Premiere Date For CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery Pushed Back

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It was already a long wait for Star Trek fans when it was announced that Star Trek: Discovery would be premiering in January 2017 on CBS Access. Well, it looks like we’ll have to wait a little bit longer.

Star Trek: Discovery will now drop in May, giving the production team a little more time to make the show perfect. According to Deadline Hollywood, “the new Star Trek series has three completed scripts and the first season mapped out. Sources say the show, which is now casting, was moving along according to its production schedule but its producers proactively asked the studio for more time to use in pre-production, filming and post.”

I take it as a great sign that, rather than wait until signs of trouble, the creative team wants to take more time to get things right, rather than rush the process. I think most of us would rather the show be good than be released too soon. Said showrunners Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman in a statement:

“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.”

Meanwhile David Stapf, President of CBS Television Studios, says “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.”

Signs all point to quality writing requiring quality execution. You know what? I’m totally fine waiting for that.

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Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.