03/11/2015 3:33 AM AEDT | Updated 03/11/2015 8:28 AM AEDT

New 'Star Trek' TV Series In The Works For 2017

The show "will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations."

"Star Trek" is returning to TV in January 2017 -- but you'll only be able to catch it if you subscribe to CBS' digital streaming service, CBS All Access. 

The network will air a special preview of the show on CBS, with the premiere and all other full episodes airing on the streaming service, the network said in a press release on Monday.

The original "Star Trek" series, starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy, ran from 1966 to 1969 and was followed by four spinoff shows ("The Next Generation," "Deep Space Nine," "Voyager" and "Enterprise") and 12 feature films, with two more in the works. 

According to CBS, the new series is not related to the upcoming film "Star Trek: Beyond," which is scheduled for a summer 2016 release, but it will "introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966."

The show will be produced by Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced 2009's "Star Trek," and 2013's "Star Trek Into Darkness."

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