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New Star Trek series lined up for 2017

Star Trek

Story by Jack Foley

A NEW TV series of Star Trek has been confirmed for January 2017, CBS has announced.

The new show will “introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations”, according to the CBS website.

This was backed up by David Stapf, president of CBS TV studios, who added: “There is no better time to give Star Trek fans a new series.”

Star Trek celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2016.

Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced the blockbuster films Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) will serve as executive producer for the series.

And Stapf believes there is no better person to update the franchise for TV audiences.

“Everyone here has great respect for this 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.”

The series will begin with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network before running exclusively on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.

The original Star Trek television series spawned a dozen feature films and five television series and made household names of its stars, including William Shatner (who played James T Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy.

And it continues to be a strong cinematic force, with an upcoming feature film, Star Trek Beyond, due to be released in summer 2016. However, the new series will not be related to this film, according to sources.