Star Trek boldly returns to TV

Star Trek is set to beam back to the small screen when a new television series launches in January 2017, CBS has announced.

According to the show’s website, it will “introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations”.

The hugely successful Star Trek franchise – which generates more than a billion social media impressions every month – celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016.

“There is no better time to give Star Trek fans a new series,” said David Stapf, president of CBS TV studios.

Alex Kurtzman – who co-wrote and produced the box-office blockbusters Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) – will executive produce the series.

“Everyone here has great respect for this franchise and we’re excited to launch its next television chapter in the creative mind and skilled hands of Alex Kurtzman, someone who knows this world and its audience intimately,” added Stapf.

The new series will kick off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network before running exclusively on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.

It is also expected to be distributed around the world by CBS Studios International.

The original Star Trek ran for three seasons from 1966.

It was successfully revived with Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 – 1994), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993 – 1999), Star Trek: Voyager (1995 – 2001) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001 – 2005).

Star Trek also spawned a dozen feature films and five television series, and is still licensed on platforms across over 190 countries.

“Every day, an episode of the Star Trek franchise is seen in almost every country in the world,” said Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Global Distribution Group. “We can’t wait to introduce ‘Star Trek’s’ next voyage on television to its vast global fan base.”

The as yet-untitled new series is not linked to the upcoming feature film Star Trek Beyond, which is due to be released in summer 2016.