New Star Trek Series & 50th Anniversary

It might be hard to believe, but it’s been 50 years since Star Trek first appeared on TV and this momentous anniversary happens to nearly coincide with the upcoming return of the beloved sci-fi series to CBS next year. While CBS will be showing the program, it will not appear on broadcast television, but on the network’s online streaming platform, CBS All Access. Interest in the franchise is higher than it’s been in years, with a new film, Star Trek Beyond, being released later in the year. The first teaser for the new Star Trek series was released this week along with trailers for other upcoming CBS shows. At the moment, one of the biggest questions fans are asking is how the new series will integrate into the existing Star Trek universe – or if it will at all.

CBS isn’t releasing a lot of information about the series at this time and there is still very little that is known about the show outside of the network. The teaser promises new heroes, villains and new worlds, which is admittedly very vague, but seems to suggest that we’ll be seeing characters and events which take place in the same universe, but not directly connected to the film series.

The new series features some Star Trek veterans in showrunner and co-creator Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies), who began his career as a TV writer on the series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. Writer and consulting producer on the new show, Nicholas Meyer, is also a Star Trek veteran, who wrote and directed Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country. Eugene Roddenberry, the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry and Alex Kurtzman, co-writer of the 2009 Star Trek film, are executive producers.

CBS hasn’t said anything yet about the plots of the new series, but it has been rumored that like Fargo or American Horror Story, the new Star Trek will be an anthology series. One especially prevalent rumor making the rounds at the moment is that the first season will take place between the events of Star Trek VI and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

One thing that we do know is that the series won’t tie into the events of Star Trek Beyond, so don’t expect it to mesh with the Star Trek cinematic universe, at least not yet. We also know that the show will be available only through CBS All Access, which means that you’ll need a monthly subscription to watch the show – other than the series premiere, which will be shown on CBS in January 2017.

Fans will still be waiting a while before the new CBS series begins airing, but fortunately, with Star Trek Beyond arriving in theaters on July 22, it’ll be a little easier to wait for next year’s premiere.

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