CBS is launching back into the final frontier. The studio just announced its plans to premiere a "totally new" "Star Trek" television series in January 2017. Here's everything we know so far.
The United Federation of Planets will reconvene once again in two years and with a whole new crew. According to the official press release from CBS, "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."
Note the emphasis on the themes from the original series. The past TV shows had a much stronger emphasis on exploration and peace keeping than the current movie reboots. The studio also announced that this new television series is not related to the upcoming feature film "Star Trek Beyond," coming out in 2016.
However, even though CBS says this isn't attached to the new "Beyond" film, it did hire 2009's "Star Trek" and 2013's "Star Trek Into Darkness" screenwriter and producer Alex Kurtzman to serve as executive producer for the new show (along with Heather Kadin).
The wholly new series will premiere on CBS and then move to CBS' digital subscription service (CBS All Access). But will original fans boldly go online to get new "Trek"? Only time will tell. As for the Enterprise and the original crew (or any other past "Trek" crew for that matter), the studio has yet to reveal if this new creation will slip into the already long-standing Trek canon, or if it will be a total reboot similar to the films.
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