Trekkies the world over can celebrate the news that a new Star Trek series in the works — although, for the first time ever this new Trek spinoff won’t be airing on television per se, but on CBS’ new digital platform CBS All Access.

According to Deadline, this new series will helmed by Alex Kurtzman and Bob Orci (Fringe) and will continue the original series’ mission of “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.”

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Don’t look for updated versions of Kirk, Spock and Bones, however; as Deadline reports, those characters will continue to appear in the feature-film franchise (with Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto continuing to play the roles originally played by William Shatner and the late Leonard Nimoy), while the new series is expected to introduce new characters, in much the same way that The Next Generation, Voyager and Deep Space Nine did.


“There is no better time to give Star Trek fans a new series than on the heels of the original show’s 50th anniversary celebration,” said David Stapf, President, CBS Television Studios. “Everyone here has great respect for this storied franchise, and we’re excited to launch its next television chapter in the creative mind and skilled hands of Alex Kurtzman, someone who knows this world and its audience intimately.”

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While the J.J. Abrams-helmed films have done big business at the box office, Star Trek has been conspicuous by its absence on the small screen since the cancellation of the critically panned, low-rated Star Trek: Enterprise, which ran from 2001-2005.