Reviews about CBS' decision to broadcast the series on TV are generally negative, with some claiming that turning a sci-fi like "Star Trek" into a traditional TV show would be a risky move for CBS. Same reviews claim that in order for the network to retain "Star Trek" fans, the creators of the show have to come up with interesting twists.
In a statement, CBS Interactive CEO Jim Lanzone recently said, "Sci-fi is not something that has traditionally done really well on broadcast. It's not impossible, for the future, if somebody figures it out."
"And things like 'Lost' and 'Heroes' have had parts of sci-fi, but historically a show like 'Star Trek' wouldn't necessarily be a broadcast show, at this point," he added.
"Star Trek Discovery" is set a decade before the original Enterprise mission of Kirk. A lead character will not be a male but a female lieutenant commander. Fuller also confirmed that the show will feature a gay character.
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The series will first premiere on CBS before it moves to CBS All Access.
It was initially slated for a January 2017 premiere but due to the unavailability of its creators, the release date was moved to May 2017.