CBS has announced it will relaunch the famed series "Star Trek" in 2017.
The show will debut with a special preview on the CBS television network in January of 2017 before moving all new episodes to its digital brand, CBS All Access. This is the first major television show launch that will have new episodes premiere first on the Internet.
Like Netflix, Hulu and other Internet-based subscription services, CBS All Acess is a paid subscription service offering new and classic shows from the CBS library. It already includes reruns of the classic television show that launched the brand on NBC in 1966.
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.
Alex Kurtzman will serve as executive producer for the new "Star Trek" TV series. Kurtzman co-wrote and produced the 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.
"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."
"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 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."
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.