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November 3 2015

Star Trek returning with a new series on CBS All Access

Star Trek is coming back to your television screen… but not in the way you would expect.

CBS announced on Monday that in Jan. 2017 it will air the first episode of an all new Star Trek series… and then you’ll have to start paying for it. After the first episode airs the series will move to the network’s subscription streaming service called CBS All Access which currently costs $5.99 a month. And for those of you who have yet to try the service, I hate to inform you that it does play commercials even though you are paying for a subscription.

Nothing is known about the new series yet beyond Alex Kurtzman being onboard as executive producer. If the name rings a bell it’s because he has been working on the rebooted films as well.

Reaction online has been generally positive, but I have to admit to some trepidation. I was not a fan of Voyager or Enterprise, so the last two Star Trek TV series definitely made me nervous when it comes to launching a new one. That being said, I have a feeling a lot of love is going to be thrown on this one as it’s the first new series in some time and it also is the first original content for CBS All Access. If you’re pulling out a big gun like this to launch a new initiative, you’re going to want to make sure it’s firing on all cylinders.

As CBS has given this a “straight to series” order (meaning it doesn’t have to film a pilot and then be approved) chances are high it will actually launch. Once in a while you do see a show such as this not make it, but none of those had “Star Trek” in the name.

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