San Diego -US television network CBS celebrated the 50th
anniversary of Star Trek at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, revealing that the
keenly-awaited new series is to be called Star Trek Discovery.
The name was revealed at the
end of a 76-second teaser trailer shown at the sci-fi and fantasy festival
which showed a starship pulling out of its mooring inside an asteroid.
Bryan Fuller, a Star Trek
veteran who started out in the 1990s writing for Deep Space Nine and Voyager,
is to return as co-creator and executive producer of the new show.
"We're telling stories in
a new way. We're not so much episodic. We're going to be telling stories like a
novel," he told the Comic-Con audience.
He didn't elaborate, but
"non-episodic" series typically have story arcs which run across a
whole season or even longer, unlike the previous five Star Trek shows, which
were mainly made up of self-contained episodes.
The new series, which begins
filming in Toronto in September ahead of a premiere planned for January next
year, will be the franchise's first new outing in more than a decade.
The premiere will be broadcast
on CBS's main channel, with the rest showing on subscription service CBS All
Access in North America and Netflix - with a delay of 24 hours - in the rest of
The original Star Trek told
the story of the flight crew aboard the USS Enterprise spaceship, which
ventured around the galaxy exploring new worlds.
It snowballed into a cultural
phenomenon in the 1970s and 80s, making household names of the late Leonard
Nimoy, who played the half-human, half-Vulcan "Mr Spock," and William
Shatner, who played Captain James T. Kirk.
Shatner was joined onstage for
the panel by other actors in the Star Trek canon, including Scott Bakula
Michael Dorn and Jeri Ryan.
Shatner described the Star
Trek ethos as "the basis of law and order" and "the basis of
"I think Star Trek in
general has been about individual rights and about respecting everyone, no
matter who or what they are," said Brett Spiner, who played the android
Data in the Star Trek: The next Generation television and film series.
"A lot of our politicians
and our fellow citizens could take a page from Star Trek and have a bit more
respect for each other and for all of us," he added.
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