The good news, if you’re a Star Trek buff, is that the series will be returning to television in 2017 — in honor of the series 50th Anniversary — and that it has a credible name behind it. Alex Kurtzman — who produced and co-wrote the J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek films — will also produce the new television series.
The bummer news, however, is that the new series will boldly go where no one else wants to go. The series will premiere on CBS, but after the first episode airs on network television, all new episodes will be available only on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.
In other words, if you want to watch the new Star Trek series, you will have to subscribe to yet another streaming service, and given the dearth of other decent CBS offerings, the new series will have to be damn good if we’re expected to pony up another $6 a month to watch it.
In fact, with the abundance of streaming options these days, I’m not sure I’d pay an additional $6 a month to watch anything, much less an unproven reboot from the writer of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Cowboys and Aliens.