Great news, Trekkies: Star Trek is officially returning to television!
CBS is developing a new Star Trek series to begin in early 2017. The first episode of the new series will be broadcast on CBS in January 2017, with subsequent episodes airing on CBS's streaming site, CBS All Access.
The new Star Trek series will be executive produced by Robert Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced the 2009 Star Trek film and 2012's Star Trek Into Darkness.
Heather Kadin (who has produced Scorpion, Sleepy Hollow) will also executive produce.
"There is no better time to give 'Star Trek' fans a new series than on the heels of the original show's 50th anniversary celebration," David Stapf, President of CBS Television Studios, said in a statement. "Everyone here has great respect for this storied franchise, and we're excited to launch its next television chapter in the creative mind and skilled hands of Alex Kurtzman, someone who knows this world and its audience intimately."
This will be the first original series for CBS All Access, which streams thousands of episodes of the network's programming.
"We've experienced terrific growth for CBS All Access, expanding the service across affiliates and devices in a very short time," said Marc DeBevoise, Executive Vice President/General Manager - CBS Digital Media. "We now have an incredible opportunity to accelerate this growth with the iconic 'Star Trek,' and its devoted and passionate fan base, as our first original series."
There is no word on which characters will be involved in the new Star Trek series, though CBS stated that the series will not be related to Star Trek Beyond, the upcoming film set for release in theaters in 2016.