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“Star Trek: Discovery” characters L’Rell (Mary Chieffo) and T’Kuvma (Chris Obi). Photo: CBS

“Star Trek: Discovery” premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday evening on CBS, with all subsequent episodes streaming on CBS All Access, the network’s digital subscription video-on-demand and live-streaming service.

CBS All Access West Coast subscribers will have the opportunity to watch the premiere simultaneously to its East Coast broadcast premiere, which is expected to be around 8:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, depending on how long CBS’ afternoon NFL coverage runs into prime time.

The second episode will be available on the service immediately following the broadcast premiere.

“After Trek,” a live companion after-show, will begin streaming at 8 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time with cast members Sonequa Martin-Green and James Frain and executive producer Aaron Harberts.

The third through eighth “Star Trek: Discovery” episodes will be streamed Sundays, from Oct. 1 though Nov. 5, with the new “After Trek,” episodes streamed at 6:30 p.m.

The 15-episode first season of “Star Trek: Discovery” will be divided into two chapters. The second chapter of seven episodes will begin streaming in January.

What would become “Star Trek: Discovery” was initially announced on Nov. 2, 2015 with a premiere set for January 2017.

Executive producer Alex Kurtzman said initial discussions among producers focused on bringing “something new to `Trek’ that both fans and people who’d never seen the show before could experience.”

Being on a pay service motivated producers to create a series that would “be huge” in terms of scope, story and emotion and character, Kurtzman said last month during CBS’ portion of the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour.

“We spent a lot of time talking about how to build this world,” Kurtzman said. “It became clearer and clearer that the world was massive and that an air date was looming that was going to compromise the quality of the show.”

Kurtzman and fellow producers then met with CBS Corp. Chairman and CEO Les Moonves, who agreed to a delay, which allowed for construction of “sets that felt immersive and real” and design of elaborate costumes, Kurtzman said.

Executive producer Akiva Goldsman called “Star Trek: Discovery” “by far the most serialized version of `Star Trek’ that has ever existed, and as such, it’s long-form character storytelling.”

“Star Trek: Discovery” is the first entry from the “Star Trek” franchise not to make a starship captain the protagonist. It stars Martin-Green as the first officer of the USS Shenzhou, who was raised as a Vulcan by Sarek (Frain), the father of Spock.

Her time on Vulcan causes her to make several choices in our first episode, choices that will really have aftershocks throughout the entire series,” Harberts said.

“Star Trek: Discovery” is set 10 years before the events depicted in the original series. It features a new ship and new characters but will also include at least a second character from the original series, the outlaw con man Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson), the subject of two episodes of the original series.

–City News Service

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