Producer Alex Kurtzman is developing a new “Star Trek” TV series, setting it at warp speed to debut on CBS in January 2017.
The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS’ All Access digital subscription service. This would be the first original series developed specifically for U.S. audiences to air in such a way.
Kurtzman is exec producing via a deal with CBS Television Studios. It will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout. Kurtzman and Heather Kadin will serve as executive producers (This is separate from his and Roberto Orci’s K/O Paper Products overall with CBS TV).
“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, exec v.p. and g.m. of 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.”
The new show’s premiere comes soon after the golden anniversary of the original “Star Trek” series, which debuted on Sept. 8, 1966 and aired for three seasons. Starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy and created by Gene Roddenberry, the series covered everything from race relationship to the environment as it grew to become a cult phenomenon.
“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 of 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.”
Kurtzman co-wrote and produced the films “Star Trek” (2009) with Orci, and “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013) with Orci and Damon Lindelof. 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 and is written by Doug Jung and Simon Pegg.