If you were looking forward to seeing Star Trek back on the small screen early next year, you’re going to have to wait just a little bit longer. CBS announced this week that the debut of their upcoming series Star Trek: Discovery has been pushed back four months from January to May 2017. The proposed January premiere date did seem a little bit ambitious, especially considering that they are still in the process of casting (they recently announced it will feature a female lead) and production doesn’t officially start until November. Network television has always been a bit of a grind, but the bar for quality has significantly increased since the last Star Trek show went off the air back in 2005. Here’s what producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller had to say about the delay:
“Bringing Star Trek back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood. We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality. Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: Star Trek deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.”
In the meantime, CBS will move their upcoming spin-off of The Good Wife into the Star Trek slot. Clearly there is a lot riding on Star Trek: Discovery, and if they hope to increase subscribers to their CBS All Access streaming service, the show is going to have to be pretty damn good. The service currently has 1 million subscribers at a rate of $5.99 a month (CBS also recently announced an ad-free option for $9.99 a month). Do you think this delay will help Star Trek: Discovery live up to expectations?