Fans may have to wait just a little bit longer than they thought before “Star Trek” returns to their television screens again.
CBS All Access has announced Wednesday that instead of the previously announced January 2017 premiere date, “Star Trek: Discovery” will instead be making its premiere on the streaming service in May 2017. The delay comes, according to the network, in order to give the show’s creative team more time to create a “Star Trek” TV series that lives up to the fans’ expectations.
“Bringing ‘Star Trek’ back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood,” executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller say in a statement. “We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality. Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: ‘Star Trek’ deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.”
“The series template and episodic scripts that Alex and Bryan have delivered are incredibly vivid and compelling,” adds David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios. “They are building a new, very ambitious ‘Star Trek’ world for television, and everyone involved supports their vision for the best timing to bring to life what we all love on the page.”
“Star Trek: Discovery” will air its series premiere on CBS, with all subsequent episodes exclusively on the network’s streaming service.