CBS announces the premiere of Star Trek Discovery will be pushed back from January 2017 to May 2017.
CBS released a press release today pushing the premiere of Star Trek Discovery back from January 2017 to May 2017.
"The highly anticipated STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will now launch in May 2017. The new premiere date is driven by the belief of the creative team that this gives the show the appropriate time for delivery of the highest quality, premium edition of the first new “Star Trek” TV series in over a decade.“Bringing ‘Star Trek’ back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood,” said executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller. “We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality. Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: ‘Star Trek’ deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.”“The series template and episodic scripts that Alex and Bryan have delivered are incredibly vivid and compelling,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. “They are building a new, very ambitious ‘Star Trek’ world for television, and everyone involved supports their vision for the best timing to bring to life what we all love on the page.”Following its May 2017 premiere on the CBS Television Network, all episodes of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will be available in the U.S. exclusively on CBS All Access. Continuing the worldwide appeal of the franchise, each episode of the series will be available globally within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere, presented on Netflix in 188 countries and through Bell Media platforms in Canada."
While this is certainly disappointing, it’s not surprising. CBS is investing a lot of money into the new Star Trek series and would want to make sure everything is perfect before a launch. The Discovery Comic-Con teaser trailer was a rush job, and wasn’t well received by the fans. It’s far better to do things right than push them out in a hurry.
As we neared time for production to start this month it’s clear that things were behind schedule. Even if Discovery’s production had begun this month that would only give the show four months to finish writing, film, and produce the show.
So while the news that we will have to wait until May for new Star Trek is disappointing, it’s probably for the best.
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