CBS has finally announced an official release date for Star Trek: Discovery (until/unless it changes again). The show will premiere Sunday, September 24th at 8:30pm Eastern on both the CBS network and CBS All Access, the digital subscription service that will run the rest of the series. CBS All Access will also have the second episode ready to air that night as well.
From the press release:
STAR TREK, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns to television 50 years after it first premiered with STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.
(We won’t quibble about the fact that we’re now fifty-one years out from the premiere of Star Trek, right?)
The show will roll out in two segments: eight episodes between September 24 and November 5, with the back half of fifteen episodes hitting the air in January 2018. So, not all at once like you would get on Netflix. It’s running like a standard network program, only on the digital side rather than the broadcast side.
Star Trek: Discovery takes place roughly ten or so years prior to the adventures of Kirk, Spock, and the gang during the original Star Trek, and appears to be set in the “Kelvin” timeline following the movie reboot. Cast includes Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Jason Isaacs, Michelle Yeoh, Rainn Willson, James Frain, and Rekha Sharma.
In addition, CBS All Access will be producing a weekly aftershow, Talking Trek, which will follow a weekly schedule along with Discovery. Outside the United States, the show will air in Canada on Space and CraveTV (OTT) and on Netflix in 188 other countries.