CBS is finally putting their money where their digital subscription mouth is: a year after becoming the first cable network to create a stand-alone streaming service, it’s now ready to unveil some original programming. Trying to attract the young, Internet-savvy, chord-cutting demo, the $5.99 a month All Access Pass is resuscitating one of the most beloved television franchises of all time.
Yes, Star Trek, which most millennials only know of as a J.J. Abrams (starship) enterprise, has been confirmed for a January 2017 streaming release via CBS’s All Access Site, which currently does not have original content but allows you to stream the network live and watch episodes from any existing (or formerly existent) CBS programs. So far, no news about casting, but the show will be run by Alex Kurtzman, who worked with Abrams on his two recent reboots. New characters, along with some fan favorites are purported, and in terms of buzz, it’s a slam dunk: moments after the news was released, the title started trending on Twitter. Fingers crossed that it can deliver even half the ratings windfall of any particular episode of The Good Wife.