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Star Trek returns

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news Monday morning that current Star Trek film producer Alex Kurtzman is redeveloping the franchise for television.

According to THR, “the new Star Trek has been picked up straight to series at CBS, with the premiere slated for the network in January 2017. Subsequent episodes will air on its digital platform, CBS All Access.”

StarTrek.com has updated with an official announcement full of information mostly concerning CBS All Access, which people are suddenly going to care about. After the CBS premiere, the digital subscription service will be the only way to watch the new series. All episodes of existing Star Trek series are already available on CBS All Access (except apparently the animated series?). The service currently supports Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV and Android streaming devices.

There is no word on whether the series will follow the adventures of the USS Enterprise or some other starship or installation, although the official Star Trek website does say this: “The brand-new Star Trek 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.”

We don’t even really know what universe or timeline it will be set in! But it seems they will just miss getting it up and running for next fall season to coincide with Star Trek’s golden jubilee. (The original series debuted on Sept. 8, 1966.) But it’s a narrow miss, and a win for fans who want their Trek TV. The franchise has been missing from television since the divisive prequel series Enterprise left the air in May 2005 — over 10 years ago. While the Alex Kurtzman-Roberto Orci-J.J. Abrams partnership rebooted the Trek universe for film, there are many who believe the episodic TV format better suits the themes of exploration captured by the original series.

Star Trek returns to the medium that launched it? Energize!

Kurtzman, who co-wrote 2009’s Star Trek revival and its 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, is searching for a series writer.

Images: Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount Pictures)

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