With Star Trek Beyond releasing in theaters this week and a brand new Star Trek television series from CBS on the way, the franchise is trying its best to keep Star Trek in the public eye by re-reviving the series for a new, modern audience. These new additions to one of the longest-running franchises in both television are hoping to capture the same essence and lore of the original series that first created such a massive fan base - Trekkies. The pressure is high, as the new series has to impress both long-time fans and bring in new ones to truly be considered a success.
The new Star Trek series is set to begin filming this fall and will premiere on CBS Network Television in January of 2017, with all subsequent episodes exclusively available online through CBS All Access. Details concerning the series have not yet been released, but the official synopsis does give us some hints: “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.”
Netflix and CBS recently announced that the new Star Trek series will stream internationally on Netflix 24 hours after the show airs on CBS All Access, giving international viewers a chance to watch as well. This is a first for Netflix, considering it usually takes quite a few months for any new seasons of television series to appear on the streaming giant's roster. The day-after treatment will not be available to the U.S. or Canada, but will run in 188 other countries.
Armando Nuñez, President and CEO of CBS Studios International said:
The launch of the new ‘Star Trek’ will truly be a global television event. ‘Star Trek’ is a worldwide phenomenon and this international partnership will provide fans around the world, who have been craving a new series for more than a decade, the opportunity to see every episode virtually at the same time as viewers in the U.S. Thanks to our world-class partners at Netflix, the new ‘Star Trek’ will definitely be ‘hailing on all frequencies’ throughout the planet.”
Sean Carey, VP of Global Television at Netflix added:
“Star Trek is one of the most iconic shows in television history and we’re thrilled to partner with CBS to bring the beloved series to Trekkies around the world. The newest chapter of the story promises to continue the rich tradition of adventure and is sure to excite fans everywhere Netflix is available.”
The media streaming giant will also be adding all 727 existing Star Trek episodes from the franchise’s expansive library — including Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. Each series will be available globally (including in the U.S.) on Netflix by the end of 2016.
The CBS All Access show has stellar producers, including showrunner Bryan Fuller (Hannibal), Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek), and Rod Roddenberry. The upcoming series also added previous Star Trek movie directors like Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan), Kirsten Beyer (Star Trek novelist), Joe Menosky (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and finally Aron Coliet (Heroes) will further help create a talented production team with plenty of Star Trek pedigree.
The upcoming reincarnation of Star Trek carries the weight of connecting with current fans and impessing new ones. Attracting new talent is important to freshen up the show, but rebuilding the series for the next generation requires writers and producers who understand Star Trek’s tropes inside and out. Now that the show will be available globally though Netflix, all Trekkies will have the opportunity to enjoy the new Star Trek Series.
The new Star Trek series will debut on CBS All Access and Netflix in January 2017.