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A new 'Star Trek' series is coming in a little over a year's time, it has been confirmed.

The forthcoming season will premiere in January 2017 as CBS' first-ever original series.

After the initial episode, subsequent episodes will only be available on CBS Access, CBS' streaming service.

The show – originally created by Gene Roddenberry – will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Producer Alex Kurtzman (who co-wrote the 2009 and 2013 'Star Trek' films) is attached to the new series.

He and Heather Kadin will act as executive producers, but as yet, no writer has been announced.

"The new series will premiere to the national CBS audience, then boldly go where no first-run 'Star Trek' series has gone before – directly to its millions of fans through CBS All Access," said Marc DeBevoise, executive VP at CBS Digital Media.

"We've experienced terrific growth for CBS All Access, expanding the service across affiliates and devices in a very short time," he went on.

"We now have an incredible opportunity to accelerate this growth with the iconic 'Star Trek', and its devoted and passionate fan base, as our first original series."

The new series will introduce new characters, new worlds and new civilisations.

It will come to TV networks and "multiple platforms" around the world, CBS confirmed, though there's no word yet on who'll nab the UK rights.

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