The CBS All Access streaming network has announced premiere dates for its original series, Star Trek: Discovery, and the all-new edition of The Good Wife.
The latest installment of the Star Trek franchise — the first to launch in more than a decade — will now launch in May 2017.
“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,” added 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 will be available in the US exclusively on CBS All Access. Then, each episode of the series will be available globally within 24 hours of its US premiere, presented on Netflix in 188 countries and through Bell Media platforms in Canada.
The Good Wife meanwhile will debut in February 2017, essentially switching launch windows with Star Trek. It will premiere with a special broadcast on the CBS Television Network, and then move exclusively to CBS All Access. The series will pick up one year after the events of the final episode of the last instalment of The Good Wife and will star Emmy Award-winner Christine Baranski, who will reprise her role as Diane Lockhart, joined by Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn, along with the introduction of new characters as the story evolves.
CBS All Access is also launching a new digital edition of Big Brother, called Big Brother: Over the Top, on 28 September. “We have an amazing inaugural slate of originals for CBS All Access and world-class creative teams behind each of our shows,” said Marc DeBevoise, president and COO, CBS Interactive. “This line-up and release schedule will ensure we deliver the highest quality, premium series that are sure to appeal to both existing subscribers and new audiences alike, throughout the year.”