It’s been a decade since Star Trek left TV with the series finale of Enterprise, and though we’ve gotten two hit films (with a third on the way) from the franchise since, what many Trekkies really long for is a return to the small-screen, where Star Trek was born and thrived for decades. As we’ve previously discussed, various rights issues surrounding the franchise and the various studios with a stake in it make this difficult, but not impossible, and it’s always seemed like it was simply a matter of the right people getting together to make it work. Now, it seems they have.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS has given a straight-to-series order to a new Star Trek show, which will premiere on the network in 2017 before heading to the CBS All Access streaming platform. That means you’ll have to drop about six bucks a month on a streaming subscription to see all the episodes, but if you ask me that’s a small price to pay for Star Trek coming home.
Producer Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote both 2009’s Star Trek and 2013 Star Trek Into Darkness, is on board to produced the series, which will reportedly feature “new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.” We don’t yet know what connection, if any, the series will have to the current film continuity, which will reportedly continue with a fourth movie in 2019.
In the meantime, we’ve got Star Trek Beyond hitting theaters next year, as well as plenty of celebrating for Trek’s 50th anniversary, but that’s all eclipsed right now by this news. Trek is coming back to TV, and the Final Frontier looks brighter than it has in years.