Rejoice Star Trek fans!
After multiple delays, Star Trek: Discovery not only has commenced filming, but it officially has a premiere date as well.
According to Entertainment Weekly, CBS announced this morning that the long-awaited Star Trek reboot will air the premiere episode of the first season back to back this coming September 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET, following the nationally televised NFL broadcast.
Sing it with me: "Are you ready for some Star Trek?"
The new Star Trek series is CBS' second show to anchor their streaming service, CBS: All Access.
Concurrent with the premiere over the airwaves, CBS All Access will release both the first and second episodes for streaming. (This way, if the premiere has a major cliff hanger, we can all switch over the CBS All Access when it finishes and gets another installment right away.)
Unlike Netflix, the show will not be released in binge format. Post-premiere, the 15 episode season will be split into two halves, with the opening eight episodes arriving on Sunday nights through the beginning of November. (November 8th to be exact.)
The second half of the season won't begin releasing episodes until January, giving the series the traditional "winter break" hiatus that we would expect from a regular network show.
Star Trek: Discovery is the first small screen version of the franchise since Star Trek: Enterprise, which went off the air in 2005, over ten years ago.
Like Enterprise, it is set in the early future, 10 years prior to the original 1966 Star Trek series, which began in the year 2265. (This date was established as canon during Star Trek: Voyager).
The new series, which is the most diverse to date for the franchise, stars Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) as First Officer Michael Burnham, and Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) as Captain Philippa Georgiou.
Mark your calendars everyone: September 24, 2017, 8:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. CT). Let's all hope that the NFL matchup that night doesn't go into overtime.