'Star Trek' to reboot on CBS All Access

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Network hopes to draw viewers to new digital streaming service with 5th spinoff of the storied franchise

"Star Trek," the franchise that already claims more spin-offs than any other series in the history of television, will return with yet a new series this January 2017. This time, the show will appear on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription video-on-demand and live-streaming service. 

The sixth regularly scheduled series in the TV "Star Trek" franchise will make its debut with a preview broadcast on CBS, with subsequent episodes to air on CBS All Access.  Like  "Star Trek: Voyager," which helped launch the now-defunct UPN network in 1995, the new "Star Trek" series could help introduce audiences to CBS’ year-old streaming platform.

"There is no better time to give ‘Star Trek’ fans a new series than on the heels of the original show’s 50th anniversary celebration," said David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios. "Everyone here has great respect for this storied franchise, and we’re excited to launch its next television chapter."

CBS has not yet released details about show, such as the title, description or cast, but Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced the two most recent Star Trek films, "Star Trek" (2009) and "Star Trek Into Darkness" (2013), and Heather Kadin, producer of TV series "Limitless" and "Scorpion," will executive produce the new series. CBS Television Studios will produce the show in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout production arm. And CBS Studios International will distribute the television and digital platforms around the world.

The original show, which aired on NBC from 1966 to 1969, has spawned five regularly scheduled TV series spin-offs, including "Star Trek: The Next Generation"; "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine"; "Star Trek: Voyager"; and the most recently, "Star Trek: Enterprise," which aired on UPN from 2001 to 2005. The franchise also includes "Star Trek: The Animated Series" and next year’s "Star Trek Beyond," the 13th film in the theatrical series.

The  "Star Trek" reboot joins a growing list of classic returnees, including "The Muppets" on ABC; "Hawaii Five-O" and "The Odd Couple" on CBS (which will be back for season two in midseason). Soon to debut are "The X-Files" on Fox; "Twin Peaks" on Showtime; and "Fuller House" and "Gilmore Girls" on Netflix.  

Also in the early stages of development are new versions of dramas "Hart to Hart" (featuring a gay male couple) and "Xena: Princess Warrior," both on NBC. There is also talk about a new version of the 1987 to 1997 Fox sitcom "Married … With Children," starring David Faustino (Bud Bundy). One revival that was nixed before it even began was the new NBC version of former ABC sitcom "Coach" with Craig T. Nelson. And the new "Dallas," which limped along on TNT for three seasons, officially concluded (minus resolution to the season-ending cliffhanger) on Sept. 22, 2014.

Also heading to the big screen is "The Six Billion Dollar Man" with Mark Walhberg, which is based on classic 1970s ABC action/adventure show "The Six Million Dollar Man."


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