Whispers of a new Star Trek TV series heralding the franchise’s return to the small screen have floated about for several years now, and have at last have been confirmed. Alex Kurtzman will spearhead a new TV Trek series to debut on CBS All-Access (that’s right, streaming) in January 2017.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, a search has begun for a writer to headline the new Star Trek series, while the network itself confirms that the series will arrive exclusively on CBS All-Access in 2017, following a pilot preview on the TV network itself. So reads the initial synopsis:

The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.

Kurtzman wrote both the 2009 Star Trek reboot and its 2013 sequel with frequent partner Roberto Orci, though we’re told Orci would have no involvement in any new TV series. Surprisingly, we’ve also been informed that the new series will not have any ties to the upcoming Star Trek Beyond.

A new series would also coincide with the franchise’s upcoming 50th anniversary, and presumably resolve the Paramount-Viacom rights dispute that prevented any non-cinematic Star Trek ventures from gaining steam.

We’ll learn more as information arrives, but should Star Trek really make its long-awaited return to TV, even as Star Trek Beyond gears up for a 2016 launch? What should we hope to see with a new TV branch, an under an exclusive streaming platform?

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