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There's a New Star Trek TV Series Coming in 2017

But there's a catch ...

Liz Raftery

Star Trek is boldly going where no television series has gone before - directly to CBS' new digital platform, All Access.

A new Star Trek TV series will premiere on CBS in January 2017, the network announced Monday. The first episode will air on the CBS TV network, but all subsequent episodes will be exclusively available through All Access, CBS' digital subscription service, which costs $5.99 a month.

The series will introduce new characters, but will explore similar themes as the original show, which debuted in 1966. Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced the recent movies Star Trek andStar Trek Into Darkness, will executive-produce the show, along with Heather Kadin.

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"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 CBS Television Studios President David Stapf said in a statement. "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."

All previous episodes of the original Star Trek series (as well as other current and archived CBS shows) are already available on All Access.

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