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CBS Hires Gene Roddenberry's Son to Executive Produce Its New Star Trek Series

CBS has tapped Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's son Rod to executive produce the network's reprise of the iconic series.

Roddenberry, along with Roddenberry COO Trevor Roth, joins Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, and Bryan Fuller as heads of the series, which premieres in early 2017 before airing exclusively on CBS All Access streaming service.

"Gene Roddenberry, the Great Bird of the Galaxy, left a finely feathered nest for all who love Star Trek to enjoy," showrunner Fuller said Thursday in a statement. "It is only fitting that Rod Roddenberry and Roddenberry Entertainment join our new Trek adventure to ensure that his father's legacy of hope for the future and infinite diversity in infinite combinations runs through our tales as Gene Roddenberry intended."

This is naturally not Roddenberry's first time dealing with Star Trek in an official capacity. He served as a consulting producer on the fan-produced Star Trek: New Voyages series between 2003 and 2011.

"While I will always be humbled by its legacy and the legions of fans who are its guardians, it's a genuine honor to be joining a team of imaginative and incredibly capable individuals whose endeavor it is to uphold the tenets of Star Trek's legacy while bringing it to audiences in a new era and on a contemporary platform," Roddenberry added.

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