Star Trek is coming back to TV, says Hollywood Reporter!
Well, sorta. A new Star Trek series is in the works at CBS. Producer Alex Kurtzman is said to be developing a “new take” on the classic science fiction show. It is said that the new show will focus on “new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes”, which to me sounds less like a “new take” and more like “same premise”. No writers are attached to the project yet.
The new Trek is set to premiere on CBS in January 2017, with subsequent episodes airing on its digital and video on-demand platform, CBS All Access. You read that right: the new Trek is being developed specifically for CBS All Access. The cost of CBS All Access is $5.99 per month and allows access to other CBS programming. (It will also be distributed through television and other platforms worldwide.) Great news, I guess, if you get your TV a la carte and especially CBS All Access; less so if you buy cable packages, where you will have to pay extra to see it.
It’s probably overdue for the franchise, now enjoying a resurgence at the box office, to spread its money-making wings to television. It’s been off the TV airwaves for 10 years now. And if Star Wars can do it — and even they that franchise was years past the time when it should have migrated to TV — so can Trek. Time will tell if the new show is a welcome return. My reserved skepticism is currently riding on impulse power.