Well, after almost a year of build-up to January’s launch of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY on CBS All Access, the broadcaster announced today that the new series will now be leaving spacedock next May – and that the previously-announced spinoff of The Good Wife will instead be the first original series on the streaming platform, next February.
The decision was made to push out DISCOVERY at the request of the production team headed by Bryan Fuller, the network detailed, in a joint statement by the showrunner and co-executive producer Alex Kurtzman.
“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,” said executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller.
“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 addition, CBS’s release included notes from CBS Television Studios president David Stapf and CBS Interactive president Marc DeBevoise regarding the schedule change.
“The series template and episodic scripts that Alex and Bryan have delivered are incredibly vivid and compelling,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. “They are building a new, very ambitious ‘Star Trek’ world for television, and everyone involved supports their vision for the best timing to bring to life what we all love on the page.”
“We have an amazing inaugural slate of originals for CBS All Access and world-class creative teams behind each of our shows,” said Marc DeBevoise, President and Chief Operating Officer, CBS Interactive. “This line-up and release schedule will ensure we deliver the highest quality, premium series that are sure to appeal to both existing subscribers and new audiences alike, throughout the year.”
Fans have been long-awaiting news on casting and other significant details on the upcoming Star Trek series, with only limited information on general character and setting detail has been released so far, and an early look at a design for the starship Discovery back in the summer – and many have wondered if broadcaster was cutting it a bit close on the production schedule to meet the impending January launch date.
What do you think about this news? Are you happy that the team will have more time to get the show put together before the first episodes air, or does this delay worry you?
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