CBS hasn’t said exactly when Star Trek: Discovery is going to premiere on its CBS All Access subscription streaming service, but we may have received a big clue Wednesday.
The network announced the premiere date for The Good Fight, its digital spin-off of The Good Wife, which took over Discovery‘s original release slot after CBS pushed the series back four months. The drama, starring Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo, will debut Feb. 19 on both the network and the streaming service, a debut similar to what has been promised for the new Star Trek series.
CBS will then release each episode on its streaming service weekly until all 10 episodes of the first season are exhausted. That would take the series run to April 30. If CBS follows the formula HBO loves – readying the next big series to start immediately after the last one – that could put Discovery the very next week, possibly even on May 7.
That possibility is still quite speculative, however, because it assumes CBS would immediately follow The Good Fight with Discovery without a break. Because this would be the first time CBS All Access has handed off one original scripted series to the next, there is really no history to go by, except successful formulas employed by other networks, like HBO.
CBS will air the Discovery premiere the same night it debuts on the streaming service, and the plans already put that airing as part of the coveted May sweeps – when ratings have the most impact for advertisers. Launching May 7 would more or less kick off the sweeps period for CBS, and with enough hype, could even help lead it to a Sunday win.
Not a lot of information has come out about the new Star Trek series outside of recent casting news that brought Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Rapp and Doug Jones aboard. It is believed filming will begin in February or March in Toronto.
Unlike The Good Fight, Discovery will have a 13-episode season, meaning if it starts May 7, it would run through the end of July, and set up the next CBS All Access series to start right at the beginning of August.
That is if there is a next series. CBS has not announced any other original shows for the streaming service, although executives have said the plan is to release a new original series each quarter.
CBS All Access has been doing that already, starting with its reality competition show Big Brother this winter, and continuing with The Good Wife in the first quarter of 2017, and Discovery in the second.
The Good Fight, according to a release by CBS, picks up a year after the events of the final broadcast episode of The Good Wife.
In the new series, an enormous financial scam has destroyed the reputation of a young lawyer, Maia Rindell, while simultaneously wiping out her mentor and godmother Diane Lockhart’s savings. Forced out of Lockhart & Lee, they join Lucca Quinn at one of Chicago’s pre-eminent law firms.
Baranski will reprise her role as Diane Lockhart, while Jumbo brings back Lucca Quinn. Rose Leslie, late of Game of Thrones (playing the “free folk” love interest of Kit Harington’s Jon Snow) has been cast as Maia.
CBS likely won’t make an official announcement on the debut of Discovery until after The Good Fight debuts.
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