In the wake of all the excitement created when CBS announced it was making a new Star Trek series (yay!) back in November, not much else about the project has been revealed besides the facts that Trekkies will have to pay to watch (boo!), that it is set to debut in early 2017 in the wake of the 50th anniversary this year, and that Alex Kurtzman is beaming aboard the project as executive producer.
During the Television Critics Association, new CBS Entertainment president Glen Geller (he recently took over from Nina Tassler, who stepped down at the end of the year) opened up to Slash Film about the new Star Trek TV series (the first in more than 10 years after Star Trek: Enterprise went off the air in 2005) being developed over at CBS for their streaming service, CBS All Access.
Set your phasers to stun, because Geller had some interesting things to say, including the fact that the series, spearheaded by Kurtzman (who co-wrote 2009's Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness with former partner-in-crime Roberto Orci and J.J. Abrams) and being developed for CBS All Access, was NEVER going to be developed for the broadcast network.
“It was always designed for a streaming service. I’m just thrilled we get to be part of the launch. We’ll broadcast the launch. I’m not sure about the plans creatively for new characters.”
Geller also added that CBS and CBS All Access are so separate that he himself has absolutely nothing to do with the new Star Trek series!
“I don’t have anything to do with it. It really is for All Access. While the network will be broadcasting the pilot, I actually can’t answer any creative questions about it. I’m looking forward to seeing the new Star Trek. I think it’s going to be an exciting project.”
Well, that's a bit of a bummer. On the other hand, since it's on All Access, perhaps the new Star Trek will be a little edgier? What do you think?