The new Star Trek CBS All Access series has its first director: David Semel.
Semel will be executive producing the pilot episode as well, set for a January 2017 premiere on the CBS Broadcast Network. Subsequent episodes will be streamed via CBS’ premium service, All Access. A source close to the production tells us that he will arrive in Toronto next week.
Semel doesn’t have any Trek-specific credentials, but he’s an Emmy-nominated director and has a history of doing single episodes of successful series. His work on the pilot of Heroes in 2006 got him his first directorial Emmy nomination, so he knows what it’s like to work with visual effects and high-concept storylines.
He directed the pilots for Person of Interest, The Man in the High Castle, Legends, and Code Black, as well as multiple episodes of ensemble shows American Dreams, Dawson’s Creek, and Beverly Hills, 90210. Semel brings a lot to the table, as well as familiarity: He also helmed an episode of Hannibal, created by Bryan Fuller.
Semel has an overall deal at CBS, and directed the pilots for three other shows airing this fall. He’s definitely on a winning streak.