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The Next Chapter of the Legendary “Star Trek” TV Franchise Will Premiere on the CBS Television Network, Then Move to CBS All Access Digital Subscription Service

Alex Kurtzman, Co-Writer and Producer of the Blockbuster Films
“Star Trek” and “Star Trek Into Darkness,” to Executive Produce

CBS Studios International to Distribute the Series Globally
For Television and Multiple Platforms

STUDIO CITY, CALIF. AND NEW YORK, N.Y. – Nov. 2, 2015 – CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new “Star Trek” television series in January 2017. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.

The next chapter of the “Star Trek” franchise will also be distributed concurrently for television and multiple platforms around the world by CBS Studios International.

The new program will be the first original series developed specifically for U.S. audiences for CBS All Access, a cross-platform streaming service that brings viewers thousands of episodes from CBS’s current and past seasons on demand, plus the ability to stream their local CBS Television station live for $5.99 per month. CBS All Access already offers every episode of all previous “Star Trek” television series.

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.

Alex Kurtzman will serve as executive producer for the new “Star Trek” TV series. Kurtzman co-wrote and produced the blockbuster films “Star Trek” (2009) with Roberto Orci, and “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013) with Orci and Damon Lindelof. Both films were produced and directed by J.J. Abrams.

The new series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout. Kurtzman and Heather Kadin will serve as executive producers. Kurtzman is also an executive producer for the hit CBS television series SCORPION and LIMITLESS, along with Kadin and Orci, and for HAWAII FIVE-0 with Orci.

“Star Trek,” which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016, is one of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. The original “Star Trek” spawned a dozen feature films and five successful television series. Almost half a century later, the “Star Trek” television series are licensed on a variety of different platforms in more than 190 countries, and the franchise still generates more than a billion social media impressions every month.

Born from the mind of Gene Roddenberry, the original “Star Trek” series debuted on Sept. 8, 1966 and aired for three seasons – a short run that belied the influence it would have for generations. The series also broke new ground in storytelling and cultural mores, providing a progressive look at topics including race relations, global politics and the environment.

“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.”

“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,” said Marc DeBevoise, Executive Vice President/General Manager – CBS Digital Media. “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.”

“Every day, an episode of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise is seen in almost every country in the world,” said Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group. “We can’t wait to introduce ‘Star Trek’s’ next voyage on television to its vast global fan base.”

CBS All Access offers its customers more than 7,500 episodes from the current television season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand nationwide, as well as the ability to stream local CBS stations live in more than 110 markets. Subscribers can use the service online and across devices via CBS.com, the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, as well as on connected devices such as Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku players and Roku TV, with more connected devices to come.

The new television series is not related to the upcoming feature film “Star Trek Beyond,” which is scheduled to be distributed by Paramount Pictures in summer 2016.

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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  • scotchyscotchscotch

    Let’s all just enjoy this announcement for a minute and hold off on bashing Kurtzman. Just enjoy it!

    • Prince Poopy Pooch

      What if we don’t “enjoy” the idea of him being involved? I’d rather have no Trek than bad Trek.

      • Maya Quinto

        Okay then!

      • Brian Thorn

        Roddenberry was surrounded by a lot of talent that didn’t always subscribe to his vision of Star Trek. Gene L. Coon was actually responsible for creating a lot of Trek’s foundation. Kurtzman could be the same way, running the show but bringing in others with different viewpoints.

        • Prince Poopy Pooch

          I hope so. But Gene Coon very much built on the Roddenberry philosophy. He essentially took Roddenberry’s values and helped make them work realistically. I would hope that Kurtzman is open to different takes.

  • Matthew

    I’m sorry but streaming only in the US? This show will never get the budget it needs and will be dead immediately…thanks CBS

    • macindc

      I think it’s not true at all that streaming means no budget. Netflix has show budgets that either match or exceed HBO’s (House of Cards costs over $4 million an episode) The platform has nothing to do with the budget.

      • Matthew

        CBS isn’t Netflix…but i hope i am wrong…i so hope i am wrong

        • New Horizon

          It’s streaming in the US but being aired on Television and other platforms concurrently around the world.

          “The next chapter of the Star Trek franchise will also be distributed concurrently for television and multiple platforms around the world by CBS Studios International.”

    • Justin Olson

      CBS Corp has tons of money at its disposal. This will be a major flagship show for their streaming service. The execs will want it to look good and expensive, on par with the current films. Kurtzman will get $50 million for the first season easily. Probably more, as initial set construction will be expensive.

  • Donny Pearson

    Cool! While only the special preview broadcast airs on CBS with the premiere episode and subsequent first-run episodes exclusively available on CBS All Access in the United States, the new series will air on physical TV outlets outside of the United States. Hopefully, CBS would release the new series on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD worldwide, both in and outside of U.S. Hopefully, someone would write a petition for CBS to broadcast the new “Star Trek” series, not just the special preview episode, in addition to streaming it on CBS All Access. Hopefully, the new series should take place after 2002’s “Nemesis.”

    • Matthew

      Yep hopefully they do vod for it…would probably go that way even with the higher cost

  • Binyamin Koretz

    I just want to buy it on Blu-ray.

    • Binyamin Koretz

      next week, if possible 😉

  • iamawild

    I sure hope this is true….I really hope

    • vincanss

      It’s true! Unless they change their minds.

  • Darkthunder

    Couple of points…

    2017: Bit late for the premiere, but thank you for finally building some hype for Trek’s 50th (and beyond… no pun intended).

    Alex Kurtzman: Cautiously optimistic. Not a huge fan of his stuff, but I tend to be concerned with larger details like: plot, setting, characters, overall writing. These things mean more to me than who’s name is on the “Executive Producer” chair.

    CBS All Access: Total, f–king bulls–t!!! Star Trek is loved GLOBALLY, it should be seen by a global audience. The majority of the “rest of the world” resides outside the great United States of America. Expect a lot of piracy with this show. TL;DR.. “Dickmove, CBS!”

    • Matthew

      They are looking for channels for the international market…it is just cbs all access in the US

      • Darkthunder

        Thank you. Was a bit tired and quick when I made my reply. Just got home from working for 10 hours when I read the announcement 🙂

    • Did you even read the article?

      • Darkthunder

        Clearly I did. I just happened to misinterpret the wording of the whole CBS All-Access issue.

        The rest of my comment still stands…

    • CBS All Access is for US availability only. Internationally it’s still being worked out for TV/online distribution.

  • JKO

    I hope that it doesn’t pick up after the “reboot”…. looking forward to any news on this. I’m afraid that they will disregard established canon.

  • GIBBS v2

    OMG, I just about fell out of my captain chair!!

  • F. M.

    What?? Considering what I already pay for cable TV, it’s insulting to ask me to add yet another monthly service. Screw you, CBS.

    • Justin Olson

      Are you really so frugal that you are not willing to pay a measly $5.99 for a single month a year to watch a new season of Trek? I mean, you realize you don’t have to keep paying month after month if you don’t use the service, right?

      • Vanguard

        Yeah, a measly 5.99 per month, on top of the money for Netflix, HBO GO, and Amazon Prime to watch Top Gear, plus overpriced cable and internet…
        So you really see nothing wrong with having to fork out yet more money for another streaming service?

    • Chris R

      Most people are going to bootleg the new Trek anyways. I believe CBS forcing people to buy their streaming service is bullshit

    • Andy H

      That’s what i thought, but then I read “The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes…” so maybe they will be on TV when they are not “first-run”? Distributed around the world on TV, just not in the US when first run? It is weird and I am definitely not subscribing just to get a Trek tv show.

  • CoolGeek

    It should be set in the current JJtrek timeline as the original Trekverse has been used up for every story possible.The new timeline leaves the door open to brand new stories without having to fit into the old continuity.It also leaves the door open for cameos with Pine,Quinto, and co.

    • mjdavid

      Quinto has appeared in two seasons of American Horror Story, so I could see him doing a cameo, but it could potentially be VERY budget-busting to have several of them appear. I wouldn’t mind the new series set in the alternate universe we see in the current films, but I would prefer it set a little farther into the future in that alternate universe. From a creative standpoint though, I agree with you … the original Trek universe has been mined to death creatively. They would have to go so far into the future beyond the 24th century, and I don’t know how that would work. I don’t recall if it’s on one of the S7 Blu Ray docs or if it’s on the “…All Good Things” doc, but I remember Ron Moore talking about the creative headaches they were all experiencing, having to nix interesting story ideas because they conflicted with established Trek cannon.

    • Prince Poopy Pooch

      Yeah, all those new stories in JJverse, like a TWOK rehash…..

      • Maya Quinto

        It’s possible they realized that was a mistake because of the outcry by almost all fans. If Lindelof stays away, it’s a mistake they may avoid. Dear me, I hope so.

        • Prince Poopy Pooch

          Don’t get me wrong. Kurtzman alone is better than Kurtzman, Lindelof and Orci as a team. I just personally wanted a brand new team…and I’ve never been convinced that the reboot universe is a necessity for TV Trek.

  • Awesome! Back to where Trek truly belongs. I think I can be happy with almost any setting as long as it’s done well. CBS better give it a big budget so it can stretch its wings.

  • mjdavid

    And we’re off and running with the negativity! Seriously can those of you who are already complaining just take some time to ENJOY the news before picking it apart?

    Remember how the last two Trek series fared on a television network? Half the country didn’t have access to VOY right away because of the limited availability of UPN; ENT did so poorly on UPN it didn’t even survive its anticipated run. TNG & DS9 were were syndicated, and that is no longer a viable television format. Personally I would not want a new Trek series on a television network.

    Look at the way networks do things and think about how many sci-fi shows have been canceled on network TV over the last several years because they didn’t build an audience right away. Streaming is the only way to go. That will allow the creative team to tell the stories they want to tell without some network idiot looking over their shoulders. CBS currently charges $6 per month for its all access online service; even if they increase that price to match Netflix, that’s just $8.99 per month or two trips to Starbucks to put it a different way.

    I dropped my cable. With my cable Internet I pay for Netflix and HuluPlus. I could add two more streaming services to my monthly budget and still pay a fraction of what I paid for cable.

    Also, we’re only getting initial news here. Growing anticipation and demand for this could prompt CBS to partner with Netflix or HuluPlus (most likely HuluPlus) to carry the series.

    • Mark Neill

      “Streaming is the future…”

      Sure, but it’s on a closed-system streaming platform.

      Amazon Video? Netflix? Something that /everyone/ already has access to? Sure.

      But…a VOD service that most people don’t already have access to? WTF?

      • mjdavid

        CBS is the only regular network that doesn’t stream new content to HuluPlus the way FOX, CBS, NBC, and ABC do. As I said though, I could see enough demand for this to prompt CBS to allow other streaming services to carry it.

        From a marketing standpoint I get it. They want more people to subscribe to their online service, so they use the next Star Trek series to anchor it. It could potentially work for them IF Star Trek isn’t the only new streaming series it ponies up. If it kicks off with three or four new streaming series at once, then it could be successful for them.

        • GIBBS v2

          Thats is probably the plan, produce a juicy product and see who wants to syndicate it.

          It belongs on TV/Netflix. You want it to take off you make it available to largest audience possible right off the bat.

        • I don’t like the precedent it could set. I’m sure the big networks would each love to have their own streaming service so that they could each get $6 a month from viewers.

          If I had it my way Netflix would have EVERYTHING for the $8 a month I pay now.

    • Prince Poopy Pooch

      Kurtzman is part of the travesty that was Into Darkness. IMO, it’s reasoanble for fans who did not like that (or any of the JJTrek for that matter) to have reservations when they see his name attached.

    • Maya Quinto

      I am a little worried about such limited distribution — CBS seem to be counting on Trekfans rather heavily to prop up a new network. I imagine the new series will be a prime candidate for BitTorrent. That the series is going to be distributed to Roku may be a good thing. Someday when I have the internet at home, I’ll get Netflix and Roku and hope those cover the bases.

      BECAUSE I REALLY REALLY WANT TO SEE TREK BACK ON TV.

      My one question is, whwere is Orci in all this? Did he and Paramount have a total falling out, or is he simply more overcommitted than Kurtzman?

      • Prince Poopy Pooch

        Rumour has it he burned a lot of bridges. He and Kurtzman stopped working together a couple of years back and it’s said on the grapevine that Orci has something of a drink problem (which partially explains his Trekmovie meltdown if true). Pure rumour though, so don’t treat as fact.

        • Maya Quinto

          Ugh, that’s too bad — and sad — if true. Does seem to explain some things though.

  • David Ellis

    Brilliant news. Back to where Star Trek belongs. Also holding out hope that they will give it a big budget and that it’s a series that takes place in the prime universe, set some time after Picard and Co so that it has some breathing room to grow without being too constrained by the TNG era. As for Kurtzman being at the helm, I like him, he’s proven himself with a variety of different projects both for the small and big screen including Star Trek and whilst OK the Abrams-Verse is kind of Star Trek-Lite, you can’t deny those movies have had some money and quality given to them.

    The fact is that Star Trek works better on the TV and worked better on syndicated TV. In today’s modern world, having it on CBS ALL ACCESS is essentially the same as syndicating a TV show nowerdays. It’s a VERY smart, forward thinking move. They HAVE to though, spend the money on it to make it must-see TV.

    • GIBBS v2

      I’m hoping this little experiment of theirs warrants a decent budget so it gets off on the right foot. We are probably looking at only 10-13 episodes following the netflix model.

      Jan 2017 sounds like a longs way away but it’s not. Thats only 1 year and 2-3 months. This baby will have to dive into production very soon. Exciting stuff!

  • Archer

    I refuse to find any negativity in this. It’s Star Trek finally, at long last, coming back to TV. I hoped it would happen at some point soon, but was happily surprised to find out the wheels have been set in motion…

  • Chris R

    Im excited but Kurtzman isnt a great writer and no one has, or plans to get, CBS All Access…

    • Andrew Cardinale

      A LOT of people will get All Access just for Star Trek. Also, keep in mind that this is still a long way out and plans could change before then. While I don’t see this going to CBS or The CW full time, Showtime or another streaming service are still possibilities if All Access doesn’t catch on.

      • Chris R

        A lot of people will get CBS All Access for Star Trek, but even more people will bootleg the show

        Game of Thrones is the biggest show on TV and HBO still has a hard time getting people to move over, and HBO has FANTASTIC programs.

        So far CBS All Access has Star Trek and its unlikely they will be adding anything else for the price

        • SpaceCadet

          Just to be accurate, The Walking Dead is the biggest show on TV period. Game of Thrones is the biggest show on pay cable TV. The viewership and ratings for the former show eclipses the latter.

          And I will say that I will pony up the money to sign up for this platform to watch the new Trek series.

          • Chris R

            Yeah, but Game of Thrones has better writing, acting, directing and production. Thats more what I meant

  • Andrew Cardinale

    I really hope that the pissing contest between CBS and Paramount over Trek doesn’t hurt this show. I absolutely do not want this to take place in a new, third universe.

    • Darkthunder

      I hope it returns to the original universe. The JJverse is Paramount’s thing, and belongs there.

      If they don’t want to get bogged down with 50 years of canon history, inevitably we get a 3rd universe.

    • Maya Quinto

      I don’t know if Sumner Redstone’s poor health factors in here or not, but he’s 92 and not likely to participate in any pissin’.

  • Arch Stanton

    Awesome news! I would love to see the adventures of Captain Pike.

    • Maya Quinto

      Man I’d love to see Bruce Greenwood as Pike again, but he’s around 59 now, a fair bit older than he was in Trek09. Maybe “Admiral Pike” could be in the premiere episode being interviewed about his adventures on a ship as a first officer and getting promoted to captain, played by a young Greenwood lookalike …

      Spoken merely as a fan of Greenwood’s Pike. Don’t really think it’s likely.

      • Uh…you saw Into Darkness, right?

        • Maya Quinto

          Why yes I did! Perhaps the Admiral got interviewed after the events of ST09 and before the events of STID.

    • Good idea!

  • Ste Vo

    Only thing that matters right now is the Question: Prime Timeline or fucked up new movies one.

    • robjoh

      Nothing fucked up about’em,they’re just an alternate timeline. Plain and simple.

      • Prince Poopy Pooch

        Not simple at all for those who value the richness of the original universe.

        • robjoh

          Guess it’s just simple for me then.

        • Ste Vo

          exactly, but since they got Kurtzman for the job, they will not go back to the original universe.

        • GIBBS v2

          Because the original universe never screwed around with the timeline. One could argue some of the very best episodes came out of messing with that timeline.

          You only have a few choices when writing new Trek, before, during or after the existing timeline. Thats a very detailed, very exhausted universe to have be a slave to as a writer. Re-booting the universe is and was the best option. Get over it and be happy new Trek is coming.

          • Maya Quinto

            Agreed. There’s an awful lot of history for writers and continuity people to take onboard. I think how carefully “TNG,” “Enterprise,” and “DS9” had to tread thru various storylines. (I think the same must be true for “Voyager” but I didn’t stick with it very long.

            And given how contemporary TNG’s tech now appears, I think it’s wise not to go 100 years into TNG’S future, as some have suggested. In ten years it’ll be showing up in our present day.

            (Except for transporters and warp drive that is.)

          • Prince Poopy Pooch

            Voyager wasn’t trapped by the past history. Quite the opposite. Voyager did exactly what the reboot did, it prepared a clean slate for new stories. But the stories were nonetheless mostly bad.

            The idea that a clean slate is a ticket to top quality Trek is a fallacy. It’s the writing talent that matters.

          • W Smith

            And that gentle readers… was the most astute comment on this topic thus far.

          • GIBBS v2

            BTW, I wasn’t the one that said hate. And frankly my joke about a dirty diaper was freaking hilarious. When did a humor and a dash of sarcasm become such a bad thing?

            But thank you for the rest. There is so so so much canon to wade through, the near future seems like the only place you could go if you kept it in say the TNG territory. New audiences wouldn’t have a damn clue, thats why you need as fresh of a start as possible.

            I’ve always fancied the idea of another smaller ship like voyager being some kind fast response team doing questionable things on behalf of the federation then halfway through the run realizing/righting the wrongs, discovering a conspiracy (new villains) becoming rogues in the process then after vindication become heroes saving the day. Lots of running and hiding and going to new far off places in the process perhaps even against their will. The premise of Voyager was brilliant but the execution not so much, it managed to have its moments still.

          • W Smith

            The canon is what makes for rich, multi-threaded storytelling. Continue with the canon and “new” fans will have a reason to watch the old series and dig into the Trek universe. Start over again from scratch and then it’s just another sci-fi series with the Trek name shoehorned onto it. And the stories will be so bland because they’ll have to explain everything all over again. Today’s TV audiences are “smart” and will seek out the background information to fill in the holes. The audience actually wants and expects that today. CBS should use transmedia to its fullest with this prime universe Trek show.

            And since they’re putting this on streaming (and not on the network), then they’re going to need all the die-hard fans who want prime universe to pony up the money, because casual or new fans won’t spend limited disposable income for one show they don’t even know. Hook the hard-core fans and we’ll evangelize the rest just like it happened before.

          • Maya Quinto

            Nah … plenty of fans of the new movies came to TOS, et. al., because they loved the idea of Trek.

          • Maya Quinto

            “Doing things that aren’t quite in accord with Starfleet protocol” sounds like “ST Renegades” and I don’t think I’m keen to see another show on TV where the main characters constantly violate protocols.

            In TOS there was tension when Kirk did try to operate by the book; some circumstances (think “Amok Time”) demanded he do otherwise as a friend or to rescue a civilization from itself. And in some cases (“A Private Little War”) this really complicated matters.

            Far more interesting, IMHO.

          • Prince Poopy Pooch

            No, I won’t “get over it”. I hate people with attitudes like yours. I know what I want to see. Just because you are cool with it, doesn’t mean every other fan has to be. I’m not happy about Kurtzman and I will be disappointed if it’s more reboot stuff. I am not grateful for anything with the name “star Trek” on it like some idiots are. I know what sort of Trek I like.

            If this is prime universe and tells go quality, intelligent stories then I will be very happy. If we at least get the latter then I will be reasonable content. But I am not the biggest fan of the reboot, and I thoroughly despise Into Darkness. So when I see a new TV series to be run by one of the culprits behind something I despise, it doesn’t feel me with confidence. Instead it inspires worry. But according to fans like you I’m still supposed to sit here celebrating at the prospect of a Trek run by someone who has let me down. Frankly I think that attitude is totally bereft of logic.

            I will celebrate if the show turns out to be good, intelligent and respectful of the true legacy of 50 years of Trek. Until then, it’s caution and trepidation, whether you happy clappers like that or not.

          • GIBBS v2

            While I don’t “hate” your attitude I find it incredibly childish and entitled. Boo hoo! I just know it’s not going to be exactly how I want it!! So before we even get a lick of detail you take to the internet crying and ranting all over the place about a series that wasn’t written just for you. How dare they not consult me before green-lighting a new series!!!! Red Alert, Trek baby needs his diaper changed.

          • Prince Poopy Pooch

            The only immaturity is in this post.

          • GIBBS v2

            Negative Nancy, your the one trying to turn exciting news for a lot of folks into bad news.

          • Prince Poopy Pooch

            Not bad news at all. I haven’t said this will be bad. You are ones too busy telling me I have said as much to actually read what I have in reality said.

            I don’t like that this involves someone who was involved in an interpretation of Trek I don’t like. Therefore this is not “exciting” to me. It is bittersweet. I have no cause to celebrate until or unless the show turns out to be good, in spite if this worry.

            I don’t see why it is a crime to approach this news with caution.

          • GIBBS v2

            Now that sounded much reasonable and fair. Up voted. We are clearly all passionate about Trek that is for certain. Let us hope for a product we can all enjoy.

          • HRH King Krappery of Kanine

            It’s all I want. Something that can bring fans like me back into the fold.

          • Scott

            Great news for you. Nobody is making you watch it!

          • HM King Krappery of Kanine

            Oh now there’s an original comment that has never been posted online before. Well done. Everyone is amazed at your great intellect.

            I’m a Trek fan,, therefore I want a new Trek series to be good. Now that’s a damned surprised isn’t it! 😉

          • Scott

            Lol. This means way too much to you. Think you need to step back and reevaluate your life priorities.

          • HM King Krappery of Kanine

            Get a life mate. You’re the one here trolling.

          • Scott

            Quit insulting everyone on here. Your giving trekkies a bad name. People like you are the reason why Shatner and Co have to use bodyguards at conventions. It’s just a TV show man.

          • HM King Krappery of Kanine

            I haven’t insulted anyone until people start talking down to me as if I an denied the right to have reservations. Don’t like it? Don’t be rude to others just because you don’t like their opinion. Simple.

          • bbock

            What tells me that this will be bad is that CBS is releasing this only on a streaming service that very few people want, and few will watch. It’s a puzzling decision.

          • GIBBS v2

            Oh I agree, why launch this for the smallest audience. They are using the biggest brand they have but I don’t see that being enough

          • SpaceCadet

            They are premiering the first episode on a major broadcast network – the first time for a Star Trek series since the 1960’s (the now defunct UPN doesn’t count). The ratings will be huge and people will be hooked enough to try the streaming service in order to keep watching the series.

          • W Smith

            He’s offering a rational and reasoned response. You are issuing ad hominems (and trite ones at that). Who is the baby now?

          • New Horizon

            If the writing is good, and the stories meaningful and not just vapid crap…then it makes not one lick of difference whether it takes place in the alternate or original timeline. If it’s a new crew and new adventures, where they have them is irrelevant so long as the writers are GOOD!

          • Prince Poopy Pooch

            I don’t disagree. I would just prefer it if it was that AND set in the prime universe. But I certainly agree that the stories are paramount (no pun intended). It’s my biggest issue with JJ Trek.

            If it’s not prime universe but the stories are intelligent and respect the Trek legacy, then I will have an easier time letting the prime universe go.

          • W Smith

            Yes, that’s called Babylon 5, but it’s not Trek so don’t call it Trek if you throw out the canon.

          • James Hodge

            Or maybe you could calm down and realize that it’s only a TV show…

          • Seriously? You’re going to bring *that* old chestnut into this conversation? I assume we’re all here because we feel strongly about Star Trek past, present, and future. To say “it’s only a TV show” is simply wrong for most of us. If that’s all it means to you, fine.

          • W Smith

            So he’s not entitled to an opinion about a new Trek show on a Trek BB? Seriously?

          • James Hodge

            He’s entitled to his opinion but he could benefit from a little perspective and not stress over it. Especially when it’s over a year away.

            Besides, it’s not like “prime universe” Trek has been the pinnacle of quality. Nemesis, anybody? The Final Frontier? Putting past Trek on such a pedestal and then trashing any of the new stuff is pretty contradictory. Let’s just be glad there will be more Star Trek to watch and hope it’s good. if it’s not…that’ll be a bummer but life goes on.

          • W Smith

            It’s not about putting past Trek on a pedestal and trashing new Trek. Many fans prefer the prime universe storyline to continue and build that universe. I’d like them to revisit old threads and characters from previous series. That makes for a richer and deeper storytelling experience. Throwing it all out to start over in an attempt to attract new fans is probably futile. Hopefully the powers that be understand this, but we shall see…

          • Scott

            Damn right. Dunno what the hell is wrong with people. Star Trek changes. Your not going to get TOS season 4 or TNG season 8. End of.

          • pittrek

            I feel the same. I want intelligent stories about something, and Kurtzman has shown us he’s not capable of delivering that. I will always love TOS, TNG and some story lines of DS9 & ENT, but it doesn’t mean I will automatically love everything with Star Trek name on it.

          • Maya Quinto

            OK I would totally love for Ron Moore and Manny Coto to come back to Trek. Coto, I think, is working on another project BUT Ron Moore has expressed interest in coming back!

            So why isn’t he coming aboard? Because, dang it, Alex Kurtzman could use some help building good storylines and solid characters for a series.

          • W Smith

            This is ridiculous. Prime universe 15 years after Nemesis is the clear route. If you’re not going that way then there’s no point calling it Trek. Just create another sci-fi universe in the case you want something completely different.

      • Almost everyone in a JJverse is a douchebag. 🙁

        • robjoh

          LOL!

        • Maya Quinto

          Haha no.

      • W Smith

        But the storytelling was poor and the characters’ characterizations were oftentimes way off to the point of being unrecognizable.
        I’d rather they had just made a completely new Trek universe, ship and crew than defecate on what came before.

        • robjoh

          I enjoyed the movies,and I’ll probably enjoy the next one,and yes,I know I’m one of very few who did. Don’t care though,lol! That said,I hope they do what you said in that last sentence for the new show. Or set it WAAAAY in the future or whatever.

      • David Ellis

        Whilst there’s nothing screwy about the new movies or the alternate timeline (there are many alternate timelines flowing through Star Trek), I think what’s best for Star Trek is for the alternate timeline to continue as a movie franchise and for the prime timeline to return as the TV franchise. It may be as simple as CBS doesn’t actually have the rights to produce and create a show based on a Paramount and Bad Robot universe but nevertheless, the reason I can see for more stories set in the prime universe rather than the new universe is that the writers can pretty much start from scratch in terms of technology and characters without them having to update or stay consistent with what’s gone on in the alternate universe or being all that constrained by the prime timeline.
        There are problems and things in both universes that any new writers would have to overcome and acknowledge. Star Trek Into Darkness showed us that this new universe may not be without it’s constraints. Setting a series in the alternate universe has it’s problems, big ones too. Where do you place a new crew without having to reference events that have already taken place in the prime universe and if you’re going to ignore those events why do a Star Trek series and not something completely new? By setting a series in the 25th Century beyond Picard in the prime universe may still come with some baggage for a writing staff to overcome but it gives the writers I believe more freedom to make this show look and sound and feel completely fresh in the same way TNG was from TOS.

    • GIBBS v2

      What I don’t understand is how the new movies are not canon when it was made very clear they are? Was that not Nimoy as Spock? Rebooting was the right decision to bring fresh audiences in. Without them we would never see new Trek shows or movies because those tickets pay/pave the way to more Trek, then more Trek, and so on… See how that works? Sometimes your going to just like it and some times your going to love it. And that pretty much describes all the movies and TV shows made so far.

    • Irodk

      I agree 100%. NO J.J. VERSE.

  • Harry Kane

    This better be set in the prime universe and I would suggest after Nemesis! maybe with the Titan or simlar ship, Don’t want any of that other garbage from the alternate reality.

    • Prince Poopy Pooch

      I’d rather it be set some time after Nemesis, both to put some distance between the past and future, like TNG did, and also to nullify those pointless arguments that a clean slate in a reboot universe is the only way forward.

      Btw, I approve greatly of your username. Predictions against Villa?

  • W Smith

    Great to see Trek coming back to the small screen where it shines brightest. By being on a closed network, it’s going to get pirated like crazy, which means it will get low ratings and in danger of a quick cancellation. I hope it’s set 15 years after Nemesis in the Prime Universe. Throwing away all the history would be a waste of fine lore for deeply threaded storytelling.

    • NickyArmstrong

      I’d rather it not be set in a timeline where one has to acknowledge Star Trek Nemesis.

      • Pedro Ferreira

        The thing is the reboot movie pretty much did. The Star Trek reboot movie can be seen as a sequel to Nemesis.

  • Harry Kane

    Canon is the way to go!!!!

    • Zarm

      Pragmatism says they won’t. Fervent hope says they will. Fingers crossed.

  • Jamie

    No JJ era please.
    But I think that is just a pipe dream given that Kurtzman is involved.
    Oh well at least there are the DVDs of the other series I can look back on.

    I truly hope this isn’t going to be in the vein of the JJ reboot and that the 2017 series just recasts younger actors as already established characters.
    Fingers crossed.

    • Gilbetron

      There’s really no reason to necessarily think this is will be the JJ era just because Kurtzman was involved. Legally speaking, CBS may not be able to exploit Paramount’s reboot property. Plus, remember that Kurtzman was rather unceremoniously booted from the Trek 3 movie, so he may not even want to play in that particular sandbox. But I guess we won’t know for a while. That’s fine. I’m optimistic about the show either way.

      • HRH King Krappery of Kanine

        It was Orci who was booted. Kurtzman left to direct his first movie.

        • Gilbetron

          Ah, you’re right. Still, it’s not clear to what degree CBS can/will play along with Paramount, creatively speaking. I’m hoping for Prime universe. I’m looking forward to hearing more about the creative team that Kurtzman builds; that will be much more indicative of the show’s direction.

          • Zarm

            In this case, the whole ‘we don’t want to do a series while the movies are going; it will dilute the brand’ attitude may help us- they may want TV Trek to be separate so as not to step on the films’ toes.

    • Pedro Ferreira

      I’m more worried that they’ll do what every TV show today is doing and just have one story arc padded to a whole season rather than tell stories like previous Trek series.

  • madmadia85

    Actually hope it’s in the reboot reality because:
    1) they can finally develop the aftermath of destroying vulcan and how that changed things.
    2) Completely unpredictable, you can’t use TOS or the other series to predict things
    3) they can always visit the prime reality ala mirror verse, some good old sci-fi time travel/getting in touch with parallel universes
    5) can get cameos of the current Spock&co. Especially now that most of the old cast is dead 🙁
    4) give us new characters that are unique because they couldn’t even exist in the prime reality such as spock/uhura’s human/vulcan kid now adult maybe he/she has their own ship. A connection with the iconic characters.

    • Thank you, I almost felt myself ashamed after reading the comments above, that I’m actually hoping the same as you. 🙂

    • bytes

      Why call it Star Trek if that is the case? Could just as well establish itself under an original franchise, instead of using the established one.

      • W Smith

        You’re totally right! There’s no point calling it Star Trek if you’re going to throw all the canon out the window. And judging by the fan comments here and on other sites, prime universe is clearly the way to go. If CBS expects us hard-core fans to pony up the cash for All Access, then it better be prime universe.

        And the Spock/Uhura “romance” is one of the most nonsensical and incongruous parts of JJ-Trek and and hopefully never seen again after the last “new-crew” movie next year. JJ-Trek destroyed the character of Spock making him into a wildly erratic and emotional basket case. No thanks!

        • madmadia85

          This is an obtuse way to look at it because even setting the series in the reboot continuity, it doesn’t mean you are going to throw all the canon out the window, obviously. And I hate to break it to you all, but you don’t get to decide what is canon: the reboot IS part of the canon of the franchise too now. at least for those who actually own the whole franchise.

          and color me surprised that you don’t like Spock/Uhura ¯_(ツ)_/¯
          Lol, that’s in the decalogue of the reboot hater™ because it’s one of the new things more unique to the reboot’s continuity (liked by both old and new fans, and new fans are the enemy!) but still somehow inspired by canon, something that certain trek fans like to ignore because they absolutely love to preach about ‘canon’ all the time to complain about the reboot but turn a blind eye to everything from canon that is not useful for their arguments e.g., nonsensical-not-supported-by-canon stuff about how Spock’s father – a full blooded vulcan – can fall in love with two human ladies but an alternate reality version of his son – who actually is half human – apparently can’t be in love because ‘vulcans don’t have feelings’ or because ‘vulcans have sex only once every seven years!’, or any other stupid ‘urban legend’ you all write everywhere about the tos ‘canon’ that JJ&co supposedly ‘insulted’ (not to even mention those who preach about kirk and spock being a canon couple in tos and call the romance in the reboot ‘homophobic’).

          You will also non stop blame Spock possibly being ‘OOC’ on the romantic subplot, never mind the fact that, if anything, ‘the wildly erratic emotional’ behavior you are talking about is caused first foremost by the conflicting dynamic he has with the main male character, not his girlfriend with whom he’s always dignified and gentle like even Nimoy Spock was, romance or not.

          Another thing in decalogue of the reboot hater™ is the whole ‘they need to restore the timeline!’ because after two movies some of you still can’t understood that the tos timeline doesn’t need to get restored and that the reboot is a quantum reality that co-exists parallel to the other.

          It’s always the same old story with some trek fans fans, the same old arguments you guys used for TNG and other trek series too: Tos or die.
          The irony is that you all want everything to be like tos and criticize the reboot if it has ‘new things’, yet in the same breath you criticize the last movie for the Khan storyline saying that the writers should do ‘new things’ and not copy tos. It’s always that same cake you want to have and eat too. Years from now, if I’ll still be alive and this fandom I bet I’ll read the same exact arguments being made about other series or another reboot.

          • BatesHotel

            Whenever I see you attempt to debate you always put words in other people’s quills to try to make them look bad and build straw men to knock down with your “moral superiority.” What’s wrong with you?

          • madmadia85

            your comment is…ironic. Especially the ‘straw man’ and ‘moral superiority’ part. … … … … … Like, really.

          • BatesHotel

            Cognitive dissonance extraordinaire

          • madmadia85

            Oh at last you realize what’s your problem 😉

      • madmadia85

        So you think every television series made after tos that wasn’t about those characters is not trek?
        The reboot, last time I checked, also is part of the trek franchise and canon.

        Why even call the series NEW if they just remake tos doing a copy&paste of everything with just different actors? Why people should pay to buy something they already have?
        And the new series (just like the reboot for that matter) isn’t exactly made for those who liked tos only, their goal is first foremost get new fans among those who don’t like the original thing. I mean, how weird they are..it’s not like this is what the owners of every franchise ever do.

        • bytes

          I do think all of the television series are the original franchise. Everyone has different opinions on what is cannon. I never really heard cannon discussions about Trek, until NuTrek. For me, it’s like Stephen King making Harry Potter 8, and everyone having the same spirit of fascination, knowing it wasn’t written by J.K Rowling. For me, TOS/TNG/DS9/VOY and the 10 films, are all made under the same hands that were involved with Roddenberry himself, or his successors under Berman. Names like Taylor, Okuda, Moore, Piller, Behr, Braga, Coto, Zimmerman, Curry, Livingston, and many more, are all people who were there carrying the torch forward. They worked endlessly nearly giving blood with the actors and all things related to the production. These people all either worked with Roddenberry himself, or people who apprenticed and were connected to him. By the time 2009 Trek came along, it was sold to CBS and Paramount kept the films. Anyone that was involved had moved on, and the spirit of it all had parted from the studios. Years later, Abrams, with Kurtzman and Orci, made a great movie. But the spirit of it was missing, as no one from Trek was involved aside from Nimoy as an actor. These people knew the show well, but they were fans. That is why the movie felt like a fan fiction movie. Not a bad tale, but it really just was a fun, fan fiction style movie with TOS Trek characters. That is my opinion.

  • October_1985

    Lets bring Ron Moore and Bryan Fuller as showrunners and we are in business!

    • Maya Quinto

      Oh god Ron Moore — that would be fantastic.

    • Chris R

      Ron Moore already did BSG and its better than any Trek (in my opinion)

      • Gilbetron

        I would also point out that while the Star Trek purists are always screaming for Ron Moore’s involvement, Ron Moore himself has been on the record saying that a completely rebooted Star Trek television series is the way to go. And these are normally the people who don’t want another reboot…

      • October_1985

        I half agree with you, this is why I want him back in Trek with free reins.

      • Zarm

        I get that BSG has its place, but- better than Trek? Firstly, that’s like saying ‘I think the flavor chocolate is better than the color blue’; the shows are two different things. I don’t want to see any Star Trek that has things in common with BSG- the stylistic and thematic differences are appropriate to each, but don’t cross-pollinate well.

        I’d love to see Moore aboard for his TNG work, but I certainly don’t want a BSG sensibility brought into Trek. It has no place there. For me, Trek will always be ‘better’- at least far-better suited to me- because I’m not interested in BSG’s brand of dark, depressing ‘Entertainment.’ Now, others are, and that’s totally cool- to each their own. I just wouldn’t want to see Trek become that.

        • Pedro Ferreira

          Star Trek is lovely tasty fruit juice, Ron Moore’s BSG is bitter concentrated and tastes hollow.

          • Zarm

            Yet I do get that it has its fans and has its place in the entertainment pantheon. It’s just… not even remotely the same place Star Trek deserves, and I thinking trying to bring the two to meet would make both sets of fans miserable.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            It’s audience taste, I guess that’s why I make the comparison. I truly believe however that the one thing the new Star Trek should not copy is just having a serialised arc throughout each episode without any creative stories in between. The other Star Trek series worked because it handled standalone episodes with story arcs really well. TV today consists of one idea for a TV show padded out for a whole year or more. It’s not creative, it’s lazy and has lead to what we call binge watching.

          • Zarm

            Agreed! This is imperative!

          • Pedro Ferreira

            But the sad fact is they’ll probably still do it.

    • Raider

      Bring Ron Moore and Ira Steven Behr!

      • Vanguard

        And Manny Coto

    • DemosCat

      Unfortunately, Ron Moore is currently tied up producing Outlander on Starz. 🙁

      But yes, a great choice.

    • pittrek

      Branon Braga. David Gerrold. D.C. Fontana. All great writers who also know and love Trek, and know how to run a show.

  • Dennis

    It’s really giggle-worthy that some people believe that CBS hired one of the two writers-producers who defined nuTrek in the last two movies with the intention of returning to the way oldTrek was made.

    Better get over it. Kurtzman’s “Star Trek” will look and feel like other TV shows he’s developed, with and without collaborator Orci – and if you’re not clear on his tastes and intentions you know that there are and have been quite a few of those shows on commercial TV already. Go look at them and get your answers.

    Whether the new 2017 Trek TV series explicitly acknowledges either the nuTrek continuity or some elements of the old stuff it’ll be contemporary in style, tone and content rather than in any way beholden to what “Star Trek” was like in 1967, 1987, 1997…

    TL;DR: oldTrek canon *will* be violated. Oh Noes… 😉

    • Visitor1982

      Ah, here we have Dennis. The guy who claimed CBS wasn’t interested in making a new Star Trek series. You were wrong then and are wrong now.

  • SpaceCadet

    Very exciting news. I hope the new series gets plenty of exposure on a streaming platform. I also think it relieves some of the ratings pressure because I think as long as there is a significant upswing in people buying CBS All Access, then the show will be considered a success. I also hope the new series takes place in the original universe and takes place after Nemesis. It would be cool if they showed PrimeSpock disappearing into the past as Romulus explodes to acknowledge the events/timeline of NuTrek but to continue on with the happenings in the Prime Universe.

  • Gilbetron

    Well, count me excited. This day has been a long time coming. I will watch, and likely highly enjoy, this series in whatever form it takes.

    And sure, I’m one of those people who am hoping that this series takes place in the Prime universe — which I don’t think is unlikely. The JJ reboot stuff is all the continuing purview of Paramount, and so CBS may not even be able to use it if they wanted to. And it’s not clear they want to. Kurtzman was ejected from the Trek 3 movie and may be happy not to go back there. And the press release explicitly says this series is not connected with the new movie.

    In short, we don’t really have any reason to think this is going to be a continuation of J.J. Trek, so I wish people would stop haranguing about that possibility. And even if this does continue in that vein, while I would find it disappointing I’m sure I would come around. I wasn’t too excited about Enterprise once upon a time, but that turned out just fine.

    So yeah, excited. The possibilities seem endless.

  • DemosCat

    Just my own thought experiment. If you want to produce a new Star Trek series and not be bogged down in previous canon, what to do?

    My own thinking is the simplest option is to move even further into the future, like setting it in the 26th century or later. That opens up a whole slew of possibilities….

    1) Set the show during the height of the Time War (NCC-1701-J). Follow the exploits of Enterprise-J as they enforce the Temporal Prime Directive, traveling through both space and time.

    2) The Federation has fallen. Follow the adventures of the Enterprise and it’s rag-tag fleet of aging ships as they flee the tyranny of the Dominion. (Too soon after Battlestar Galactica?) 🙂 Mostly kidding here, but you could have a show premised on the aftermath of the Federation falling from grace, whether it be caused by invasion, internal strife, too big to be manageable, etc.

    3) A new Enterprise with prototype quantum warp drives (or whatever sounds cool) is preparing for the first ever attempt at trans-galactic travel. The initial goal is to reach and explore the Andromeda galaxy, and to attempt peaceful contact with Kelvan Empire (ST:TOS By Any Other Name). If that turns out badly, and it probably will, there are other galaxies to explore.

    4) In the future, even the Borg and the Dominion have become allies against a galactic invasion by a massive fleet of automated Doomsday machines. The one found by Kick in the 23rd century was a small scout low on power after centuries of drifting between the galaxies. Now the rest of the fleet has arrived.

    Add your own ideas. 🙂

    • GIBBS v2

      All solid ideas. I made the point earlier that you either have to go earlier (which is boring, we know the future), Currently (TNG, VOY… which is bogged down in canon), further into the future (my vote) or reboot (most logical).

      The problem with the future or too far in the future is the tech ends up solving all of your conflicts. Lets fix everything with some crazy device or time travel and time travel gets messy fast.

      • DemosCat

        I’m not a fan of the clean-sweep reboot approach. You can reference canon without being bogged down by it. Move forward, and you can have a group of people with different ideas and attitudes, like the Prime Directive only being given lip service by a Federation hungry for resources if it’s too bound in by treaties. 🙂

        • GIBBS v2

          I too like the idea of a federation forced to bend the rules or a branch of it or a ship… whose job is to do that very thing. It would fit right in with the times.

    • pittrek

      I’d really love to see the first Romulan war. It would be a great opportunity for morality stories, for lots of cool action, a nice analogy to what’s going on in the world right now, a nice possibility for cameos of Captain Archer’s crew…

  • billiam8472

    My only question is, now that this is possibly happening. What about the really good independent/fan series/films? Is CBS going to let them be, or do they want the competition? Axanar, Renegades, Continues, are really good, and New Voyages/Phase II isn’t all bad either. I’m just curious if these we’ll be aloud to carry on, or is CBS planning to to nix them from the web.

    • DemosCat

      I’m not a lawyer, but my understanding is copyright holders must defend their property (usually in the form of Cease and Desist letters) or risk losing their property to the public domain. I assume Paramount is still the owner, and CBS has licensed the right to produce and broadcast Star Trek.

      Who would be considered the stakeholder, CBS or Paramount? Maybe both? It might depend on how aggressive their legal departments are. I’d be interested is reading a reply from an actual lawyer, with the usual disclaimer a comment does not constitute legal advice.

      • Brian

        It’s actually the opposite. CBS is the owner and Paramount licenses the rights to Star Trek for the movies. The stakeholder is definitely CBS.

  • spooky

    If they simply serve as producers and bring in a writing team that included some Trek vets than I might be inclined to take interest. If its the same people involved with the films… no thank you!

  • Locutus

    After waiting so long for a new series, I am trying not to let the fact that it will be limited to CBS All Access get me down. It reminds me of Paramount Studios long-running attempts to use Star Trek as the lynch-pin of its own independent network. First suggested in 1978 to accompany Star Trek: Phase II, it eventually came to fruition with UPN/Star Trek: Voyager in 1995. Now CBS is trying to use Star Trek as the lynch-pin for its independent online streaming service. Unfortunately, whereas UPN was “free,” CBS All Access is not. I don’t like the idea of paying $6 a month just for a few episodes of new Star Trek, but it is better than nothing. Hopefully, it will be so good I cannot resist!

    • Prince Poopy Pooch

      I’m sure it will come out on blu-ray within a year of airing.

  • this day had to come sooner or later…

  • James

    Great news, simply wonderful. Kurtzman wrote for the mostly excellent Fringe, so I’m hopeful. A canny move would be to recast the TNG crew and do TNG, but in the alternate timeline of the new movies. Mark Strong would make an excellent Picard.

    • HRH King Krappery of Kanine

      No, no TNG reboot thanks. Let’s have something fresh.

      • James

        Oh man, I’m just so stoked right now. You’ve got a point there, but it would be alternate to the future we’ve seen. They can’t really go beyond TNG can they? I mean, we don’t want time ship Trek do we?

        • HRH King Krappery of Kanine

          Well, the Time War stuff is a relatively minor part of the lore so I’m sure they could get around it.

          I’m loathe to see a TNG recast, and if the timeline has changed there isn’t any reason for that crew to necessary come together anyway.

  • I have a strong suspicion that they will find a way to use both the prime and alt universes. Some sort of recombining of the two. What if the new ship can jump between them? Or some sort of series long plot that involves both? A cataclysmic event of some type.

    • Zarm

      Interdimensional Trek (or at least Inter-reality?) I dig it, man.

  • patrick

    Have they named a single creative-talent who’s crafted anything which demonstrates artistic-merit or timeless-entertainment? Trendy-entertainment properties and franchises are all I see among the credits of these people.

    Nevertheless, I’ll gladly give them the proverbial “benefit of the doubt” since it’s obvious that CBS has decided to provide us only the type of TREK over which they can exercise complete control – even over it’s distribution and profit-stream.

    • James

      Kurtzman co-created the rather brilliant “Fringe” and the compelling “Lost”, which was great until that ending.

      • patrick

        FRINGE has been on my must-see radar for quite awhile and I followed LOST with great anticipation. But not in the same league of TREK at all – merely dramatic genre-programs which had little to say about humanity.

        • James

          I am not convinced that Trek has much to say about humanity beyond the glib and trite. Good TV show though.

      • Pedro Ferreira

        Lost was a terrible show and exactly what’s wrong with TV today.

        • James

          It was very similar to The Prisoner, starring Patrick McGoohan. I quite enjoyed both series, but each to their own.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            Yes.

  • Tyler Dunivan

    How do I get an audition? Is it cast yet?

  • James

    Did anyone already notice the start date of January, 2017 differently written, that’s 1701
    🙂

    • DemosCat

      USS Farragut NCC-1702
      🙂 If you just rearrange the year.

    • Maya Quinto

      That’s pretty cool innit!

  • Snap

    It’s good news to hear Star Trek is returning to the small screen.

    My only concern, as someone not in the US, is how this series will be distributed internationally. Of course, in Canada, we get the major US networks but if the series proper isn’t going to be shown via a conventional network will that prevent international markets from airing it on conventional TV?

    • Vanguard

      Or even worse, will the international distribution be filled with delays and other broadcasting maladies? We’ve seen that before with other international distribution agreements.

  • daniel

    I just want to say I am So excited for the new series BTW the new series will be on CBS Network and latter on go on CBS Streaming Service anyway I am so Excited for this new series I hope it will be a Darker Edgier Show like many Dramas are Today I hope they bring in Bryan Singer as Director cause he had great Ideas for a new Star Trek TV series called Star Trek Federation this series would of been set in the year 3000 it would of been an allegory for the Fall of the Roman Empire it would of been a Darker Show and This is what I would like to see, also Alex Kurtzman Executive Produce and thank God he is he worked on the new Star Trek movies and I hope he will inject a lot of new Star Trek into the new series and Pull in the Audiences who go see the movies.

    • bytes

      No. Darker and edgier are not what Star Trek is about. Have you ever watched the shows? Stargate Universe tried to be the dark show after 2 very successful light hearted Stargate series. Look what happened to that.

      • daniel

        oh my God I am so sick and tired of Fucktards who keep saying shit like this, you have to understand this is the Future regardless if you like it or not.

        • bytes

          The “future” ? As in all story telling has to be dark with sex, blood, and depressing gloom? Again, you have no idea what Star Trek is about if this is what you propose. The story tells of a future where things are more positive. Not a future of depression.

        • Snap

          Insults aren’t necessary, remember… Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations.

          Personally, I think the whole “stories must be dark” craze is just a tad overrated, but that’s just my opinion. Let the blockbuster popcorn movies go for the dark storytelling and let TV tell the stories where they can actually explore the characters. Just because other shows take a “darker” approach does not mean Star Trek should. By all means, let it go into darker territory from time to time but the entire approach shouldn’t be dark and brooding.

          • daniel

            Look I’m Sorry if I upset you I din not mean to, I am just really sick and tired of people saying that, This is the Future people have to except that If they want to appeal to a mainstream Audience they have to do this.

          • HM King Krappery of Kanine

            Idiotic remark. The future is whatever we make it.

          • daniel

            Alex Kurtsman and he was involved with the movies so this is good news it tells me this will be more new Star Trek then old Star Trek, new Star Trek is more Action oriented and far less Blah Blah Social Commentary.

          • HM King Krappery of Kanine

            So basically you want dumbed down trash that looks like everything else out there.

            It pains me that people with this kind of attitude are what passes for fans these days.

          • daniel

            This is the Future whether you want to Admit it or not but your in Denial you can’t face the music if they want to pull in a new mainstream Audience they have to do it with more Action Adventure and violence this is a Business and they will do what makes money rather then listen to the old Fan wankers.

          • HM King Krappery of Kanine

            “Listen to wankers”? What are you, 15 years old? Looks like it from your atrocious typing….

          • daniel

            Aww Poor baby you want the old Cerebral Star Trek Back but it’s not going to happen maybe in your Dreams, they have to appeal to the new Audiences they got with the movies they are the Majority you are the Minority so it will be more Action Adventure.

          • HM King Krappery of Kanine

            In other words, they need to appeal to low brow dummies. Well, it must make you very proud to associate yourself with such people.

            I, for one, have an education and like my entertainment to have a little substance to it that’s more than just explosions.

            That said, I’m beginning to get a distinct whiff of troll for hire with you.

        • bytes

          What do you mean by “the Future” regardless? Roddenberry created Trek, to tell the tale that in the future there will be no disease, no hunger, and that mankind came together to venture into the stars. He did not want a dark edgy show with blood and sex. Go watch Game of Thrones (a great show) if you want to see that.

  • bytes

    Write stories about the characters.
    – Michael Piller

    Set this one in the original universe.
    – bytes

  • Jason F. Perry

    I hear Rick Berman is available.

    Seriously though, I’m super excited for this if it happens in the prime universe. I’m not interested in seeing something in new film universe. Being that CBS owns the rights to the series and Paramount the films I’m holding out hope that we’ll see something in the prime timeline. With that said, even if it’s in the new alternate universe I won’t rule it out until I know about the plot, casting, and give the first episode a shot.

  • I was thrilled to see that a new Star Trek series would be coming to television … and then I saw that Kurtzman — the one who made “Into Darkness” so bad — would be at the helm. I’d be willing to pay for the stupid All Access thing if someone decent were the showrunner, but Kurtzman…

    • James

      Cortlea, have you checked out Fringe, which Kurtzman co-created – it’s brilliant. He also worked on the rather compelling “Lost”, which was great until that ending.

      • I lived in a TV-free household for a couple of decades. I saw TOS in 1969 and in syndication during the 70’s, but I’ve seen almost no recent TV.

        Once our household rules changed to allow TV, first I re-watched all of TOS. Twice. 🙂 Then I started catching up with the other Star Trek series — with a brief detour into “Heroes” to see what the new Spock was like in his other famous role — but I’ve seen nothing else. I have friends who are rabid “Babylon 5” fans who tell me I must watch that and other friends who tell me that Buffy is a must-see … but I do have work to do and books to read and stories to write.

        Thanks for letting me know that Kurtzman’s other series were good; that gives me a bit more hope!

        • James

          If you have time, check out Firefly. Whisper it softly, but it’s better than a lot of Trek. There are only a handful of episodes, so it wouldn’t be a huge time suck like B5 or Buffy.

          • It’s on my list! But thanks for mentioning it; I would have wanted to hear about it if I hadn’t heard of it already.

  • GIBBS v2

    Jan 2017 is actually right around the corner in terms of TV production time. Its only 14 months away! This thing will have to get casted by spring and filming underway by summer.

    • HRH King Krappery of Kanine

      I suspect that much of that has been underway for a while already and this is just the stage where it has been greenlit.

  • orlandofigure

    a freaking streaming series? BOOOOOOOO
    and alex kurtzman? no way. NO. WAY. this douchecanoe was behind the two abrams movies. that is NOT what trek is about. original universe all the way. get ira steven behr and ron moore to run it.

  • StalwartUK

    US only…? Dinosaurs.

    Interesting they’re going with new characters, you’d think they’d use bankable ones like Kirk, Spock, McCoy and so on. Seems pretty risky.

    • Read the whole thing — they’re still working out the distribution for other countries, but it WILL be distributed to them. It’s only the CBS All-Access thing that’s US-only.

  • daniel

    Since Alex Kurtsman is involved this series will be more like the movies it just makes sense the movies are much more relevant with the masses the Majority the mainstream and nowadays they have better Technology they can do more Space Battles also it makes sense they would want to bring in the mainstream Audiences that they got with the movies so this new series may be more action oriented thank God.

  • Sykes

    I can’t wait. Just make it a great show, almost everything else doesn’t matter. 🙂

  • Rachel Sattler

    Sounds great, except of course for those of us who can’t afford the extra monthly fee in order to watch it. But I’m sure it’ll line the pockets of the CBS execs and shareholders quite nicely. Enjoy yourselves folks, sorry this lifelong trekker of both timelines won’t be there to join you.

  • David Molinarolo

    My biggest problem with this announcement is that it’ll be mostly streaming and not broadcast TV. Some of us out here don’t have the Internet bandwidth to do streaming, much less pay another couple bucks a month for these select services. Currently I only have 10 GB per month, before my already mediocre speed gets cut to a crawl for video downloads. I generally run thru that allotment in a matter of a week or less. So unless they actually do air this on CBS, I’ll be SOL until the BDs are released.

  • Alex Kurtzman is involved and CBS is using this as a ploy to get people to subscribe to their streaming service. This show has failed before it’s even begun. 🙁

  • pittrek

    As a person who thinks the new movies are crap, I’m very afraid.

  • Jon1701

    Total Reboot is the only way to go. I’m getting too old to do the mental gymnastics required to reconcile everything with Canon. Lets just start over. Tell the old stories with a new spin on them and sprinkle in a few new ones.

  • R.J. Pankow

    Now, I am withholding judgment until I see it. But I am worried about Kurtzman being involved. I hope he does not violate any established canon, prime universe or not.

    Some interesting things I think would be interesting to see:
    – An entire series based off of the mirror universe.
    – An entire series from a Federation enemy’s point of view.
    – A series set a decade or so after Nemesis.
    – Just hire the guys from Star Trek Continues to keep doing Star Trek Continues. Even bigger budget, even better stories. Continue where it left off, and use the first five episodes to start the season.

  • David Ellis

    Yep, it has to be prime timeline for me and it has to be a new and original concept rather than a shoehorn job such as a story that takes place between this and that era of Star Trek.
    Just as TNG was a departure from TOS, this new series as to be just as much a departure from TNG/DS9/VOY.
    You set this thing in the 25th Century and there’s enough space and time for new writers to do something new with the established universe without having to worry about what has come before it all that much.

    • David Ellis

      Also, there may be legal elements that ensure CBS has to set this new series within the established prime universe. There’s been no mention of Bad Robot or Paramount or Skydance being involved at all in this new series and just because CBS have hired Kurtzman to produce it doesn’t mean they want something set within the alt universe. In fact it may just mean that they like what Kurtzman has done with other CBS shows and his connection with Bad Robot can’t be a bad thing to help keep some kind of continuity with an alternate timeline that I’m sure Paramount and Bad Robot will continue to develop.

  • CoolGeek

    Prime timeline is all used up and has nowhere else to go.JJtrek universe is where the new show should be set as they dont have to adhere to previously established continuity.

    • BatesHotel

      The idea that prime timeline is all used up is absurd. There are countless threads to follow. JJ-Trek universe is cliche action adventure set in space with poor storytelling and insipid characterization. Don’t know why anyone would want to see that on a weekly basis.

  • Mike Haas

    “The new television series is not related to the upcoming feature film “Star Trek Beyond,” which is scheduled to be distributed by Paramount Pictures in summer 2016.” Hopefully it will be cannon post Nemesis / Voyager timeline 🙂

  • I feel that the worries about their being too much history in the prime universe are unwarranted. It’s a big galaxy with no need to continue any of the plot threads from previous shows. TNG barely referenced the original series.

  • Capt Sisiko

    The primary concern is will the show represent a positive and optimistic view of humans/ The federation. Where enterprise and Into Darkness failed was that often times humanity or its allies were evil. Trek is at its best when humans are the good guys and the alien adversary or anomaly are the bad guys.

  • Ralph Daay

    I too hope the new series will return us to the Prime Universe. HOW IS THIS NOT IMPORTANT? Reading the comments below, anyone who says they want the stories set in the prime universe is gunned down for being “immature” and “entitled”? The majority of Star Trek fans have followed most if not all Star Trek television series, we have an investment with those actors, those characters, the politics, the alien races in those series… What is so hard for JJ-fans to understand? There is ZERO emotional connection to an alternative universe, which has blown up a planet and super-sized a ship. The millions of new fans of the JJ movies were there to crunch popcorn and watch action movies, they sadly will not be investing each week and following a new series, rubbing their hands together, excited at the prospect of well-written episodes. If the press release about “dealing with contempory issues” is true… then honoring Star Trek fans, and bringing us back to that universe and that history we invested in, is the right place to tell those stories, with the bonus of following on stories that were already started, and seeing cameos from characters we miss and love. 50 years worth of characters and planets is a writer’s gold mine. I don’t buy into this ‘need to wipe the canvas clean’ nonsense, because as we’ve seen, it doesn’t work, the JJ stories have all leaned back on that canon they wanted to avoid. No more rehashing of Khan, etc. Let’s start off post-Nemesis and TELL GOOD, THOUGHT-PROVOKING STORIES. And if the greedy executives want to capitalize on a 50 year fanbase… bring us back to the universe we love.

    • BatesHotel

      Smartest comment on this page. Big thumbs up!

  • bulletproof1979

    Some of you guys a bit to close to Trek to see the wood for the trees.

    There is absolutely zero per cent chance this new series will be set in the “Prime” universe. To the public at large the old series are relics of the past, long forgotten.

    The new series will have to appeal to the widest possible audience and you do that better by linking in to a hugely popular movie series in some way, than trying to resurrect something though of, rightly or wrongly, as tired and worn out. Obviously.

    • Matineer

      With all due respect, Shatner, Nimoy and the original series are hardly “forgotten.” That’s why the reboot movies went with Kirk and Spock to begin with. Plenty of people are streaming (older) Trek series on CBS already.

  • Matineer

    Rather than using the producers of “Fringe” and “Hawaii Five-0” as models, they should get somebody who’s worked on “The Last Ship.” Not because it’s a military show, but because they (kind of) have balanced the military technology and science fiction drama in an entertaining fashion — not perfectly, the CO leads every dangerous mission, but that’s drama. The Captain in “Ship” is much closer to reality than the reboot movie version of Captain Kirk (Bruce Greenwood’s character was spot on to me).

  • Gary

    Hello Everyone. As there’s plenty of discussions going about the recenlty announced new StarTrek series I thought I have to say something because it’s seems like already started to separate people who love StarTrek, rather it’s JJ NuTrek or the Original Trek. I don’t really the fan of the JJ Trek films and knowing the new series will involve someone who played a certain role of creaing that new line of Trek movies it even raised an eyebrow on me and on all of us all over the world.

    Personally I will wait for it and off course the argues will be more relevant when we will have more details about everything… but till then I have a message for ALL OF US: since 1966 we have had 5 brilliant StarTrek TV show, 1 cartoon adaptation and 10 amazing motion picture (sorry, i didn’t count the new ones)! I think as long as they won’t take those away from us, from “hard core Trekkies” it doesn’t really matters what will be or what line the new series will follow. I will enjoy the original timeline as it means a lot to me and without those series, those stories I would probably a different person. I loved those times and I’m great they are still there for us. When I need inspiration, or an escape from this “civilised” world I always go back for the original ones. After all those long years they still gives me hope, they warm up my soul and inspire me. That what it matters for me. It’s a bit sad as the audience tranformed for a “blow-up-the-whole-thing” hunger species, but for the ones who still need some quality program we still have those series.

    I’m pretty sure there will be some of you who will agree and disagree with me about that, but personally I would say: “go to hell with the negativism.” Wait, see and than decide if we want it or not… till then we have to remember what we have and be gratefull for it. 🙂 Live long and prosper. _\// Gary

  • Irodk

    Prime universe or I torrent this show.

  • Zarm

    So, by the way- anyone else want to join me in the #ItsSeries7 bandwagon? I mean, I know people want to forget TAS (heck, I know a lot of people that want to forget VOY, and I want to forget ENT, if we’re just being arbitrary)… but it was an officially-produced Trek show, run by Roddenberry and starring the original cast. Anyone but Gul Madred could tell you, there have been six series to date, not five. 🙂