CBS Chief Les Moonves Says Star Trek: Discovery Will Launch By Early Fall

After being delayed for a second time, Star Trek fans now have a timeframe for then the franchise’s next series will premiere.

CBS CEO Les Moonves told investors on a conference call today that the Star Trek: Discovery will premiere “sometime late, early fall” of this year, according to Deadline.

Discovery was originally set to premiere last month. When series co-creator Bryan Fuller exited the production late last year, the release was pushed until May, then pushed again several weeks ago until an unspecified time. At the time of the second delay, it was reported that post production concerns of the likely effects-heavy show were to blame, which Moonves addressed on the call.

“It’s important to get it right, and Star Trek is the family jewels,” Moonves said. “We’re not going to rush it in. There’s a lot of post production. But I’m very confident based on what I’ve seen so far.”

When Discovery does premiere, while it’s first episode is expected to air on CBS, the remainder of the series will be exclusive to the company’s new streaming venture, CBS All Access. Interestingly enough, Moonves explained that it was Star Trek’s performance on another streaming platform that lead to the new show’s creation.

“There are millions and millions of Trekkies out there,” he said. “We know for a fact that the other versions of Star Trek… they all did really well on Netflix. That gave us great confidence that this was the right choice to put the full court press on All Access.”

Outside of of the U.S. and Canada, Discovery will be exclusive to Netflix.

The cast of Star Trek: Discovery includes Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Rapp, James Frain, Sam Vartholomeos, Malik Pancholy, Terry Serpico, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo.

Nicholas Meyer (director of The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country and co-writer of The Voyage Home) and Kirsten Beyer are serving as a writers and consulting producers with Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller and Rod Roddenberry as executive producers. Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts have been hired as co-showrunners.

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Andrew Cardinale is from a Boston suburb where he works in IT. When he’s not doing something Star Trek related, he writes, follows local sports and listens to far too many podcasts.

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  • pixelstuff

    “We know for a fact that the other versions of Star Trek… they all did really well on Netflix.”

    So then they conclude that it’s best to move it from Netflix for their primary audience?

  • Talos4

    Pushing the start date back yet again is a mistake. Once was okay, but not twice. If I had signed up for CBS All Access already in anticipation of the new Trek show, I’d be ticked off about wasting my money.

    • Arron Ratcliff

      That’s the boat i am in. I signed up for it when it still had the original start date. now I’m debating wither or not i’ll even watch the new star trek at all. I’ve wasted money because of their goofing around. i said goofing because kids might read this article and i didn’t want them to read a profanity laced sentence.