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A new 'Star Trek' series is coming ... to a streaming service in 2017

Reboot Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Kirk (Chris Pine) are as skeptical as we are about this subscription business.

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Reboot Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Kirk (Chris Pine) are as skeptical as we are about this subscription business.



Brace yourselves, fellow sci-fi nerds. More than a decade after Enterprise went off the air, we're getting a new Star Trek series, CBS announced today.

Now comes time for the bad news: We have to wait until January 2017 (feels lightyears away!), and the show is going where no Trek has gone before: After a broadcast premiere, the show is going to be running first on CBS' online streaming service CBS All Access — which costs $5.99 a month and still has commercials. (The news release points out that "CBS All Access already offers every episode of all previous Star Trek television series." So does Netflix, guys. So does Netflix.)

Yes, you'll have to shell out some dough beyond a cable or Hulu or Netflix subscription to see it. Surely some diehard Trekkies will, but how many? CBS reportedly hasn't decided yet whether the undetermined number of episodes will be added to the service weekly or all at once like Netflix does.

Alex Kurtzman, who produced the J.J. Abrams directed reboot movies Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, will serve as executive producer for the new series, but according to the Wall Street Journal, CBS said the new series will have nothing to do with next year's sequel, Star Trek Beyond. Kurtzman is also an executive producer for CBS' Scorpion and Limitless (terrible and terrible), so we take that news with a grain of salt.

There's no word yet on what the premise of the show will actually be, other than this line in the release: "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." So, same old Trek with new characters, it sounds like. Can we still cast a vote for Capt. Worf?

[Last modified: Monday, November 2, 2015 2:43pm]


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