The Good Wife, Star Trek and now it’s entering the Twilight Zone. Turns out CBS All Access is becoming one of the most formidable players in the space.
CBSAA obviously wants a piece of the anthology drama genre even though it failed to green-light Bryan Fuller’s full vision for Star Trek Discovery. Which he wanted to be an anthology. The popularity of the genre in recent years thanks to Netflix’s Black Mirror and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.
Since Star Trek Discovery has become one of the most popular shows of 2017 routinely getting thousands of views on YouTube just for episode promos as well as being one of the most illegally downloaded shows, and fueling legit record breaking sign-ups for the network. CBS needs to keep their audiences eyeballs on their website when Star Trek is not on. While giving us another episode of Star Trek Discovery to look forward to this year, that will not be enough!
But don’t fret, Moonves knows what he’s doing even if he’s shocked at how many people signed up for Star Trek Discovery. Now past the million mark, he wants to get 5 Million CBSAA subscribers by 2020. Considering the subscription reports from the big three streaming networks: Netflix, HULU, and Amazon it seems like small potatoes, but I wouldn’t bet CBSAA out. Star Trek is already one of the most social shows out in social media world and even though, The Handmaid’s Tale won a bunch of Emmys, how many people do you honestly know who actually watched it?
Both Star Trek Discovery and The Good Fight have been renewed for a second season. So the future looks good for the Twilight Zone even after it’s many failed attempts elsewhere outside CBS. Perhaps it’s time for the franchise to come home.