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Red alert! CBS is boldly preparing to go where quite a few men, women, androids and Klingons alike have gone before: space, the final frontier. Television super producer Alex Kurtzman will executive produce a brand new Star Trek series, the first since Star Trek: Enterprise left airwaves in 2005. Kurtzman, of course, is no veteran to the spacey franchise – he’s responsible for co-writing and producing the latest incarnation of Star Trek films starring Chris Pine as the iconic Captain James T. Kirk.

Reportedly, this new Star Trek series will debut on CBS in January 2017, just a few months shy of the 50th anniversary of the original series, which debuted in September of 1966. This new chapter of the Star Trek saga will have no relation or connection with the universe or continuity that’s been established in the film reboot, remaining completely separate from Star Trek Beyond which will hit theatres in the summer of 2016.

“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,” CBS TV Studios President David Stapf said in a statement. “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.”

Here’s where the new Star Trek series gets interesting and starts embracing the future: after its initial premiere on CBS in January 2017, all remaining episodes of the still un-subtitled series will premiere at once on CBS All Access, the network’s very own digital subscription and live-streaming service which houses thousands of episodes from current and past series, including every single episode of every single Star Trek series, and allows them to be binge watched for a mere $6 a month. Quaking in your boots, Netflix? CBS is not only getting into the original program streaming game with a hugely popular franchise, but they’re offering it at a cheaper price tag. Phasers set to kill!

Despite the very 21st Century rollout model, CBS Television Studios plans to honor the storytelling the franchise is known for, namely taking a sci-fi concept and using it to point a mirror at contemporary issues we face today. “The brand new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.” Keep calm and warp speed on, Trekkies!

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