Star Trek fans, Rejoice! CBS and producer Alex Kurtzman are developing a new series of the beloved sci-fi classic for the 50th Anniversary in 2017.
The the way you’ll watch the new series will be different from any previous Trek show. Except for the premiere, the new series will be available only on CBS All Access, the network’s streaming video service.
Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced the recent Star Trek movies, will be the executive producer. The drama is set up at CBS Television Studios and Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout banner. Kurtzman and development head Heather Kadin will executive produce. A search is under way for a writer to take on the cult hit.
The franchise is poised to celebrate its 50th anniversary as the original series debuted September 8, 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 in 1966,” reads the CBS blog post announcing the series.
“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.”
CBS All Access costs $6 per month and provides access to many new and back episodes of shows on the network, including every episode of all previous Star Trek television series. The first new Star Trek episode will be televised and put on the service, but afterward each episode will be exclusive to All Access. Star Trek marks the first original series developed specifically for CBS All Access.
As Peter Ferrara said in a 1970’s parody: “Space! The Final Frontier! These are the voyages of the Starship Booby Prize! Its five year mission – to sell T-shirts, toy phasers, plastic communicators, and anything else we can think of. To seek out new life in old plots and complications. To boldly go where everyone has gone before…”