The new Star Trek TV series Star Trek: Discovery is officially set to premiere on CBS this fall, before streaming through CBS All Access thereafter. Discovery has gone through a couple of premiere date changes over the past year, after CBS’ original announcement of a January 2017 launch date. The series was then pushed back to May of this year, before CBS delayed it again to the fall in the aftermath of Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, American Gods) officially stepping down as Discovery‘s showrunner.
Discovery producer Alex Kurtzman, who also produced and co-wrote the movies Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness, has since stated that the show’s premiere date was pushed back in order to adjust to the series’ larger-scale production and to allow the proper amount of time for development. Discovery is now more firmly locked-in for arrival this fall, as CBS has at last revealed a concrete premiere date for the show.
Star Trek: Discovery will debut on CBS on September 24th, 2017 at 8:30 pm ET/PT, as the video below (posted to the show’s official Twitter account) affirms. After the premiere, subsequent episodes of Discovery will stream through the CBS All Access streaming service. The first eight episodes of Discovery‘s fifteen-episode freshman season will be released on a weekly basis until November 5th, with the seven remaining episodes due to follow starting in January 2018.
Discovery takes place ten years before the events of the original 1960s Star Trek TV series and stars The Walking Dead vet Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham, a Starfleet Lt. Commander whose career is on the rise, even against the backdrop of the ongoing Cold War between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. Michelle Yeah costars in the series as Michael’s superior and mentor-figure, Captain Georgiou, while Jason Isaacs plays Captain Lorca – the fellow who actually commands the eponymous spaceship Discovery.
As indicated earlier, Discovery is aiming to be the the most film-like Star Trek TV show ever in terms of production values and visual effects quality; hence the extended development period, according to Kurtzman. The TV series will feature much in the way of cameos from Star Trek-loving celebrities too, it would seem, and has already been praised for both its cinematic aesthetic and casting of women of color in leading roles, following the release of the first official Star Trek: Discovery trailer. As such, the ends may yet prove to justify the means here, as far as Discovery‘s multiple premiere date delays are concerned.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres on CBS on September 24th, before streaming on CBS All Access thereafter.