Gene Roddenberry’s original Star Trek television series (TOS) debuted on Thursday, September 8, 1966 via NBC. Roddenberry, a TV writer of Westerns (primarily) during the 1950s, pitched the show as a cross between Gulliver’s Travels and Wagon Train…in space! Over the next 50 years there have been 13 films, 5 television series, and that animated thing in the early 70s starring the original NBC cast. J.J. Abrams famously rebooted the films in 2009, but there hasn’t been a new TV series since Enterprise ended in 2005.
Today, we learned — via Twitter — that Star Trek Discovery will premiere on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT:
According to CBS, new episodes will release each Sunday at the same time on CBS All Access (exclusively for subscribers in the United States; Netflix will carry the series internationally). The first season consists of 15 episodes, will be broken into two “chapters”; chapter one contains 8 episodes, beginning on September 24, and the remaining episodes in chapter two begin in January 2018 (exact date and time not specified).
The CBS All Access service launches on June 28, 2017 for $5.99 per month (with limited commercials) or a commercial-free version for $9.99. Most of CBS’ TV shows are available on Hulu, Amazon, Netflix, etc., albeit only past seasons; to get current seasons of any CBS TV shows you will have to subscribe to CBS All Access.
It’s a big question whether audiences will subscribe to a CBS-only service if they’re already receiving the network’s content via cable, satellite, or one of the growing number of cord-cutting services (YouTube TV, SlingTV, PlayStation VUE, etc.) Clearly, they’re betting on the lure of original and exlusive content like Star Trek Discovery. It’s one helluva risky experiment, given the pricetag per episode is probably $5-$6 million (the standard production rate these days). CBS CEO Les Moonves recently told investors that he expects 4 million subscribers to CBS All Access.
Will you subscribe to CBS All Access just to watch Star Trek Discovery? Let us know in the comments down below!
Star Trek Discovery hits CBS All Access streaming service on September 24, 2017.
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