'Star Trek: Discovery' Premiere Delayed by 5 Months, 'Good Wife' Creators Back for Spinoff
By Philiana Ng
You win some, you lose some.
Star Trek fans counting down the days to the premiere of the anticipated new series, Discovery, are going to have to wait even longer. Originally slated for a January launch on CBS and its digital streaming service, CBS All Access, the debut of the 13-episode series has been pushed to May.
The reasoning for the five-month premiere delay, according to CBS, was to give the creative team -- led by executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller -- “appropriate time” to deliver “the highest quality, premium edition” of the new Star Trek series.
“Before heading into production, we evaluated these realities with our partners at CBS and they agreed: Star Trek deserves the very best, and these extra few months will help us achieve a vision we can all be proud of,” Kurtzman and Fuller said in a joint statement.
Because of Discovery’s later premiere date, CBS has moved up the launch of The Good Wife spinoff, starring Christine Baranski and Cush Jumbo, from May to February. Like Discovery, the spinoff will first air on CBS before continuing on CBS All Access.
Set one year after the events of The Good Wife finale, the spinoff also marks the return of creators Robert and Michelle King, who will serve as showrunners.
In August, Fuller revealed that Discovery would focus on a female protagonist, with the intent to cast a diverse actress to file the role. He hinted at the premise for the show, which has been shrouded in mystery.
“There’s an incident, an event in Star Trek history and in the history of Starfleet that had been talked about but had never really been explored,” Fuller teased.