CBS CEO Les Moonves has tipped the network’s upcoming Star Trek reboot to be an ‘extraordinary success’ and has revealed that the series’ January 2017 release date is a by-product of the upcoming movie installment, per TrekMovie:
In 2017, when Star Trek starts on All Access, we think that it’s going to be extraordinarily successful.”
When [CBS and Paramount] split from Viacom ten years ago, January 1, 2006, one of the big sticking points, as you can imagine, was “Star Trek.” You know, we both wanted it.
[Paramount] said “It’s a movie!” and I said, “No, no, no, it’s a TV show.” Actually, we’re both right. So they kept the feature film rights, we kept the television rights; they have [Star Trek Beyond] coming out July 22.”
Our deal with [Paramount] is that we had to wait six months after their film is launched so there wouldn’t be a confusion in the marketplace.”
Stay tuned as we continue to monitor the status of the CBS Star Trek TV series…