Why Is The New Trek Series Taking So Long?


CBS’ Les Moonves explains why the new Star Trek series is taking so long.

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January 2017 feels as far away as the Gamma Quadrant as we anxiously wait on CBS’ new Star Trek series.  Why do we have to wait so long though? Well according to blastr CBS’ Les Moonves had this to say about it while speaking at the Deutsche Bank Media, Internet & Telecom Conference.

"“When [CBS] split from Viacom ten years ago, January 1, 2006, one of the big sticking points, as you can imagine, was “Star Trek.” You know, we both wanted it. They said “It’s a movie!” and I said, “No, no, no, it’s a TV show.” Actually, we’re both right. So they kept the feature film rights, we kept the television rights; they have [“Star Trek Beyond”] coming out July 22. Our deal with them is that we had to wait six months after their film is launched so there wouldn’t be a confusion in the marketplace.”"

So CBS’ Star Trek ambitions have to wait six months for Star Trek: Beyond to hit theaters and then presumably make it to BluRay and digital release; that makes complete sense actually.

The wait may feel eternal, but in the end it’s probably a good thing for our new Trek.  CBS seems to be taking care to bring a lot of very talented Trek veterans on board, and is heavily promoting Star Trek’s upcoming 50th anniversary. Les Moonves himself called Star Trek the “family jewel” of CBS. If the series was pushed out on a fast track would their be time for all of that?

As excited as we are to see the new CBS Star Trek series we supposed we can wait until January 2017.

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