In November 2015, CBS announced a new Star Trek series was being produced with a premiere date of January 2017. Yesterday CBS issued a press release stating that the now titled Star Trek Discovery has been moved to May 2017.
Series was to Blaze New Trail for CBS
Discovery was meant to be the first original program to premiere on CBS All-Access. All-Access is the big networks answer to Netflix, costing viewers $5.99 a month to stream their favorite shows. However with this announcement, a spin-off of The Good Wife will take its place.
Why the Change?
The decision to push back the premiere was made at the request of the production team headed by Bryan Fuller. CBS released the document yesterday and in a joint statement by Fuller and co-executive producer Alex Kurtzman, they said:
“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.”
CBS Execs Weigh in on the Matter.
Additionally, the press release included a statements from CBS Television Studios President David Stapf and CBS Interactive president Marc DeBevoise. Both men weighed in on the schedule change.
From the Press release:
“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.”
You can find the press release in it’s entirety here.
What We Know About Discovery
Last month, Fuller spoke about Star Trek Discovery at the Television Critics Association press tour. He revealed that the show would not focus on an Enterprise or ship’s captain. Instead, Discovery will focus on a female lieutenant commander. Also, it will be the first truly serialized Star Trek series in the franchise’s history. The show will be set 10 years before Star Trek The Original Series. In addition, a tweet last week from Fuller, reveals the TOS episode, Balance of Terror is a touchstone for Discovery.
Balance of Terror introduced the Romulans to the Trek Universe and pitted Kirk against a
Romulan commander. The two spent much of the episode in a high stakes game of cat and mouse. That deadly game ultimately ended when the Romulan commander set his ship to self-destruct rather than be captured.
A Disappointing Move, but Not an Unexpected One…
Since the announcement last year, fans have been waiting with baited breath for details about the story, cast and ships of Star Trek Discovery. There have been a few revelations, but with no casting announcements yet, it should come as no surprise that the premiere has been moved. It makes sense with this being the first new Trek to hit the small screen in more than a decade. This delay gives fans more to salivate over as they wait for the return of “The Final Frontier!”
What are your thoughts? Are you ready for Star Trek to beam back to television? What do you think of the platform? Will you be subscribing to CBS All Access to watch the series as it premieres? Please comment, LIKE and Share, and always, “Live Long and Prosper!”