The new Star Trek series’ final frontier is going to take a little bit longer to reach.
CBS All Access announced Wednesday that the premiere of “Star Trek: Discovery” has been pushed back from January 2017 to May 2017. The first episode will still premiere on CBS’ broadcast network — most likely tied to a popular season finale — with all subsequent episodes airing exclusively on All Access, CBS’ premium streaming service.
“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 said 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,” they continued. “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.”
When the upcoming series does edge out of port, it will feature a woman in the lead role, Fuller announced last month. He also revealed that the new series will be set a decade before the original TV series.
By Megan Vick