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CBS beams up Star Trek refresh

The original Star Trek debuted in 1966

The original Star Trek debuted in 1966

US network CBS will launch a new Star Trek series in 2017 as the popular sci-fi franchise nears its 50th anniversary.

CBS will “introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilisations,” according to its website.

The new show will begin with a preview broadcast on CBS Television Network before rolling out on CBS All Access, the network’s SVoD and live streaming service.

Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced the films Star Trek (2009) and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) will be exec producer for the series.

“Everyone here has great respect for this franchise and we’re excited to launch its next television chapter in the creative mind and skilled hands of Alex Kurtzman, someone who knows this world and its audience intimately,” said David Stapf, president of producer CBS TV Studios.

It is expected the show will be distributed around the world by CBS Studios International.

The original Star Trek series ran for three seasons between 1966 and 1969 on NBC in the US and spawned more than a dozen feature films and spin-off series. The franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary next year.

The new series is not related to the forthcoming film Star Trek Beyond, to be released in summer 2016.

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