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New ‘Star Trek’ series to blast off in 2017

Posted at 12:28 PM, Nov 02, 2015

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — “Star Trek” is about to boldly go online.

A new “Star Trek” television series will arrive in our galaxy in January 2017, CBS announced on Monday.

The new series will have a “special preview broadcast” on the CBS Television Network, but the premiere and first-run episodes will run on the network’s digital subscription video on demand platform, “CBS All Access.”

This is the first original series developed for CBS’ streaming service.

“Star Trek” is one of the most popular franchises in popular culture with an obsessed fanbase that is arguably only rivaled by another outer space saga “Star Wars.”

The series, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, has had about half a dozen television series over its run and multiple films including the 2009 reboot blockbuster, “Star Trek.”

Alex Kurtzman will serve as executive producer for the new series. Kurtzman co-wrote and produced 2009’s film adaptation and its 2013 sequel “Star Trek Into Darkness,” both directed by J.J. Abrams.

CBS noted that the new series would not be related to the upcoming film, “Star Trek Beyond,” which debuts in theaters next year.