New CBS Star Trek series to explore digital universe

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Set phasers for stun! CBS Television Studios announced Monday that they are boldly going forward with an all-new Star Trek series.

Lift off is set for January, 2017. There will be a special preview broadcast on CBS, then the premiere and all subsequent first-run episodes will be available in the U.S. on CBS All Access,the network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.

Where it lands in Canada will be up to an Enterprising broadcaster or digital platform provider. CBS Studios International will be making that sale.

It’s the first original series developed specifically for U.S. audiences for CBS All Access, a service available Stateside for US$5.99 per month. CBS All Access already offers every episode of all previous Star Trek television series.

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It will only cost five bucks, says Spock (plus 99 cents)

Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced “Star Trek” (2009) with Roberto Orci, and “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013) with Orci and Damon Lindelof,  will serve as executive producer. Kurtzman is also an EP on CBS dramas Scorpion, Limitless and Hawaii FIVE-0.

No word yet on casting. The Star Trek franchise celebrates 50 years in 2016. That summer, “Star Trek Beyond” is scheduled to hit theatres.

2 Responses to “New CBS Star Trek series to explore digital universe”

  1. Hi Bill, I am a third year Western University student currently enrolled in a course called Writing for arts and entertainment journalism. My professor, Dan Brown, pointed me in your direction. For an upcoming feature assignment I am talking about the revival of TV shows Full House, Gilmore Girls, and Star Trek. All of these shows will be broadcasted from on demand streaming sites (Netflix and CBS). I was wondering what your take on this was. Do you think this will impact how the audience engages with the show? Why do you think the producers of the shows agreed to have them streamed on demand? and why would this appeal to netflix and cbs? Thank you so much for your time, looking forward to hearing from you! Jessica

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