Still No Discovery Release Date
The latest Star Trek series to take to the airwaves, named Star Trek Discovery, still has no set release date. When the newest iteration of the pop-culture franchise was announced, it was expected to premiere in January 2017. When fall 2016 approached and no official casting announcements had been made, fans began to get nervous and expect that there would be a delay.
Then Bryan Fuller, the original series creator, bowed out of the production due to existing obligations at other shows, including American Gods. The duties of showrunner was handed over to Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg, with Fullers blessings. Star Trek Discovery seems to be back on track for the most part, but still no official casting announcement made.
Then in late November, CBS announced the show would be delayed until May 2017, a full five months behind the original expected air date. This was certainly not what many fans wanted to hear, but most understood that the delay meant a better overall production. This was important as Star Trek hadn’t had any new episodes on television in over a decade, and there is a lot riding on the new series – possibly a live-or-die scenario for Trek on TV.
We’ve since been told that the May 2017 launch date wouldn’t be made either, and that there was no set date. That was back in January, so you’d think that by now (April 15th), we might have heard something official about a final release date for Discovery.
Well this week, Vulture had an interview with CBS Interactive president Marc DeBevoise. In that interview we found out that there is still no set date for the new Star Trek show. When asked by Vulture if the show will air in the fall, DeBevoise simply replied “we’re not stating.”
We Remain Optimistic About Star Trek Discovery
That may sound scary to a lot of fans that have pinned a lot of hopes on the new show. However DeBevoise gave us reason to remain optimistic that Star Trek Discovery will be worth the wait.
“It’s going great, I’ve actually been up there” he said, referring to the set in Toronto. “It is, you know, phenomenal. It is huge.” Pinewood Studios Toronto, where Star Trek Discovery is being filmed, is stated to have the largest purpose-built sound stage in North America. BeDevoise continues “and we’re very excited about the content, the creators, the actors, all coming together… we’re not tied to any specific release date. It’ll be there when we’re ready to do it, and when we feel it’s in a great place. We’re not worried about anything here. We’re excited, and we’ll have more specifics as we get closer to what will likely be the release dates.”
When that release date will happen is anyone’s guess as of now. Production began in late January and we know that filming of the second episode had already begun by the middle of March. There are slated to be 13 episodes in Discovery‘s first season. Recently some of the cast made reference to finishing up in Toronto for a while, so it’s likely that new set construction needed to commence before additional filming could occur.
We’ve previously written that we expect the series to launch some time in the early fall; possibly in late September. But with no official word we could be in for a long wait before we can finally enjoy a new Star Trek series on television.
Star Trek Discovery will air on CBS AllAccess (USA), CraveTV (Canada), and Netflix (rest of world).