Following Star Trek: Discovery has been a heck of a roller coaster. First, Alex Kurtzman was attached to run the project, which didn’t bode well in my mind. However, CBS and Paramount did something brilliant by bringing in Bryan Fuller to create and showrun the series for a January 2017 release. Then it was delayed to May. Then Fuller left. Now it’s being delayed, again.
In a press release, CBS has issued a reason for the delay, which stems from getting the show right. You can read that statement below:
“Production on ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ begins next week. We love the cast, the scripts and are excited about the world the producers have created. This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show. We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn’t beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows.”
The silver lining here is that production will get underway in just seven days, so the show is happening for sure. It doesn’t look to be one of those delay after delay that knocks a project off the production schedule. So sooner or later, we will be getting Star Trek: Discovery — we just don’t know when.
Some more good news has come in as James Frain has just been added to the cast of Discovery as Spock’s father, Sarek. This comes from a tweet from the official Star Trek: Discovery Twitter account.
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) January 18, 2017
All of this news makes me wonder when Star Trek: Discovery will make it into the limelight. Most 13 episode seasons tend to have a two week production cycle for each episode, but with the heavy visual effects required for a science-fiction series, there’s still a lengthy post-production process, as well. If they wait until the production process is over, then we are probably looking at a September release date at the earliest.
I think that sometime in the summer is a likely launch date, to be honest. While Star Trek: Discovery itself will be screening on a streaming platform, the series premiere is supposed to get a big flashy network premiere on CBS, and they may want to do it before the fall premieres.
My best guess (and this is very much me gasping at straws here) is an August release to give the effects crew as much time as required, while not pushing the date back too far. We waited this long, what’s another three months?
Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on CBS sometime this year followed by the series continuing on CBS All Access.