Watch out, Netflix, the most-anticipated streaming series of fall may be CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery,” the first “Star Trek” TV series since “Star Trek: Enterprise” ended in 2005.
“Discovery” premieres on the streaming site CBS All Access and the CBS TV network at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, with a second episode available on CBS All Access that night following the premiere. Subsequent episodes will debut Sundays exclusively to CBS All Access subscribers, with the first batch of episodes releasing weekly through Nov. 5 and the balance of the season rolling out beginning in January. (CBS All Access plans begin at $5.99 per month.)
Set 10 years before the original 1960s “Star Trek” during a war between the Federation and the Klingon Empire, “Discovery” features some characters familiar to fans. Those include Sarek (James Frain), Spock’s father, who is a foster father to the show’s lead character, Federation first officer Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green, “The Walking Dead”).
“The relationship between Michael and Sarek plays a huge part, not only in her backstory but in where she was raised and what she brings to every ship she serves on,” says “Discovery” executive producer Aaron Harberts. “Her time on Vulcan causes her to make several choices in our first episode, choices that will really have aftershocks throughout the entire series.”
Producers pitch “Discovery” as the most serialized “Trek” yet. It also looks like it will be more cinematic in scope and darker, keeping with the current trend in premium cable content.
“This is an epically grand yet microscopically tuned, deeply emotional story and we don’t take it for granted,” Martin-Green says.
In addition to the second season of “Stranger Things” (Oct. 27), Netflix takes a page from two of its most successful past series.
On the comedic side, “American Vandal” (Sept. 15) spoofs true crime juggernaut “Making a Murderer.” A half-hour satire, mock documentary “American Vandal” traces what happens when 27 faculty cars at a high school are vandalized with phallic images.
Did a troubled senior get expelled unfairly?
Director David Fincher, who gave Netflix its first original hit series with “House of Cards,” returns with “Mindhunter” (Oct. 13), a 1970s-set thriller about an FBI profiler (Jonathan Groff, “Looking”) hunting down killers.
Unlike many streamers, Crackle is free (but ad-supported) and aims at young guys.
“For us that engaged audience (is) viewers that really lean into content and tend to use the game consoles as their device of choice” to access streaming programming, says Crackle general manager Eric Berger.
A new season of the drama “Snatch” returns in 2018. For this fall, Crackle gets haunted with a new special, “SuperMansion: Drag Me to Halloween” (Oct. 5), featuring the characters from the Crackle animated series experiencing the autumn holiday, whether they like it or not. Titanium Rex (voiced by Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad”) doesn’t like it.
The 10-episode second season of the drama “StartUp” (Sept. 28), about partners in a tech company, follows the team as they launch a darknet prototype, ArakNet. Actors Adam Brody (“The O.C.”), Martin Freeman (“Fargo”) and Edi Gathegi (“The Blacklist”) return with Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy”) joining the cast as a wealthy businessman.
“We’re not just talking about the darknet selling drugs and guns and human beings,” showrunner Ben Ketai says. “They’re actually looking to do it beyond the realm of things that are nefarious. It gives them an opportunity to start fresh and to really kind of explore their talents beyond what we were able to see in the first season.”
Dates aren’t set for all of Amazon’s fall programming, but we know “One Mississippi” (Sept. 8), “Transparent” (Sept. 22), “Mozart in the Jungle” and “Red Oaks” will be back, joined by several new series, including:
▪ “Tin Star”: A British detective (Tim Roth) moves his family to a small town for a better life but instead encounters deceit and murder.
▪ “Lore”: Based on a podcast of the same name, this unscripted horror anthology explores the origins of vampires, ghosts and zombies, oh my!
▪ “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”: From the creator of “Gilmore Girls,” this one-hour series follows Miriam Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) in 1958 New York City as she loses her husband and gains confidence as a comic.
▪ “Jean-Claude Van Johnson”: Half-hour comedy starring Jean-Claude Van Damme as a retired undercover operative who gets lured back into the game.
“The Mindy Project” (Sept. 12) rolls out its final season and series star and executive producer Mindy Kaling says she’ll spread the story wealth among the characters.
“I like, in the final season of a show, where you feel that all of the series regulars … have an episode and the storyline that is dedicated to their character,” she says.
Comedian Sarah Silverman breaks bread with her political opposites in docuseries “I Love You, America” (Oct. 12).
Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”) stars in the “Last Starfighter”-like “Future Man” (Nov. 14), a half-hour comedy about a janitor/gamer recruited by visitors from the future to save humanity.
Adapted from a comic book, “Marvel’s Runaways” (Nov. 21) pits six teens against their evil parents.
Other returning Hulu series include “Chance” (Oct. 11), “Freakish” (Oct. 18), “East Los High” (Dec. 1) and “Shut Eye” (Dec. 6).
In November, subscription service YouTube Red debuts a scripted series based on the “Step Up” movie franchise. “Step Up: High Water” stars Ne-Yo, Naya Rivera (“Glee”) and Faizon Love.
Prior to that, YouTube Red debuts the comedy “Ryan Hansen Solves Crime on Television” (Oct. 18) featuring the “Veronica Mars” actor playing a version of himself who solves crime alongside a Los Angeles police detective (Samira Wiley).
Hansen says there’s more freedom on YouTube.
“On the typical networks and stuff, there’s a lot of people saying what you can and can’t do,” he says. “So in this we get to do a lot of crazy things, like different formats, a lot of weird jokes, making fun of our own network, and all that stuff.”
A new streamer, this free (and likely to be ad-supported) Warner Bros. digital network will launch in October on YouTube, Facebook and Stage13.com. It will feature multicultural voices in scripted and unscripted short-form series, including “Lipstick Empire” (docuseries about the founders of Melt Cosmetics) and “I Love Bekka & Lucy” (scripted show about best friends, one of whom gets engaged).
Prior to its run on PBS TV stations, a new season of “Doc Martin” comes to America sometime in October via subscription streamer Acorn.tv.
Australian legal drama “Newton’s Law” (Sept. 11) debuts and will be joined by “The Governor” (Sept. 1), a 1995-96 British drama from the creator of “Prime Suspect” starring Janet McTeer as the first woman put in charge of a maximum security prison following a riot. The series features Idris Elba (“Luther”) in one of his earliest roles.
Launched earlier this year, streaming service Walter Presents ($6.99 per month) features foreign drama series curated by Walter Iuzzolino, an Italian who was once a programmer for the BBC.
Other series on Walter Presents include Danish thriller “Norskov,” German defense attorney drama “Shades of Guilt” (season two debuts Sept. 21) and “Cover Story,” described as Belgium’s version of “House.” The first season of French crime drama “Vanished by the Lake” debuts Sept. 14.