Fans are going to have to wait a while longer to dive back into the Star Trek television universe.
CSB is pushing back the premiere of the new series Star Trek: Discovery from it’s January 2017 planned debut to May of 2017, according to Variety. The spinoff of The Good Wife will take it’s place on CBS All Access, the streaming platform of CBS, in February.
The delay is said to be needed so that the creative team has more time to meet expectations for the series, especially with the special effects. According to Variety, the decision to delay the series came very recently as executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller raised concerns last week about needing more time.
“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 Kurtzman and 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.”
For a series that was supposed to be coming out in around three months, not a lot of information regarding casting or other areas seemed to be coming out. According to Variety, executives said that even though they still have yet to cast the series female lead that is not factoring into the delay.
Star Trek: Discovery is expected to be a hit that will help draw more viewers to use CBS’s new streaming service, a service that currently has around a million subscribers. With the popularity of The Good Wife it’s possible they will still see a bump in subscribers once that series debuts leading up to STar Trek showing up in May.
Star Trek: Discovery will premiere it’s first episode on television, on CBS, before subsequent episodes will all appear only on the CBS All Access service.