Star Trek Will Boldly Go Back To TV With A New Series
Since it first premiered on television in 1966, Star Trek has been exploring strange new worlds, seeking out new life and new civilizations, and boldly going where no man (or no one, depending on when you started watching) has gone before for almost 50 years. But while the current movies are making huge bank at the box office, the franchise hasn’t returned to TV since Star Trek: Enterprise ended in 2005—until now.
According to an official announcement from the Star Trek website, executive producer Alex Kurtzman is developing a “totally new” TV series set in the Star Trek universe that will premiere on CBS All Access, the network’s video on demand subscription service, in January 2017.
Kurtzman, along with Roberto Orci, wrote the 2009 film Star Trek and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness, both of which helped to revitalize the franchise for a new audience. He also oversees the CBS shows Limitless and Scorpion, as well as Hawaii Five-0 with Orci, and Sleepy Hollow for Fox.
The Star Trek series is reportedly “not related” to the Enterprise crew we’ve grown accustomed to seeing on the big screen recently, which includes Chris Pine as Captain James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto as his second in command, Spock—nor will it relate to the upcoming movie Star Trek Beyond, which hits theaters in July, 2016.
Instead, the new series 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.”
Given the size and scope of the Star Trek universe, here’s no telling what CBS could do with this new series. Will all of this still be taking place in the new timeline, or in the original one that older Spock left behind? Will they play around with contemporaries of the 23rd century Enterprise team, or launch forward into the 24th century like Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and Voyager did? Or will they go back in time like they did with Enterprise?
Regardless of which direction the story takes, one thing’s for sure: we are happier than Barclay on a Holodeck right now. Get pumped, fellow Starfleet fans!