Science fiction fans have been anxiously awaiting Star Trek’s return to television for over a decade now. When CBS announced their new original series Star Trek Discovery, the world of geekdom let out a collective inaudible screech of joy. That excitement has been tamped down somewhat by recent scheduling and casting delays that have slowed the release of Star Trek Discovery. Nevertheless, CBS has finally announced a release date for the newest Star Trek series: Sunday, September 24th, 2017.
Star Trek Discovery will air on Sept. 24 sometime around 8:30 p.m./7:30 central; due to the unpredictability of Sunday NFL games, the broadcast premiere could be pushed back. However, CBS’s streaming on-demand service, CBS All Access, will stream the first two episodes of Star Trek Discovery immediately alongside the broadcast premiere. The first season will be split into two halves, with the first eight episodes debuting this year.
Star Trek Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green, Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, Rainn Wilson, Doug Jones and James Frain. The series is the first Star Trek show to air on television since the lukewarm Star Trek Enterprise starring Scott Bakula was cancelled in 2005. The Star Trek franchise got a slick reboot in 2009 with three J.J. Abrams and Paramount Pictures films, and this new CBS series is intended to serve as a bridge between the new movies and the older television series. Star Trek Discovery tells the story of the USS Discovery, a historic starfleet vessel which explores an as yet unknown previously mentioned event from the Star Trek canon.
CBS All Access costs just $5.99 per month, and is contract-free for subscribers even without a cable subscription. Star Trek Discovery will premiere on CBS and CBS All Access on Sunday, September 24th, 2017.