E4 Takes Linear Broadcast Rights To ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

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15 Oct 19

E4 Takes Linear Broadcast Rights To ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

Some good news for those ‘Star Trek’ fans without Netflix. E4 has picked up the “linear broadcast premiere” rights to Star Trek: Discovery. The continuing series will still premiere first on Netflix in the UK.

The show follows Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham, a wayward Starfleet Officer who finds herself on the USS Discovery as she learns that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. This is where writing descriptions for the series becomes a little tricky without giving away some major spoiler what happens in those opening few episodes! I will say, in the great tradition of the original ‘Star Trek’, there are new planets, new civilizations, and lots of boldly going where no one has gone before!

Alongside ‘The Walking Dead’s’ Sonequa Martin-Green, the series stars Jason Isaacs (‘Harry Potter’, ‘The OA’) as Captain Lorca, Doug Jones (‘Hellboy’, ‘The Shape of Water’, ‘Falling Skies’) as First officer Saru, Mary Wiseman (‘Longmire’, ‘Baskets’) as cadet Sylvia Tilly, Anthony Rapp (‘The Good Fight’, ’13 Reasons Why’) as Chief engineer Paul Stamets, Wilson Cruz (’13 Reasons Why’) as Medical officer Hugh Culber, and Michelle Yeoh (‘Crazy Rich Asians’) as Captain Philippa Georgiou.

This news comes hot on the heels of the announcement that E4 had also picked up Matt LeBlanc sitcom ‘Man With A Plan’.

“We’re excited to bring the linear television rights for Star Trek: Discovery to the international market and launch in the UK with our valued friends at Channel 4,” commented Barry Chamberlain, President of Sales, CBS Studios International. “This agreement features the best of both worlds – premium subscription content from a global franchise and a very popular network comedy from America’s Most-Watched Network. Channel 4 is already a licensee for several of our top-rated franchises, including The Good Fight and Charmed, and we are confident they will have continued success with Star Trek: Discovery and Man With A Plan.”

E4 hasn’t yet said when they will premiere Season 1 of Star Trek: Discovery, but we’ll let you know when we hear more. Seasons 1 and 2 can also be found on Netflix UK, with Season 3 expected to come to the streaming service in 2020.