While the internet’s attention seems to be laser-focused on another franchise with “Star” in its title at the moment, Star Trek apparently wants to steal the spotlight, at least briefly, with today’s announcement that a new TV series is on the way.
Multiple sources are reporting that CBS is making a new Star Trek series that will see Alex Kurtzman, the co-writer of the J.J. Abrams-directed Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013), serve as executive producer.
A January 2017 premiere has been set for a preview episode, after which the show will move exclusively to the CBS video on-demand streaming service, CBS All Access (at least in the U.S.). International audiences will see the show distributed “concurrently for television and multiple platforms.”
The official press release offers a brief series synopsis:
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.”
Also of note is the news that the new series will have no connection to the film franchise, including Paramount Picture’s upcoming feature Star Trek Beyond, due out next summer. The new set of characters sounds like an intriguing development, but the series will have a tough battle trying to live up to Patrick Stewart’s Jean-Luc Picard.