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CBS pushes back ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ TV show to May 2017

MUMBAI: CBS All Access, the US broadcaster CBS Television Network’s subscription video on-demand and live streaming service, has announced that the show ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ will now launch in May 2017.

The new premiere date is driven by the belief of the creative team that this gives the show the appropriate time for delivery of the highest quality, premium edition of the first new ‘Star Trek’ TV series in over a decade.

“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. 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,” said executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller.

“The series template and episodic scripts that Alex and Bryan have delivered are incredibly vivid and compelling. 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,” said CBS Television Studios president David Stapf.

Following its May 2017 premiere on the CBS Television Network, all episodes will be available in the US exclusively on CBS All Access. 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.

In addition, CBS All Access announced that their new edition of ‘The Good Wife’ will debut in February 2017, essentially switching launch windows with ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ providing two highly anticipated original premieres in the first half of 2017. The new ‘Good Wife’ will premiere with a special broadcast on the CBS Television Network, and then move exclusively to CBS All Access.

The new series will pick up one year after the events of the final episode of ‘The Good Wife’. The new series will star 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.