New Star Trek TV Series Officially Announced for 2017


Ever since J.J. Abrams successfully revitalized the Star Trek brand back in 2009 with his big screen reboot, there has been rampant speculation that a new TV series might be in the works as well. As it turns out, with so many other TV revivals happening right now, it seems that CBS is finally ready to pull the trigger on a new Star Trek show. Today they have officially announced that Star Trek will be returning to TV in January 2017, but there is a catch: although the first episode will debut on CBS, all future episodes will go straight to their new paid subscription streaming service, CBS All Access. Marc DeBevoise, executive VP and GM at CBS Digital Media, had this to say:

“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… 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.”

So in other words they are taking advantage of hardcore Trek fans who will clearly have no choice but to pay the subscription fee. Details on the new show are still scarce but it 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.” It does not seem to be directly connected to the feature film franchise, but it will be executive produced by Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin (Scorpion, Sleepy Hollow). Are you looking forward to a new Star Trek TV series?

  • 1138sw

    Can Kurtzman move on to other franchises please…why does JJ’s crew keep on working on this franchise??? There are other franchises you know!

    As for CBS moving the series to CBSAA is really not cool but they got every right too…which is to bad cause I think they could really popularize the series again with wider audience access. The movies by JJ will always be meh to me so anything from his crew, Kurtzman and Orci is gonna be met by lukewarm to extreme skepticism from me. And it’s not like the movies were the Billion dollar BO franchises Paramount was hoping for.

  • This paid subscription service trend is not going to last. People may be willing to pay for a standalone HBO because of the wealth of good content they put out, but no one is going to pay for subscriptions to every individual content provider. Unless all of the major networks are able to pull off a batting average like HBO, this trend will die or become free/ad-supported.

  • devolutionary

    Yeah, people (myself and the Junkers included) are already annoyed with the multiple Digital movie services like UltraViolet, Google Play, ITunes, VHX, not playing ball with each other. I don’t want 25 different isolated libraries of streaming content. The reason why Netflix worked was because it was the first to do it effectively.

  • ProjectGenesis

    Would love to see weekly recaps/analysis by Reed here on the site.

  • Sean

    The question is will Reed finally bite the bullet and pay for internet so that he can watch this?

  • Private

    I will totally steal this off internet. Screw CBS trying to take advantage of fan base.

  • Stinker

    Hope reed will see it, when he has a “fully Functional” Internet access, right hat his homebase, and finds it in HD, so he can see it at his new HD Widescreen TV. And hope Reed has now a reason to find the
    future not totally f….. u. .

  • Lori Cerny

    Maybe Reed will have sleepovers at Jay’s.

  • Lori Cerny

    Hmm, it is $5.99/month. That’s not bad if the show is really good and there’d be no worries about it suddenly becoming unavailable the way content does on Amazon and Netflix.

  • Reed Farrington

    Not even Star Trek could make me pay for Internet. (I’m still sore about spending thousands of dollars for Star Trek on VHS.)

  • Reed Farrington

    Kurtzman and Kadin have a knack for creating popular TV series. Unfortunately, I don’t like a single one of them.

  • Glen

    Will the new Star Trek TV show have a cast of new characters or are they bringing back Kirk, Spock, and Bones?
    I’d like to see new characters rather than recycle old ones.

  • Sean

    It says they will introduce new characters and I doubt they will want to confuse things with the movie franchise but you never know.

  • Jason Black

    It hurt soo much chucking my 89 Next Gen VHS tapes into the skip….
    Currently waiting for the Blu Ray Boxset to drop to about £50 before i bite.

  • pcch7

    There should always be a Star Trek show on tv imo, whether it will be good is anyones guess I suppose