CBS’s next chapter of the Star Trek universe continues to be a spot of ongoing discussion and hand-wringing. Star Trek: Discovery will launch on CBS’s “All Access” streaming service, sort of their version of ‘on demand’.
The series has been in development for some time now, and has already changed showrunners, passing from the guidance of Bryan Fuller (still listed as a co-creator) to Alex Kurtzman. The release date for the series has also ping-ponged back and forth from an original release date of January 2017 to May 2017, with the latest news being that CBS isn’t married to that date either.
Marc DeBevoise (who oversees CBS All-Access) did an interview with Vulture, and was asked about the new delays regarding the release of Discovery:
Vulture: I have to ask you about Star Trek: Discovery. It’s been delayed a bit, and you parted ways with Bryan Fuller. You still haven’t announced a premiere date, or even a launch window. Where is that right now? And how big of deal is that going to be?
DeBevoise: It’s going great, I’ve actually been up there [to the set]. It is, you know, phenomenal. It is huge. And we’re very excited about the content, the creators, the actors, all coming together. As you said, we’re not tied to any specific release date. It’ll be there when we’re ready to do it, and when we feel it’s in a great place. We’re not worried about anything here. We’re excited, and we’ll have more specifics as we get closer to what will likely be the release dates.
Vulture: Is it likely going to be the fall?
DeBevoise: We’re not stating.
That’s…..disappointing. Not really surprising at this point because if *I* were CBS, I would want to make DAMN sure the finished product was as polished as it possibly could be. Trek fans are notoriously unforgiving when something new appears in their space, and if early reports of the show are to be believed, there may have been some big time changes that had to happen.