CBS announced today that Star Trek: Discovery will debut with a broadcast TV premiere on Sunday, September 24 at 8:30 EST / 7:30 CST, with the first episode also available on demand on the network's streaming site, CBS All Access. Yay! Of course, the caveat here is that, unless you have CBS All Access, you will not be able to watch the rest of the series as it airs, seeing as how subsequent episodes will only be released on the streaming service. Immediately following the broadcast debut, however, the second episode of the series will also be up for viewing on demand on CBS All Access.
New episodes of Star Trek: Discovery will only be shown on CBS All Access, but, if you were hoping to sign up for the service and use the seven day free trial to binge the entire 15-episode season, you'll be out of luck. The show will be released like your standard TV show, with one new episode appearing each Sunday night at the same time. In fact, Season 1 of Star Trek: Discovery will actually air in two parts, like a lot of TV shows do. Episodes 1-8 will air Sunday, September 24 through Sunday, November 5, the show will break for the holiday season, and then new episodes will pick back up sometime in January 2018.
In case you've missed out on the latest in Star Trek: Discovery news, the show will follow the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery on an adventure that takes place 10 years before we watched the Enterprise travel around the galaxy. Unlike previous entries in the Star Trek TV universe, the show will be heavily serialized, with a season-long arc that focuses on telling one complete story. And, that story is said to feature a big event from Trek history that's been mentioned before but never shown on screen.
Star Trek: Discovery has lined up an impressive cast of regulars and recurring characters. The show will focus on Sonequa Martin-Green's First Officer Michael Burnham, and also features Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou, Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca, Anthony Rapp as Lieutenant Stamets and Doug Jones as Lieutenant Saru. We will also see Spock's father Sarek appear, played by James Frain, and original series troublemaker Harry Mudd will be played by Rainn Wilson. Discovery will also feature a variety of Klingons (though we likely won't see any of Worf's ancestors) and other Starfleet crew.
Remember, you can catch the debut of Star Trek: Discovery on September 24 on CBS, with new episodes airing weekly on CBS All Access.