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While the Star Trek films have indeed found their footing in recent years (particularly with the recent release of Star Trek Beyond), television will always be the real home of the iconic sci-fi franchise. With that in mind, Trekkies all over the world have been on pins and needles waiting for Star Trek: Discovery to debut on CBS All Access. Delays in recent months have plagued the highly-anticipated series, but insiders insist that everything is running smoothly behind the scenes. CBS Interactive president Marc DeBevoise explained:
It's going great, I've actually been up there [to the set]. It is, you know, phenomenal. It is huge. And we're very excited about the content, the creators, the actors, all coming together. As you said, 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.
Marc DeBevoise's recent comments to Vulture seem to indicate that there's nothing wrong behind the scenes of the new Star Trek series. His words offer some level of reassurance about the status of Star Trek: Discovery, but he did not go so far as to provide a definitive release date or window for the upcoming series. Conventional wisdom seems to dictate that we can probably expect it this fall, but that could very easily change in the face of further delays. Despite its overall importance to CBS and the new CBS All Access streaming platform, Star Trek: Discovery's development has been rocky -- to say the least. The project has experienced many delays, and it suffered a major blow when producer Bryan Fuller dropped out of the project. These issues have led to quite a bit of worry over the future of the project, but DeBevoise seems to suggest that the concern is unfounded.
Star Trek: Discovery doesn't just represent a significant moment for CBS and CBS All Access; it's also an enormous step forward for the franchise as a whole. A prequel to the main Star Trek continuity, the series will follow the exploits of the U.S.S Discovery as they venture through the cosmos to seek out new life and new civilizations. Although we haven't seen much of it, the series has already made history by casting The Walking Dead's Sonequa Martin-Green as its first ever African American, female lead. Beyond that, the rest of the ensemble (which includes Jason Isaacs, Doug Jones, Maulik Pancholy, and Anthony Rapp) appears to similarly embrace Gene Roddenberry's original vision for a diverse and progressive vision of the future.
CinemaBlend will bring you any and all relevant updates pertaining to Star Trek: Discovery as more information related to the upcoming series becomes available to us. That said, there are still plenty of spring and summer television debuts left to go before the next Star Trek series debuts, so make sure to fill out your TV viewing schedules accordingly.