It’s definitely on the way, but no release date for Star Trek: Discovery has yet been set. The earliest news about CBS’ new series, the first new Trek show since Enterprise left the air in 2005, was that it would be the literal flagship series for original programming on CBS streaming service All Access. The sci-fi show from an iconic 50-year franchise was originally set to premiere in January 2017, with The Good Wife spin-off The Good Fight to launch a month later.
Unfortunately that scheduling plan failed, with a series of delays exacerbated late last year by showrunner Bryan Fuller bowing out of any futher involvement in Star Trek: Discovery. The show did retain his original story arc ideas and the first two episode scripts he penned, so filming did commence at the start of this year. The most recent timeframe that CBS CEO Leslie Moonves had offered for the new Trek‘s debut was “late summer/early fall,” but now it sounds like fans shouldn’t count on that, either.
In an interview with Vulture, CBS Interactive president Marc DeBevoise said that, despite the show’s pivotal role in the launch of All Access original programming, there was no pressure to focus on a precise premiere date.
“It’s going great, I’ve actually been up there [to the set]. It is, you know, phenomenal. It is huge. And we’re very excited about the content, the creators, the actors, all coming together. As you said, we’re not tied to any specific release date. It’ll be there when we’re ready to do it, and when we feel it’s in a great place. We’re not worried about anything here. We’re excited, and we’ll have more specifics as we get closer to what will likely be the release dates.”
Asked if viewers could expect to look for it by the fall season, DeBevoise doubled down on being noncommittal, replying “We’re not stating.” Streaming series like those on Netflix and Amazon do typically have more creative leeway, and the focus on quality rather than a specific timeline is one reason why viewers shell out the extra money to subscribe to those services. Star Trek: Discovery is a series that should be major draw to CBS All Access, however, and with many Star Trek fans already disgruntled that they have to pay for a new installment in the franchise, these repeated delays could damage at least the initial success of the show.
Whenever it does debut, it will be interesting to see how many viewers will be signing up for the “bigger, rawer and grittier” take on the Star Trek universe. Discovery will also have a more modern serialized arc, and in keeping with Trek creator Gene Roddenberry’s original vision, boasts a very diverse crew, including Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) as Lt. Commander Michael Burnham and Jason Isaacs as the ship’s Captain.