Here's a piece of news that makes sense in this revival-happy world: Star Trek is coming back to TV with "new characters and new worlds," Entertainment Weekly writes. The series will debut on CBS in January 2017, six months after Star Trek Beyond premieres in theaters. (The two reportedly aren't connected, although it'd be neat if they at least overlapped as much as Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the studio's big screen fare, The Avengers and such.)
The franchise has seen recent revitalization and cultural expansion with the 2009 reboot movie from J.J. Abrams ($385.7 million at the worldwide box office) and the 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness ($467.4 million globally).
Star Trek was born in September 1966, lasting a quick three seasons. Its last series was Enterprise, which ran from 2001 to 2005. The longest-running iteration was The Next Generation, which did seven seasons from 1987 to '94. More than a dozen movie adaptations have also been made.
CBS TV Studios president David Stapf had the following to say in a statement:
“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 [in 2016]. Everyone here has great respect for this storied 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.”
Kurtzman will executive produce the show. He co-wrote both of Abrams' Star Trek films and has lent his hand to geektastic franchises like Sleepy Hollow, Fringe and Alias. He's also directing the new Mummy.