Space and CraveTV announced today the much-anticipated STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS are set to launch this month beginning Thursday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET on Space and streaming on CraveTV the following day, Friday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. ET. Featuring new characters and familiar faces from STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and the expanding STAR TREK universe, the four original stand-alone short stories are set to launch during the Space’s nationwide freeview, with subsequent installments rolling out on a monthly basis – airing November 8, December 6, and January 3 on Space. Each short is available to stream on CraveTV following their broadcast premiere. Click here to view the trailer for STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS.
For the first time ever, all four installments will also be available on SnackableTV, Bell Media’s short-form video app, following their launch on Space and CraveTV.
“STAR TREK fans in Canada can continue to count on Space, Crave, and now SnackableTV to deliver these new and exciting stories,” said Mike Cosentino, President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. “The monthly rollout will bridge us into the much anticipated new season of STAR TREK DISCOVERY.”
STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS airs as a companion series to STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, the most-watched series in Canadian entertainment specialty history, which returns to Space and CraveTV in early 2019. Each short in the STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS series runs approximately 10-15 minutes and provides fans the opportunity to examine central themes and characters from STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and the vast STAR TREK universe.
Each story focuses on a key character, including familiar faces from STAR TREK: DISCOVERY – Tilly (Mary Wiseman); Saru (Doug Jones); and Harry Mudd, in a short starring and directed by Rainn Wilson – and the new character Craft, played by Aldis Hodge (UNDERGROUND).
STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS are set to roll out as follows:
“Runaway” (premieres Thursday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET on Space and streams Friday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. ET on CraveTV)
Onboard the U.S.S. Discovery, Ensign Tilly encounters an unexpected visitor in need of help. However, this unlikely pair may have more in common than meets the eye. Written by Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman. Directed by Maja Vrvilo.
“Calypso” (premieres Thursday, Nov. 8 at 9 p.m. ET on Space and streams Friday, Nov. 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CraveTV)
After waking up in an unfamiliar sickbay, Craft finds himself on board a deserted ship, and his only companion and hope for survival is an A.I. computer interface. Teleplay by Michael Chabon. Story by Sean Cochran and Michael Chabon. Directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi.
“The Brightest Star” (premieres Thursday, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. ET on Space and streams Friday, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. ET on CraveTV)
Before he was the first Kelpien to join Starfleet, Saru lived a simple life on his home planet of Kaminar with his father and sister. Young Saru, full of ingenuity and a level of curiosity uncommon among his people, yearns to find out what lies beyond his village, leading him on an unexpected path. Written by Bo Yeon Kim & Erika Lippoldt. Directed by Douglas Aarniokoski.
“The Escape Artist” (premieres Thursday, Jan. 3 at 9 p.m. ET on Space and streams Friday, Jan. 4 on at 9 p.m. ET on CraveTV)
Harry Mudd, back to his old tricks of stealing and double-dealing, finds himself in a precarious position aboard a hostile ship – just in time to try out his latest con. Written by Mike McMahan. Directed by Rainn Wilson.
Viewers can catch STAR TREK: SHORT TREKS on demand via set-top-box, and on Space.ca, and Space GO following the premiere of each installment. Season 1 of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY is available to stream now on CraveTV as part of the STAR TREK Collection, which also includes STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION, STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, STAR TREK: VOYAGER, and STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE.
STAR TREK: DISCOVERY follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. The series features a new ship and new characters while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. The first season is now available on CBS All Access, CBS Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service in the U.S., and is distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios, Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.