At their upfront presentation in New York City on Wednesday, CBS revealed the logo and a short teaser trailer for their new Star Trek TV series, which will premiere on the traditional network in January before seguing to CBS All Access for the remainder of its run.
Thus far CBS has been very tight lipped about the project, selective revealing very few details about the new Star Trek. As far as plot details go, CBS has only said that the series is not connected to Paramount’s rebooted feature film series and will will 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. Though there have been unconfirmed rumours that it will be set between the events of Star Trek: The Undiscovered Country and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
While the overt setting and plot are being kept under wraps, CBS has been less tight-lipped about the team bringing Star Trek back to the small screen. Bryan Fuller, who wrote from various Star Trek series in the 1990s, is on-board as the showrunner and is leading a writers room that includes Nicholas Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan), and Alex Kurtzman, (Star Trek Into Darkness). The trio also serve as executive producers alongside Heather Kadin, Trevor Roth and Rod Roddenberry.
It is understood that the series will consist of 13 episodes, which will unspool weekly on CBS All Access rather than the entire season being released at once, as Netflix and Amazon tend to do with their original series. CBS Television Studios is producing, with production set to commence this Fall in Toronto, Canada. Casting is set to get underway shortly, with the studio casting a wide-net for a “charismatic lead”.
Given that Star Trek is still in a relatively early stage of pre-producion, the “trailer” feature no actual footage but plays on the classic theme song, confirming CBS’ assertion that the new series would be in the spirit of the original series. The tag line for the trailer is also telling: “New crew. New Villains. New Heroes. New Worlds.” The logo, see above, is also somewhat reminiscent of the original 1960s series.
Check out the trailer below: