The Star Trek television series is to get a reboot almost one year after the 50th anniversary of the show's launch in Sep 2016. Star Trek: Discovery will introduce new characters seeking new worlds and new civilizations. The producers are keeping the details, like the plot and the cast, under wraps.
Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sep 24 on CBS TV, before moving to CBS All Access for further episodes. All Access is the broadcaster's digital subscription video-on-demand and live-streaming service.
It has been leaked that the new series is not related to the 2016 Paramount Pictures feature film, Star Trek Beyond.
Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced the blockbuster films Star Trek (2009) with Roberto Orci, and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) with Orci and Damon Lindelof, is executive producer for the TV series.
According to the franchise's official web site, Star Trek is one of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. The original Star Trek spawned a dozen feature films and five successful television series. Almost half a century later, the Star Trek television series are licensed on a variety of different platforms in more than 190 countries, and the franchise still generates more than a billion social media impressions every month.
Born from the mind of Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek series debuted on 8 Sep 1966 and aired for three seasons - a short run that belied the influence it would have for generations.
Date written/update: 2017-07-11