New Series Titled “Star Trek: Discovery”

“Hannibal” and “Pushing Daisies” showrunner Bryan Fuller hosted today’s “Star Trek” 50th anniversary panel in Hall H at Comic-Con where he teased a bit about the upcoming new “Star Trek” TV series which he is producing for CBS All Access.

The official title has been revealed as “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows the USS Discovery (NCC-1031), the name of the ship on Captain Cook’s Third Voyage. The design is very much like the unused Ralph McQuarrie Enterprise design from “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” which boasted a much smaller saucer and big, triangular engineering section. Check out the CG flyby test scene below.

Having gotten his career’s start penning two key episodes of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” one of the first TV series to have a highly serialised multi-season arc, it comes as little surprise that Fuller confirms the new batch of episodes will also be much more serialised than previous shows which have generally been stand alone episodes:

“It’s not going to be episodic. We’re going to be telling stories like a novel… Because it’s on CBS All Access, you’re not going to miss anything, because it’s right there at your fingertips.”

Fuller did get a chance to ask William Shatner if he could undo Captain Kirk’s death, would he tell continuing stories with the character? “Hell yes” responded Shatner.

The new “Star Trek” series is confirmed to be premiering in January in the U.S. on CBS before the second and subsequent series move to the CBS All Access streaming service. The rest of the world will get the series fast tracked to it by Netflix.