Earlier today at the Star Trek 50th Anniversary panel at San Diego Comic-Con International, Executive Producer of the new Star Trek series, Bryan Fuller, treated fans in Hall H to the exclusive first look at the test flight of the U.S.S. Discovery, the newest Starfleet ship for the franchise's return to television. The ship name will also serve as the official title for the highly anticipated new series, Star Trek Discovery, coming to CBS All Access in January 2017, following the premiere on the CBS Television Network.
The panel, moderated by Fuller, honored the golden anniversary and the indelible mark the iconic franchise has left on fans around the world, and featured stars from previous iterations of the beloved series, including William Shatner, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Jeri Ryan and Scott Bakula. The new trailer debuted on YouTube shortly after the panel concluded. The new Star Trek TV series, produced by CBS Television Studios, will launch with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network in January 2017. The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access.
The show will be the first original series developed specifically for U.S. audiences for CBS All Access, a cross-platform streaming service that brings viewers thousands of episodes from CBS's current and past seasons on demand, plus the ability to stream their local CBS Television station live for $5.99 per month. CBS All Access already offers every episode of all previous Star Trek television series. The new Star Trek will introduce never-before-seen characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.
The original series only ran for three seasons, but became a cultural phenomenon, spawning a slew of movies and spinoff TV shows such as Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise. The franchise was revitalized on the big screen in 2009 with J.J. Abrams' Star Trek and its 2013 follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness. The franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, with a new adventure debuting on the big screen as well, Star Trek Beyond, which opened in theaters around the world this weekend.
The new television series will be distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and through Bell Media in Canada. Star Trek: Discovery is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman's Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller's Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers. Take a look at the new trailer and photo below for your first look at this sci-fi series.