No need to rush the bridge and hit the panic button yet, but it sounds like bringing Star Trek back to television is proving a little trickier than anticipated. Star Trek: Discovery was originally to premiere on CBS in January, with subsequent episodes appearing exclusively on CBS’ streaming service, CBS All Access. Earlier this week, The Hollywood Reporter reported that Discovery has been delayed until May.
According to the report, the delay came at the request of the creative team, led by executive producer Bryan Fuller. Fuller and co-producer Alex Kurtzman said in a statement, “We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and postproduction for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an air date, don’t result in compromised quality. Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: Star Trek deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of.”
There’s not much else to say besides that, because not much has been said about the show. Despite the very large number of 50th anniversary events taking place this year, Discovery has been mentioned very little, and all that’s known about the show is that it will take place on a ship called the U.S.S. Discovery, but won’t follow the captain or other high-ranking officers (there was a teaser, but it didn’t really tease anything). It’s possible that the lead role will go to a woman, but we haven’t heard anything else on that front, either. It’s hard to tell if the production team is just being coy (hey, we like surprises), or if there really is no casting news to reveal yet. While the constant hype cycle for pop culture events can get tiring, that’s the kind of buzz that not only gets the word out, but ensures fans remember that something big is coming. For whatever reason, it’s not happening with Discovery. I get the feeling we’ll find out why, for better or worse, soon enough.