When ViacomCBS debuted their streaming service, they wanted to make sure viewers had incentive to sign-up. One of their biggest incentives, of course, was the revival of the Star Trek franchise, with a brand new series set before the events of the original series. Since then, the franchise expanded with Star Trek: Lower Decks, Star Trek: Picard, and the soon-to-arrive Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. However, faced with a dearth of new original programming the wake of the COVID shutdown, CBS the network turned to its sister streaming service for help. In announcing their schedule for the Fall, CBS Network revealed that Star Trek: Discovery will air in primetime. So far, it’s just the first season, but they have an entire second season in the can as well. The third season of Discovery is set to premiere on CBS All Access in October, after Lower Decks finishes its run.
The first season of Star Trek: Discovery remains one of its most controversial. Old-school fans were disappointed by the tone of the series, including how Sonequa Martin-Green’s Michael Burnham commits mutiny in the opening episode. What followed then was a season-long arc about a war with the Klingons. Still, with only subscribers and die-hard Trekkers watching CBS All Access, it will be interesting to see how a primetime, network TV audience reacts to the series. The high production value, thrilling action sequences, and stellar performances all could draw in entirely new Star Trek fans.
Kelly Kahl, President of CBS Entertainment offered a statement about the decision, and how CBS All Access helps their network compete with ABC, NBC, and FOX in the time of COVID.
From the press release:
“This is hardly a traditional fall season, but we are prepared with a strong slate of original content while our regular scripted series begin production…. Based on our current timeline, we hope to start rolling out our previously announced fall series as they become available in November.”
This is not the first time Star Trek: Discovery aired on the CBS Network, either. In September of 2017, the pilot episode aired on the network as well. However, now with the entire season there, fans may find themselves being hooked enough to sign up for season two and three.
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