The Eye Network announced today that it is launching a new “Star Trek” TV series in January 2017 that will debut its initial installment on CBS’ linear TV channels, then premiere all subsequent first-run episodes on its streaming service CBS All Access.
It will also be distributed internationally on multiple platforms, both linear TV and digital, by CBS Studios International.
Since launching in October 2014, CBS All Access — which lets users watch select live and on-demand programming from the broadcast network without a cable subscription for $5.99 a month — hasn’t been in the news much. While the addition of an original exclusive such as “Star Trek” is unlikely to put the streaming service into hyperdrive, perhaps now it will be occasionally mentioned in the same breath as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.
The new “Star Trek” series will introduce new characters seeking out new worlds and new civilizations, and generally going where no man (or woman) has gone before. It will be executive produced by Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced the original franchise’s big screen reboots “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. Paramount is scheduled to release the third installment in big screen the reboot, “Star Trek Beyond,” directed by Justin Lin, in the summer of 2016.
Created by the late Gene Roddenberry, the original “Star Trek” series had a three-season run on NBC from 1966 to 1969. It was followed by a Saturday morning cartoon based on the original show (1973–1974) and the prime time series “The Next Generation” (1987–1994), “Deep Space Nine” (1993–1999), “Voyager” (1995–2001) and “Enterprise” (2001–2005) and dozen feature films (not counting the upcoming “Beyond”).
CBS All Access offers its customers more than 7,500 episodes of current and classic shows, including every episode of all previous “Star Trek” television series. It also gives users the ability to stream local CBS stations live in more than 110 markets. Subscribers can use the service online and across devices via CBS.com, the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, as well as on connected devices such as Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku players and Roku TV.