At the request of Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, CBS’s streaming service CBS All Access has pushed the premiere of Star Trek: Discovery from January to May 2017. In keeping with the previous roll-out plans, the series premiere will now air on the CBS network during the May sweeps, before it shifts to CBS All Access for the remainder of its 13 episode first season.
Star Trek: Discovery is set in the “prime-universe” some ten years before the events of Star Trek: The Original Series. While precise plot details have not been revealed, showrunner Bryan Fuller recently revealed that it will be a serialised story, with a diverse, female Lieutenant Commander set to be the lead character. It will open with an “incident in Star Trek history that has been talked about, but never explored before”. While Fuller previously denied that the Romulan War was the focus of the show, last week he teased that the TOS episode Balance Of Terror, which first introduced the Romulans, is the “touchstone” for Discovery.
TVWise understands that Fuller and Kurtzman asked CBS to delay the launch of Discovery in order to allow the production team more time during filming and post-production to deliver the highest quality series possible. Despite the delay, there will be no major changes to the production schedule, with casting now underway and production set to begin within the month in Toronto. Three scripts have been completed and the arc for season one has been fully fleshed out.
“The series template and episodic scripts that Alex and Bryan have delivered are incredibly vivid and compelling,” said 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.”
“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,” said executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller. “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.”
Star Trek: Discovery is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. The writing team is being lead by showrunner Bryan Fuller and also includes Nicholas Meyer, Alex Kurtzman, Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harbert. The executive producers are Kurtzman, Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. Netflix holds rights to the series in the UK (and 187 other territories) and will make episodes available within 24 hours of their U.S. premiere.