CBS announced today that Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on Sunday, September 24th at 8:30pm ET/PT (7:30 CT) on CBS. The first episode of Discovery will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network in the U.S. The series premiere will also be available on-demand on CBS All Access and the second episode of the series will be available on the service that same night immediately following the broadcast premiere.
CBS announced the news in an official tweet:
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) June 19, 2017
In Canada Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on Bell Media’s CTV and the Space Channel on the same night and time as CBS in the U.S. (Sunday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. CT). The second episode will follow immediately afterwards, only on Space. Episodes will also be available on the fairly new Space GO app, as well as Space.ca and participating On Demand channels. Discovery will also stream in Canada on CraveTV, Bell’s streaming service, with full scheduling details to be released in the coming weeks.
Netflix will launch Star Trek: Discovery on Monday, September 25 to countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.
Netflix also had their own animated announcement.
— Star Trek: Discovery (@StarTrekNetflix) June 19, 2017
Season 1 to be split
The first eight episodes of Discovery’s 15-episode first season will be available on CBS All Access (and Space in Canada) every Sunday between September 24th and November 5th, and on Mondays between September 25th and November 6th on Netflix outside the U.S. and Canada. The season will then resume on CBS All Access, Space and Netflix beginning in January 2018.
Note that, as the broadcast premiere on CBS falls on a Sunday, Discovery could be pushed back slightly due to NFL coverage. Viewers are advised to set their DVRs to record a few hours after Discovery’s premiere is set to finish at 9:30pm to ensure that you record the entire episode.
Updated show description focuses on one Starfleet officer’s journey
CBS has updated their official description of the show:
Star Trek: Discovery will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series will feature a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers.
The “one Starfleet officer” referred to in the blurb is presumably Michael Burnham, played by Sonequa Martin-Green, reiterating that even though she isn’t the captain, she still is the lead character.
New poster and closer look at Discovery
Along with the announcement comes a new poster for Star Trek: Discovery.
As we noted before, the U.S.S. Discovery was not seen in the Star Trek: Discovery trailer released last month. But there is a version of the ship on the new poster. This may not be the final design, but here’s a closer look at it.
UPDATE: report from CBS News
Here is a short report on the announcement from CBS news.
Keep up with all the Star Trek: Discovery news at TrekMovie.