBS All Access.
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.
CBS has not revealed any details on the plot of the new Star Trek series. It is still over one year on the future. The next big thing for sci-fi fans is anyway Star Wars. The new Star Wars movie is coming next month into theaters.
The new untitled Star Trek series is not related to the upcoming feature movie Star Trek Beyond, which is scheduled to be distributed by Paramount Pictures in summer 2016.
Gene Roddenberry's creation, the original “Star Trek” series debuted on Sept. 8, 1966 and aired for three seasons. The series broke new ground in storytelling and cultural mores, providing a progressive look at topics including race relations, global politics and the environment.
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