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From startrek.com:

CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new Star Trek television series in January 2017. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.

The next chapter of the Star Trek franchise will also be distributed concurrently for television and multiple platforms around the world by CBS Studios International.

The new program will be the first original series developed specifically for U.S. audiences for CBS All Access, a cross-platform streaming service that brings viewers thousands of episodes from CBS’s current and past seasons on demand, plus the ability to stream their local CBS Television station live for $5.99 per month. CBS All Accessalready offers every episode of all previous Star Trek television series.

The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.

Alex Kurtzman will serve as executive producer for the new Star Trek TV series. Kurtzman co-wrote and produced the blockbuster films Star Trek (2009) with Roberto Orci, and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) with Orci and Damon Lindelof. Both films were produced and directed by J.J. Abrams.

The new series will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout. Kurtzman and Heather Kadin will serve as executive producers. Kurtzman is also an executive producer for the hit CBS television series Scorpion and Limitless, along with Kadin and Orci, and for Hawaii Five-0 with Orci.

Star Trek, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2016, is one of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. The original Star Trek spawned a dozen feature films and five successful television series. Almost half a century later, the Star Trek television series are licensed on a variety of different platforms in more than 190 countries, and the franchise still generates more than a billion social media impressions every month.

Born from the mind of Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek series debuted on Sept. 8, 1966 and aired for three seasons – a short run that belied the influence it would have for generations. The series also broke new ground in storytelling and cultural mores, providing a progressive look at topics including race relations, global politics and the environment.

“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, 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.”

“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, Executive Vice President/General Manager – 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.”

“Every day, an episode of the Star Trek franchise is seen in almost every country in the world,” said Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group. “We can’t wait to introduce Star Trek's next voyage on television to its vast global fan base.”

CBS All Access offers its customers more than 7,500 episodes from the current television season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand nationwide, as well as the ability to stream local CBS stations live in more than 110 markets. Subscribers can use the service online and across devices via CBS.com, the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, as well as on connected devices such as Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku players and Roku TV, with more connected devices to come.

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.

What does everyone think? I'm pretty excited. Kurtzman and Orci did a stellar job on Fringe and I definitely like the rebooted JJ Abrams (Into Darkness was unfairly maligned in my opinion).

I just hope that CBS have learnt lessons from Voyager and Enterprise.
 
Yes!!! I've barely watched the old show but loved the reboot and this should really lend itself to TV. Sl*y me in space!

'CBS All Access' exclusive though...
 
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The only series I watched while it ran was Voyager, which I loved. I am totally excited for this though.

Voyager had some fantastic moments (nearly all of Seasons 4 and 5 are outstanding, with a smattering of other brilliant moments across the series) but it was inconsistent. Kate Mulgrew was a revelation though. Sassy Space Queen.

DS9 is it for me. What a show. Breaking down that Star Trek stereotype. And Kira was EVERYTHING. I lived for her beating the shit out of people.
 
VERY excited for this. I'm very happy this won't be on broadcast TV, but CBS All Access sounds like they are putting a lot of pressure on this to consolidate their streaming service.

Apparently the original script for Star Trek Beyond included a way to rewrite the events on ST09, getting back to the original timeline. I really hope this will be in the same timeline of TOS, TNG, DS9 and VOY, it would be a shame to waste so much story, specially when the current trend is to make the fictional universes more complex, not simplify them.

Just, please, let there be Borg.
 
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Considering that Alex Kurtzman is handling this, expect it to be in the new timeline but with the complexity of Fringe. Give me a serialised arc and some new villains with old races appearing sporadically.
 
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Sounds great, I just hope it's a small series like 13 episodes rather old-school 25.
 
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Sounds great, I just hope it's a small series like 13 episodes rather old-school 25.

I'd be very surprised if we get more than 13 episodes and I would certainly expect it to be serialised.

I've always felt that a major factor of Enterprise's demise (aside from Season 1 and 2 were drivel) was its reluctance to embrace serialised story arcs. By the time Seasons 3 and 4 happened, nobody have a shit. Tragic really, considering Season 4 was spectacular- up there with DS9's best moments.
 
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I never got into Deep Space 9 at all. It was always about Voyager for me and anything with The Borg.
 
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I never got into Deep Space 9 at all. It was always about Voyager for me and anything with The Borg.

Everyone says that about DS9. It never got a chance to stand on its own given it ran alongside The Next Generation and then Voyager. But it's the superior series and the paranoia generated by The Founders/Dominion is strikingly relevant into today's world.
 
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Perched for this. Not a very 'Trek' trailer but I don't mind that too much. I already like it more than the 2009 movie rehash that was Into Darkness (even if I quite like it).
 
The last movie got criticised for taking them away from the Enterprise too much and they're following it up with this? The new uniforms look ugly and ill-fitting too.

It does look better than the last one though.
 
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Didn't Simon Pegg write this? Or am I thinking of something else. It does look very 'Blockbuster summer popcorn movie' which could either be a good or bad thing for Trekkies.
 
Didn't Simon Pegg write this? Or am I thinking of something else. It does look very 'Blockbuster summer popcorn movie' which could either be a good or bad thing for Trekkies.

Yes. They fired Roberto Orci and Pegg was up for the challenge.

I don't mind it being a blockbuster. I'm more bugged when there are big plot holes and they introduce 100% fantastic elements, like the red matter from ST09.
 
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The last movie got criticised for taking them away from the Enterprise too much and they're following it up with this? The new uniforms look ugly and ill-fitting too.

It does look better than the last one though.

If anything, most of the critisism of Into Darkness revolved around it being a rehash of The Wrath Of Khan; having Kirk die instead of Spock, Khan seeking vengence on Starfleet and also shoehorning in a pointless cameo from Leonard Nimoy.
 
It was also criticised for the lack of team spirit where the Enterprise crew are concerned. It moved from action setpiece to action setpiece without much in the way of ship-based character development or drama, which is a cornerstone of Star Trek.
I wish they could make a TV miniseries with the same cast, to show us more of their world.
 
I never got into Deep Space 9 at all. It was always about Voyager for me and anything with The Borg.

I think DS9 is probably the best series. It was nothing like Star Trek, completely abandoning the optimism of it, preferring a dark and nasty take on space exploration. I also think it had the best baddies in the form of The Dominion who were a credible force of evil, a sort of anti-Federation. I thought they were brilliant.
 
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