We Finally Know When ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Will Air — And Why It Was Delayed Almost A Year

It’s been a long road, getting from Star Trek: Discovery’s first announcement to its actual airdate. Initially, Discovery was slated to air on CBS in January 2017, with subsequent episodes streaming on CBS All-Access. Then came delay after delay, as Discovery was pushed back to May 2017, then warped right into limbo, with a giant question mark hovering over its potential air date. With rumors of a troubled production (that contributed to ex-showrunner Bryan Fuller leaving), some lost hope that Discovery would ever make it out of space dock to boldly return to our TV screens.

But its time is finally near — CBS have officially announced that we can expect Star Trek: Discovery’s arrival on September 24th (yes, 2017).

Borrowing heavily from the movie posters for Star Trek: Beyond (tiny ship? check; gleaming warp trail? check), this announcement nonetheless sees thousands of fans’ dreams come alive as we all hurriedly jot down that date in our logs.

So Why The Delay?

This was not the only news to be revealed about Star Trek: Discoverythis week. New showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg (who graduated from Fuller-run projects like Pushing Daisies) have beamed in to the EW offices to clear up some miscommunications about Discovery’s production. And according to them, the show was not held down by anything more than a dedication to world building and traditional production methods.

Harberts: “There’s is so much artistry and custom craftsmanship that go into every prop, every costume, every set. These things have to be designed and manufactured. … Several items on our uniforms are 3D printed. Some of our sets can take over six weeks to make. CBS has given us the time and the money to make something the fans will find worthwhile.”

Berg: “You can’t cut corners or have 95 percent of what’s on screen be completely original and inspired and then have five percent something you bought at a store. It has to be cohesive — and it is. I’m so proud of what’s on screen, it’s so beautiful and it’s taking world-building to a whole new level.”

Star Trek: Discovery’s first trailer unveiled a rich, detail-focused production that is as dedicated to incorporating old tech as it was to creating an aesthetic that still seems futuristic to modern viewers. And I don’t know about you, but I’m geeking out that parts of the Discovery sets and costumes were created by a 3D printer — a device directly inspired by ‘s replicators.

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