CBS will return television viewers to the final frontier for the first time in 11 years when Star Trek debuts on CBS All Access in January. That we know, but what don’t we know? A lot. Very little of the show’s setting and story have been revealed, aside from the fact that it’s not part of reboot film series kicked off in 2009 by JJ Abrams and now directed by Justin Lin. The assumption, however, is that it is set within the same continuity as the original Star Trek (and The Next Generation era of shows), an assumption CBS appears to have confirmed today during its upfront presentation at Carnegie Hall in New York, when it unveiled the new series’ logo and debuted the content-free but very evocative first teaser. Watch it above.
There’s nothing much to the teaser, of course, just images of deep space phenomena that suggest a return to the exploration and discovery themes that underpinned the original series 1960s and much of The Next Generation. But two things do stand out: 1) the emphasis — heavy emphasis — on Alexander Courage’s iconic Star Trek theme and 2) that the new logo’s font is unmistakably modeled after the original series logo. See for yourself below.
It sure looks as though the series will be going boldly where Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew have gone before, which fits with the Trek A-team CBS has assembled to bring this show to life. Longtime Trek TV veteran Brian Fuller is serving as showrunner; Nicholas Meyer, director of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, is on board as a writer; and Rod Roddenberry, son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, is an executive producer. If you want to capture the spirit of the original show (or at least the best of its films and spinoffs), this would be the group to pull it off.
The premiere episode of the new Star Trek series will air on both CBS All Access and CBS, with all subsequent first-run episodes available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access.