Today the September and October 2020 premiere dates for the CBS Television Network were announced, and one surprise was the inclusion of the first season of Star Trek: Discovery, which will make its broadcast debut in the USA.
Disco over the air
The first season of Star Trek: Discovery will air on Thursdays on CBS at 10:00 PM ET/PT, starting with episode one (“The Vulcan Hello”) on Thursday, Sept. 24. Technically, this won’t be the first time this episode aired on CBS: Also on September 24, but back in 2017, CBS broadcast “The Vulcan Hello” as a way to promote the CBS All Access Original. The second part of the series premiere (“The Battle of the Binary Stars”) was made available the same night exclusively on the All Access subscription service.
All fifteen episodes of Discovery season one will be broadcast. If there are no breaks, then the finale (“Will You Take My Hand?”) would be broadcast on Thursday, December 31st, 2020.
You can see Discovery listed in this promotional tweet from CBS.
— CBS (@CBS) August 26, 2020
They’re describing the inclusion of Discovery on the broadcast schedule as a “special limited promotional run prior to its third season return on CBS All Access.” Season three of Discovery arrives on All Access on Thursday, October 15th, one week after the season one finale of Star Trek: Lower Decks. In addition to promoting the All Access streaming service, Discovery also helps CBS fill out its broadcast schedule in an era in which the pandemic is hampering the production of new content.
“This is hardly a traditional fall season, but we are prepared with a strong slate of original content while our regular scripted series begin production,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. “Based on our current timeline, we hope to start rolling out our previously announced fall series as they become available in November.”
Co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman shared the news on Twitter:
Black Alert! #StarTrek beams to broadcast for a limited time, with a special presentation of the first season of @CBSAllAccess’ #StarTrekDiscovery, coming to @CBS Network beginning September 24 at 10/9c. pic.twitter.com/NsNFCUUmpH
— Alex Kurtzman (@Alex_Kurtzman) August 26, 2020
ICYMI: 2017 Trailer for season one
Here is the trailer released at Comic-Con 2017 for season one of Star Trek: Discovery.
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