Are Nudity And Swearing Coming To Star Trek: Discovery?

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Much has happened since we first told you about Star Trek: Discovery four months ago. Back in the summer, we got a closer look at the ship, learned that the star is not a captain, and discovered that the series takes place before the adventures of Kirk and Spock. However, the real shake-up came last month when showrunner Bryan Fuller left the series. Needless to say, bringing Star Trek back to television is no easy task, resulting in some unanticipated hiccups.

Speaking to Recode Media last week, CBS Interactive CEO Jim Lanzone explained that just getting Star Trek: Discovery off the ground required some unconventional thinking. For the series to succeed in the United States, CBS felt that it needed to bypass broadcast TV—though the pilot will premiere on CBS—instead using the series to build awareness of the CBS All-Access streaming service.


So why couldn’t Star Trek: Discovery air on network TV? According to Lanzone, the audience for science fiction TV isn’t big enough. “Sci-fi is not something that has traditionally done really well on broadcast,” he said. “It’s not impossible, for the future, if somebody figures it out. And things like Lost and Heroes have had parts of sci-fi, but historically, a show like Star Trek wouldn’t necessarily be a broadcast show, at this point. So, you kind-of look at the other networks we might have, The CW and Showtime, it just fit the digital audience. And it’s something unique for All-Access that would bring subscribers.”

Since this series is airing on a digital platform, Lanzone says there’s a chance we’ll see nudity and swearing, but don’t be surprised if Star Trek fans resist. In any case, Canadians will get a chance to enjoy Star Trek: Discovery on broadcast and streaming platforms when it premieres in May on Space. In the meantime, be sure to check out the USS Discovery below.