On Friday, September 8, 2023, at 8 PM ET/PT, the first two Star Trek: Strange New Worlds episodes will be broadcast on CBS. “Strange New Worlds” and “Children of the Comet” were previously released for streaming on Paramount+ and included in the Strange New Worlds Season 1 home video sets. However, this is the first time that any episodes of the series will be broadcast on network TV.

Star Trek Day

Star Trek Day takes place on September 8 each year. It celebrates the airdate of the first episode of Star Trek: The Original Series broadcast. On September 8, 1966, “The Man Trap” aired.

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But the broadcast of two Strange New Worlds episodes isn’t the only way that Paramount is celebrating 57 years of Star Trek. Also to be released on September 8 is a Star Trek Day special program. This program will be hosted by Jerry O’Connell, who plays Commander Jack Ransom on Star Trek: Lower Decks. If you haven’t seen O’Connell during one of the Lower Decks online events that have transpired over the past few years, suffice it to say he possesses the energy and enthusiasm necessary to host 100 special programs.

The special program will include a sneak peek of Lower Decks Season 4. It will also pay homage to Star Trek: Discovery ahead of its fifth and final season. This special will be free to watch on the official Star Trek website, across Paramount and Star Trek‘s social media pages, and it will be broadcast on select local CBS affiliates, Comedy Central, and other channels.

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TOS isn’t the only Star Trek that started on September 8. In 1973, that was the airdate of the first episode of Star Trek: The Animated Series. To celebrate, there will also be in-person screenings of the Lower Decks Season 4 premiere. Click here to see if one is taking place near you and to register to attend.

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