Star Trek: Discovery will boldly go where several shows within the franchise have gone before: network television.
To get folks pumped up for the show’s upcoming third season on CBS All Access this October, ViacomCBS will air Season One of Star Trek: Discovery three weeks earlier on CBS. Not on the CBS All Access streaming service, mind you, but on CBS the network.
The first season of the hit show starring Sonequa Martin-Green will debut on the network on Thursday, Sept. 24, so those who don't have All Access can get all caught up. Then, once they become hooked, they can watch the third season when it launches exclusively on CBS All Access on Oct. 15.
But adding Star Trek: Discovery to the network's fall lineup of shows is not just being done to promote its third season return on CBS All Access. The network is also doing this to reorganize its fall schedule because many of its regular scripted shows won't be ready to air new episodes until November. (Other shows such as Manhunt: Deadly Games and One Day at a Time will also be debuting on the network in the fall.)
“This is hardly a traditional fall season, but we are prepared with a strong slate of original content while our regular scripted series begin production,” said Kelly Kahl, President of CBS Entertainment, in a statement. “Based on our current timeline, we hope to start rolling out our previously announced fall series as they become available in November.”
The first full season of Star Trek: Discovery gets beamed up to CBS starting Thursday, Sept. 24, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Next, if you're in the mood for a video game-based throwback, then keep an eye out for the feature film, Max Cloud.
Deadline reports that the movie has found a North American distributor in Well Go USA Entertainment Group, and will be coming to video on demand in December.
The upcoming sci-fi comedy revolves around Sarah (Isabelle Allen, Les Miserables), a teenage gamer who finds herself living in a virtual world filled with her favorite game's most infamous bad guys, forcing her to join forces with the titular space hero Max Cloud (Scott Adkins, Doctor Strange), so she can take down the evil boss Shee (Lashana Lynch, Captain Marvel, No Time to Die), and finally escape back to the real world.
Martin Owen (Let's Be Evil, Killers' Anonymous) directed the film, which was written by Owen and Sally Collett (Killers' Anonymous). John Hannah (Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Mummy) also stars, as well as Tommy Flanagan (Westworld), Franz Drameh (The Flash, DC's Legends of Tomorrow), Elliot Langridge, Sam Hazeldine, and Andi Osho (Shazam!).
Max Cloud will download onto VOD in December.
Last, but certainly not least, HBO Max's Infinity Train is in danger of being canceled after this latest season, aka "Book 3," especially if the animated series doesn't get more viewers by the end of its run on HBO Max, where it's currently been streaming. The situation is made especially dire by the fact that most of the show's production team have already finished up their contracts and have since had to move on to other projects.
"The show is at risk of not being renewed," confirmed creator Owen Dennis (Regular Show) in an interview with io9. "Almost all of the staff who made the show what it is are gone. It’s really unfortunate because we built such an amazing team of people and my heart aches thinking about not being able to work with them again."
He goes on to add, "[T]he way to get this stuff made is to show that adults, teens, and kids all watch it, and they all watch it on HBO Max. They’ve got like a billion points of data they’re measuring — so if you’re watching it, they know... This show was made because of the massive fan reaction to the pilot, and fans are what will help make more happen in the future."
The series first got its green light following an incredibly popular short Dennis had made for CartoonNetwork, introducing viewers to Tulip, the first season's protagonist, and the seemingly unending train itself, where all sorts of fantastical worlds exist within each train car. Based on that, the studio ordered 20 episodes, which comprised the show's first two seasons, Book 1 and Book 2.
But according to Dennis, even getting this third season made was a bit tricky, especially with the show's format, which sees it change protagonists each new season. There was also the matter of this season's story being a bit of a tough sell, as it tells the story of the Apex, a cult-ish group looking to destroy the train however possible, while also exploring themes brought up in the previous season. (It also features an ape with tubas on its back!)
Of course, as Dennis states, one way to prove that the show's anthological style works is if this recent season manages to bring in a good-sized viewership, which would prove that not only are fans following along with the show's darker and more ambitious themes, but that the show isn't just aimed at kids, that it's meant for teens and adults as well.
"We’ve pitched other seasons of the show, but there’s trepidation over the subject matter, the age of the characters, and being afraid that kids won’t watch it or relate to it because of that. These are understandable fears to have when there is no data to back up the idea of 'older kids, teens, and adults watch this show.' Show them the data and I’m sure they’d be happy to make more," says Dennis.
If Infinity Train does manage to snag an episode order for future books, Dennis says that there's more written. It's all just dependent on a greenlight.
"We have rough ideas for themes and which characters we’d like to follow for five more seasons, up to season eight. Feels like 8 is a good place to stop because it looks like an infinity symbol."
Infinity Train can be streamed on HBO Max.