So far, it’s seemed like things are going very, very well for Star Trek: Discovery, the first Star Trek TV series in over a decade, that despite the controversial decision of airing the show on CBS’ subscription-based streaming service, CBS All Access, anticipation has still been building for it over the past several months. Though, the choice to bring someone like Bryan Fuller on as showrunner is probably the reason for a majority of that excitement.
Originally, the series was announced to be premiering in January or early 2017 on All Access, but it looks like Star Trek fans may have to wait longer than they had thought or wanted to return to the world of Star Trek on television again.
The streaming service announced today that instead of an early 2017 premiere date for Discovery, the series will instead be premiering in May 2017, to give the show’s creative team enough time to apparently mold the show into something that can live up to fan expectations. Fuller and executive producer Alex Kurtzman commented on the delay with the following:
“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. 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.”
David Stapf, President of CBS Television Studios added:
“The series template and episodic scripts that Alex and Bryan have delivered are incredibly vivid and compelling. 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.
As far as I’m concerned, if Bryan Fuller wants more time to make sure Discovery ends up being the Star Trek TV series that he wants it to be, then that’s a good thing, no matter what. Even if that does mean we’ll have to wait about four months longer than we thought we were going to.
Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on CBS All Access in May 2017.
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