‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Officially Sets Fall Premiere Date

Pictured (l-r): Doug Jones as Lieutenant
Jan Thijs

Star Trek: Discovery” has set an official premiere date, with the new entry in the storied sci-fi franchise set to launch this fall, Variety has learned.

The series will launch Sunday, Sept. 24 at 8:30 p.m./7:30c on CBS, though that time is approximate due to NFL Football and “60 Minutes” also airing that night. The series premiere will also be available on-demand on CBS All Access and the second episode of the series will be available on the service that same night immediately following the broadcast premiere.

After premiere night, all new episodes will be available on-demand weekly on Sundays exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers in the U.S. The 15-episode season will be released in two parts. The first eight episodes will run from Sept. 24 through Nov. 5. The season will then resume in January 2018.

“Discovery” was originally set to launch CBS All Access in January 2017, but the hotly anticipated series has been repeatedly delayed. As Variety previously reported, sources say difficulties casting and behind-the-scenes flux, including Bryan Fuller stepping down as showrunner, are cause for the show’s delay. CBS Corp. boss Leslie Moonves previously said at an investor conference that he was confident in the quality of the series, and the delay is due to requiring a lot of post production. “It’s important to get it right, and ‘Star Trek’ is the family jewels,” Moonves said.

Plot details for the show have been kept under wraps, but “The Walking Dead” alum Sonequa Martin-Green leads the series as Lt. Commander Michael Burnham. She stars alongside Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Michelle Yeoh, and Anthony Rapp among others.

“Star Trek: Discovery” is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Kurtzman, Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers. The series will be distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV.

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  1. Luke Marcus Engelhardt says:

    untell it gets put off again

  2. Blue Silver says:

    What the hell is CBS All Access??…..Really??

  3. John Miller says:

    We can watch the first episode on broadcast, and just skip the rest. Otherwise, so many are having a full-on freak out over the racial stuff and the gay stuff. But, I don’t care if you put a potted plant in the Captain’s Chair! You just have to have good characters and a good show. And, everyone in that trailer looked so completely bored. That is my concern.

  4. Jeff Lann says:

    I’m a huge Star Trek fan but I won’t be coughing up money for a stupid app.

  5. Oneirishman says:

    Crap, the once great Star Trek Franchise won’t survive another PC written liberal train wreck. I hope I’m wrong on this, but experience, guided by intelligence, tell me the wussification of America continues.

    • Jacen says:

      Considering you clearly have not seen any Star Trek stories–or else you would not make nonsensical statements about being PC–I doubt that intelligence was your guide in your statement. Moreover, the
      “wussification” detail suggests to me a weak couch potato who always wished he was John Wayne but lacked the fortitude to get off the couch.

    • Drew says:

      I guess you don’t watch Star Trek because Starfleet doesn’t use money (anti capitalist), features a black female, Russian, and Asian on the bridge, and featured the first interracial kiss…Trek has been progressive and liberal since the 60s…that liberal attitude has spawned 13 movies and 6 tv shows…you need to pick a new franchise.

    • Jeff Lann says:

      Uhh, you do realize Gene Roddennberry was as big a liberal as I am, don’t you?

    • Weary says:

      Could not have said it better myself. Bravo!

  6. Potatolover says:

    It’ll be on All Access after it airs? So…if you want to watch it as early as possible you got to sit through ads even if you’re paying for the ad free version of All Access. That’s a dick move to all the hypothetical people excited enough for this show to fork up money to CBS.

  7. Galactus99999 says:

    Beware all Star Trek fans. If you don’t like or watch Star Trek Discovery you will be labeled racist, sexist and homophobic by the liberal elite. Live long and prosper

  8. COMTE says:

    I’ve been a fan of Star Trek literally since Day One, and I would love to say I’m excited about this new iteration of the franchise, but I can’t help but think this has failure written all over it. The producers seem intent on alienating Trek fans with their blatant disregard of canon, and there appears little hope newer viewers are going to fork over the extra $$ for the network’s risibly-labeled “All Access”. Plus, the long production delays, combined with very public defections by key production staff early on do not give me much confidence CBS is setting this series up for success. I give it one season, and its cancellation will no doubt be followed close on by a very embarrassing abandonment of the AA experiment.

    • MattR says:

      All Access already had 1.2 million subscribers before original scripted content was released at the beginning of this year. Their stated goal is to reach 4 million subscribers by 2020, and in March they said they were approaching 1.5 million. All Access launched almost 3 years ago so it’s probably not going away anytime soon.

      Coupled to the fact that the entire production budget of Discovery’s first season was covered by licensing fees paid by Netflix, and basically CBS is in a little to no-lose situation.

      • COMTE says:

        1.5 mm subscribers after 3 years of operation? In the current media landscape that constitutes the punchline to a joke. By way of comparison, Netflix currently has nearly 100mm subscribers world-wide, and furthermore CBS cancelled network shows with more than 5mm viewers just this past season. Heck, there are kids on YouTube pulling significantly better numbers than what they’re aspiring to achieve. If they’re hoping to pull in a couple million more viewers to AA with Trek as their flagship series, I think they’ll be sadly – and expensively – mistaken. Maybe Netflix will pick it up when CBS decides to cut their losses.

  9. Dewd says:

    Let me see if I’ve got this straight. We all get to see the premiere episode, for free, on a CBS over the air broadcast, like any other CBS show. But after the premier, we can ONLY watch it on CBS All Access by subscription ? How is that ALL access? What a hypocritical misnomer.

    If that is indeed the case, then CBS is setting itself up for a monstrous FAIL, at least financially. If they think this is going to drive viewers to their subscription online service alongside Hulu, Netflix, HBO Go, yada yada yada, they will be mightily disappointed . Case in point: my SONY wi-fi Blu-Ray player doesn’t allow CBS, or HBO for that matter. I don’t subscribe to Netflix, but do engage Amazon Prime . It seems CBS has already eliminated half their potential market for a very pricey-to-produce show. What’s the point of watching Star Trek on a device or small screen ! If CBS’ affiliate/sibling the CW Network is any indication , you’ve already lost me and I suspect many others. I for one cannot endure a blizzard of commercials , hoping a program happens along. It’s a shame that this star-Trek reboot found it’s way to CBS at all.
    Looks to me like the business model for ST Discovery is one giant circular copulation. And that is most regrettable…

    • Drew says:

      You can bitch and moan all you want, but putting it on all access and selling the non North American rights to Netflix paid for the shows entire first season…moreover, Treks legal rights are a cluster f@&$ since CBS owns the TV rights and Paramount owns the movie rights…putting it on all-access takes care of any legal concerns…essentially this decision you hate so much is the only reason there is gonna even be a show.

  10. JOE S HILL says:

    Odd casting. Michelle Yeoh is a noted martial arts actress, and I fail to understand the casting here because so far, this “DISCOVERY” series is making “STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE” look more and more better! and 30 years ago, Paramount Television debuted “STAR TREK, THE NEXT GENERATION” into 1st run syndication, and so far, I just haven’t seen too much on this newest TREK show, since it’s run by people who have never had any solid history with STAR TREK, let alone this Alex Kurtzman, who with his former partner Robert Orci just lacks any kind of ideas or talent, they would’ve been better to leave TREK with more experienced people. i don’t give “STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” too much great odds, especially with the Yeoh woman at the helm!

    • Drew says:

      Joe clearly has no idea what he’s rambling about as Michelle Yeoh will only be in the first few episodes…Jason Issacs is Capt of the Discovery and Martin-Green plays the first officer (and star of the show)…but hey, ‘conservative justice warriors’ don’t need facts to get all mad about women, gays, and really any non christian white male character.

    • SWFAN says:

      Hilarious sexist and xenophobic response reminiscent of the narrowmindedness of people who couldn’t stand having a woman at that other helm last November. If this commenter had paid any attention to what he was spewing out, he would have known that Michelle Yeo isn’t the lead. It’s Sonequa Martin-Green, a fabulous choice by the way.

      • Oneirishman says:

        @Joe’s Hill
        I just knew a feminazi couldnt resist twisting an opinion into an opportunity to scream “sexist and xenophobic” here. I’m just shocked racism wasn’t included in the loony victim list.

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