New ‘Star Trek’ TV series to launch in 2017

It will air exclusively on CBS's online streaming service CBS All Access

A new Star Trek TV series will launch in January 2017.

The series will be executive produced by Alex Kurtzman, co-writer and producer of the franchise’s successful 2009 film reboot Star Trek and its 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness.

It has been commissioned by US network CBS especially for its online streaming service CBS All Access, which already offers every episode of all previous Star Trek TV series. The new series will launch with what the network describes as a “special preview broadcast” on CBS, but the premiere episode proper and all subsequent episodes will then only be available to US viewers through the streaming service, which costs $5.99 a month.

“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,” the network’s Marc DeBevoise explained in a press release.

“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 series will “introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilisations”, CBS teases, “while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966”.

Meanwhile, the Star Trek film franchise will continue with this summer’s Star Trek Beyond, in which Chris Pine’s Captain Kirk and Zachary Quinto’s Spock will square up to a mysterious villain played by Idris Elba. Co-written by Simon Pegg, who also returns as Scotty, it’s set for release on July 22, 2016.