CBS Sets Official Title For ‘Star Trek’ Series, Releases First Look At New Ship

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CBS has set an official title for their upcoming Star Trek TV series. The new 13 episode series, from showrunner Bryan Fuller and CBS Television Studios, will be titled Star Trek: Discovery, it was announced yesterday at San Diego Comic Con during the Star Trek 50th Anniversary Panel.

The title of emanates from the name of the ship which will be at the centre of the new series: the USS Discovery (NCC-1031). It was previously revealed that the new series would “introduce 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”.

Precise plot details are still being kept under wraps, however Bryan Fuller once again confirmed that Star Trek: Discovery will be serialised rather than episodic. “We’ve got new things; we’re telling stories in a brand new way”, he said. “We’re not going to be doing it episodic. We’re going to be telling stories like a novel”. Fuller also spelled out his ambitions for storytelling on Star Trek: Discovery, adding that it needs to “continue to be progressive, push boundaries and tell stories that give us hope for a future.”

There was no word on casting, with sources telling TVWise that the producers have yet to officially set any lead roles, though the process has begun. Those decisions are expected to be made in the coming weeks, before production gets underway in Toronto in September. Star Trek: Discovery will premiere in January 2017 with a special two-hour preview on CBS, after which episodes will air weekly on streaming service CBS All Access. Netflix will air the series within 24 hours of the US broadcast in some 188 countries, including the UK.

Beyond revealing the title, CBS has also released a first look image of the new ship and a short teaser trailer showing the ‘test flight’ of the USS Discovery – both of which can be seen below:

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