Now streaming… the final frontier.
Set phasers to stun, Trekkies. "Star Trek" is returning to television — sort of. CBS revealed on Monday that a new installment of the popular science fiction franchise would appear in 2017.
There's a catch, however. The new series will be available exclusively on CBS All Access, the network's digital subscription video and live streaming service. The service costs $5.99 per month.
The iteration will introduce new characters "seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966," according to a release from the company.
"There is no better time to give 'Star Trek' fans a new series than on the heels of the original show's 50th anniversary celebration," David Stapf, president of CBS Television Studios, said in the statement. "Everyone here has great respect for this storied 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."
Kurtzman, co-writer and executive producer of "Star Trek" and "Star Trek Into Darkness," will act as an executive producer on the show. The series, however, will not be related to the multi-million dollar film franchise produced by Viacom's Paramount Pictures, which is slated release its third film "Star Trek Beyond" in 2016.
Gene Roddenberry's original series debuted 49 years ago and has sparked five television series and a dozen films. Altogether, the films have grossed more than $2.04 billion in domestic box offices, when accounting for inflation.
Social media users on Twitter responded positively to the news, for the most part.
However, there were a few users who expressed skepticism about CBS' streaming platform.