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The Next Chapter of the Legendary “Star Trek” TV Franchise Will Premiere on the CBS Television Network, Then Move to CBS All Access Digital Subscription Service

Alex Kurtzman, Co-Writer and Producer of the Blockbuster Films

“Star Trek” and “Star Trek Into Darkness,” to Executive Produce

CBS Studios International to Distribute the Series Globally

For Television and Multiple Platforms


STUDIO CITY, CALIF. AND NEW YORK, N.Y. – Nov. 2, 2015 – CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new “Star Trek” television series in January 2017. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.

The next chapter of the “Star Trek” franchise will also be distributed concurrently for television and multiple platforms around the world by CBS Studios International.

The new program will be the first original series developed specifically for U.S. audiences for CBS All Access, a cross-platform streaming service that brings viewers thousands of episodes from CBS’s current and past seasons on demand, plus the ability to stream their local CBS Television station live for $5.99 per month. CBS All Access already offers every episode of all previous “Star Trek” television series.

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.

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’ve experienced terrific growth for CBS All Access, expanding the service across affiliates and devices in a very short time. 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.”

CBS All Access offers its customers more than 7,500 episodes from the current television season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand nationwide, as well as 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, with more connected devices to come.

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
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Old 11-02-2015, 03:53 PM   #2
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This is just a terrible move to provide the show to their app only, which will cost $5.99 per month.

They'd be better off licensing it to Netflix or Amazon.
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Old 11-02-2015, 03:57 PM   #3
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This is just a terrible move to provide the show to their app only, which will cost $5.99 per month.

They'd be better off licensing it to Netflix or Amazon.
Yeah, as a Trekker I was excited about the announcement until I read that part and was like, "Oh. This is dumb. Guess I won't be watching it past the pilot until available elsewhere."
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Old 11-02-2015, 03:58 PM   #4
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The involvement of Kurtzman doesn't inspire confidence. Hopefully he hires a good showrunner and isn't involved that much.
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Old 11-02-2015, 04:12 PM   #5
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It's amazing how Big Bang Theory has made old mediocre TV, comics, etc. into a new popular genre.
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Old 11-02-2015, 04:21 PM   #6
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It sounds like CBS is going in the direction of the new movies because they're still under the delusion that one of the largest and most loyal fanbases in all media isn't a good way to make money. Instead they're thinking that the Orci team is capable of replicating the success of a House of Cards without the brilliance in scriptwriting or product.

I was hopeful that they'd listen to Michael Dorn and give the Captain Worf Show a try, but not while they're working with this shit right here.

And I imagine to make it more palatable and open to new viewers, they're going to set it in the alternate universe, too. They're not going to work within the politics or the story-telling of the previous Star Trek series.

I have low expectations for this. This smells bad. It will probably suck dick.
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Old 11-02-2015, 04:22 PM   #7
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Old 11-02-2015, 04:23 PM   #8
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It's amazing how Big Bang Theory has made old mediocre TV, comics, etc. into a new popular genre.
It actually has nothing to do with BBT.

Amazon, Hulu and Netflix have all been trying to attain the rights to programs from the 60-90's so that they can provide more Original series and entertainment.

The networks have been trying as well. Coach was brought back this last summer with the entire original cast but after 8 episodes, it was scratched because it wasn't working.

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is going to Netflix, X-Files back to Fox, Twin Peaks at Showtime, The Muppet Show at ABC, Xena: Warrior Princess at NBC and many more to come.
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Old 11-04-2015, 12:24 PM   #9
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I knew it! ****ing Les Moonves had ulterior motives for re-launching Star Trek and because of that, like SNR, I have extremely low expectations.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/liv...ent-cbs-836710

We're looking to do original content on All Access and build up that platform. Netflix is our friend a competitor. They compete with [CBS Corp.'s] Showtime. All Access will put out original content and knowing the loyalty of Star Trek fans, this will boost it… There's about a billion channels out there and because of Star Trek, people will know what All Access is about."

All the series have done well in terms of streaming. Added in to that, Star Trek is a huge international franchise. Our international distribution guy is going crazy; he can't wait to get out to the marketplace and sell that. Right away, we're more than halfway home on the cost of the show from international alone. The risk is small in seeing the track record. We think it'll be great and bring in a lot more subscribers. We're really excited about it. [Star Trek 2017 is a] world-class effort that will make all Star Trek fans proud.
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Old 11-04-2015, 12:29 PM   #10
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The on-All Access is dumb. I was marginally interested before. Won't even watch the pilot now, don't want to get sucked in.
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The on-All Access is dumb. I was marginally interested before. Won't even watch the pilot now, don't want to get sucked in.
I'm not a Kurtzman/Orci/Lindleof fan, at all. They generally have good ideas but after a number of episodes, the story falls apart. It happened with LOST, Fringe and Sleepy Hollow. Star Trek II, IMO, was a complete and utter disastrous sham of a movie.

I'll be shocked if pilot is even watchable.
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I'm not a Kurtzman/Orci/Lindleof fan, at all. They generally have good ideas but after a number of episodes, the story falls apart. It happened with LOST, Fringe and Sleepy Hollow. Star Trek II, IMO, was a complete and utter disastrous sham of a movie.

I'll be shocked if pilot is even watchable.

To be clear, you're talking Into Darkness, not II, right?
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To be clear, you're talking Into Darkness, not II, right?
It may as well have been II. Paramount could have asked any random Star Trek fan to write a fanfic script based on Kahn in the new parallel universe. That's basically what happened in this movie. No new characters or villains. Lines upon lines of dialogue STRAIGHT UP lifted out of Wrath of Kahn. The same plot points. Not to mention the tendency for this team to make cute references to the old show, as if they think, "Just saying 'Gorn' or 'Tribble' will satisfy the hardcore nerds."

It wasn't as bad as Final Frontier or Insurrection, but it's by far the most uncreative pile of dogshit ever to be found in a Star Trek movie.

Will I watch the new series? I'll check it out. But honestly, I'm more excited for something like Star Trek: Axanar than I am this series.
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It may as well have been II. Paramount could have asked any random Star Trek fan to write a fanfic script based on Kahn in the new parallel universe. That's basically what happened in this movie. No new characters or villains. Lines upon lines of dialogue STRAIGHT UP lifted out of Wrath of Kahn. The same plot points. Not to mention the tendency for this team to make cute references to the old show, as if they think, "Just saying 'Gorn' or 'Tribble' will satisfy the hardcore nerds."

It wasn't as bad as Final Frontier or Insurrection, but it's by far the most uncreative pile of dogshit ever to be found in a Star Trek movie.

Will I watch the new series? I'll check it out. But honestly, I'm more excited for something like Star Trek: Axanar than I am this series.
No. They blatantly ripped of Wrath of Khan, but did it poorly and insulted ST fans everywhere. Into Darkness is an abomination; Wrath of Khan is the best ST movie ever made.
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To be clear, you're talking Into Darkness, not II, right?
Right. I can't even remember how it was enumerated.

I refused to see it in the theater because of Lindelof's involvment but did purchase the DVD last holiday season for $3.99.

It took me like three nights to get through that piece of crap. $3.99 was $3.98 too much.
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