In the midst of Hollywood’s frantic race for franchises, we’ve seen reboots for just about every major property under the sun. As one such property, Star Trek has seen a massive resurgence following J.J. Abrams’ three films. Now, the iconic sci-fi franchise will head back to television, with the announcement from CBS that the network will bring Star Trek back as a full-on series.
It comes as an interesting turn of events, given that the original TV series has already gone through a whole host of reboots over the last half-century of its existence. Already we’ve seen Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise, in addition to the original 1966 iteration. This makes CBS’ planned show the sixth TV series in the franchise’s history (if you discount Star Trek: The Animated Series, which Gene Roddenberry considered non-canon).
So what can we expect moving forward? Here’s what we know (and don’t know) so far.
1. The new Star Trek will air in the fall of 2017
It figures that CBS, the only network still going all-in on four-camera sitcoms, would be the one to get in on the streaming industry well after the rest of the TV-verse. That being so, kicking things off with a new Star Trek show is about as good as it gets for any video-on-demand platform.
The show was originally slated for a January 2017 release, but was later pushed to May 2017, before getting delayed once again to the fall of 2017. The show is now officially scheduled to premiere on September 24.
After the first episode airs on CBS, all the episodes following the pilot will then air exclusively on CBS All Access, an on-demand service that will run users $5.99 a month. CBS All Access is currently live now, and features past episodes of every Star Trek series.
Fortunately, Trekkies who don’t have a CBS All Access subscription will still be able to see the new series. Netflix announced that, “Each episode of the new series will be available globally within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere.”