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CBS Delaying 'Star Trek' TV Re-Launch Premiere Until May

14 Sep, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel

New episodes of 'The Good Wife' spinoff moved to February

Subscription streaming service CBS All Access Sept. 14 announced the highly-anticipated TV debut of “Star Trek: Discovery” has been pushed back to May 2017. In addition, a spinoff of “The Good Wife” has been slated for February — the original premiere month for “Discovery.”

CBS attributed the delay to giving the creative team behind the first new “Star Trek” series in 10 years more time to finish the project.

“Bringing ‘Star Trek’ back to television carries a responsibility and mission: to connect fans and newcomers alike to the series that has fed our imaginations since childhood,” executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller said in a statement. “We aim to dream big and deliver, and that means making sure the demands of physical and post-production for a show that takes place entirely in space, and the need to meet an airdate, 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.”

Indeed, CBS is marketing “Star Trek: Discovery” as the first major original programming for All Access. Following its May premiere, all episodes will be available in the U.S. exclusively on All Access. Each episode will be available globally within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere — presented on Netflix in 188 countries and through Bell Media platforms in Canada.

The “Good Wife” spinoff will premiere with a special broadcast on CBS, and then move exclusively to All Access. As previously announced, the new series will pick up one year after the events of the final episode of “The Good Wife.”

The new series will star Emmy winner Christine Baranski, who will reprise her role as Diane Lockhart, joined by Cush Jumbo as Lucca Quinn, along with the introduction of new characters as the story evolves.

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