Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller had a bit more to share about the upcoming television series than he had in the past during a presentation at the Television Critics Association's press tour. While he didn't go into great detail, it at least gives potential viewers a better idea of what the show might be like.
Fuller said the show will explore an "event" in Star Trek's history that's been referenced but never shown before:
"There’s an incident and an event in Star Trek history that’s been talked about but never been explored. To do this series, we’re telling a much more serialized story, to dig deep into a very tantalizing storyline. And we have a character who’s on a journey, and in order to understand something that is alien, she first has to understand herself."
He also pointed out the event wasn't the Kobayashi Maru incident (first made famous in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) and was something referenced in The Original Series, but not the Romulan War (to which Fuller said "close"). Fuller also said that Section 31, the clandestine organization seen in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
If you noticed that the events mentioned are things that happened before Star Trek: The Original Series, you'd be correct. Star Trek: Discovery will take place about a decade before Kirk's five-year mission in the same "Prime" timeline.
The lead character for the series will be a female lieutenant commander, not the captain of the Discovery. On this Fuller says:
"We’ve seen six series from the captain’s point of view; to see a character from a different perspective on the starship — one who has a different dynamic relationships with a captain, with subordinates, it gave us richer context."
Technically Benjamin Sisko started as a commander on a starbase, but eventually ascended to the rank of captain and got his own ship. However, he was the guy in charge so this time it will be a bit different. The lead hasn't been cast yet so Fuller says they don't know the "diversity" of the actor is, but that is something they are conscious of.
As for gay characters, as he mentioned before, they will have one. Fuller says that as staff on Star Trek: Voyager, he would see hate mail when it was rumored there would be a gay character and that made him determined that there would be a gay character if he ever got his own Trek show.
When asked about other familiar Trek characters appearing on the show, Fuller said that he wanted to establish his own show before doing something like that. He said that maybe in the second season that this could happen though he was tempted to include Spock's mom, Amanda Grayson in the show.
Since the show will be not be on broadcast television after its debut, it may open it up to be a bit more… graphic than its predecessors:
"Well there’s a reason we call it S.T.D." … "We’re going to have a broader spectrum to explore those issues, but it’s still Star Trek. It will probably be slightly more graphic content. We discuss language every day. Is it appropriate for somebody to see a bridge blow up and say ‘Oh s—.’ I imagine we’re going to shoot scenes a couple of ways and see what feels more authentic in the editing room.
Also there will be robots.
Regarding the U.S.S. Discovery, what we saw in the tease may not be its final look:
"Saucer section, the cells [sic], and the design that we leaked early on has changed considerably. But it's still very much inspired by those [Ralph McQuarrie] illustrations."
During the presentation, Marc DeBevoise the COO of CBS Interactive was asked why the audience would have to pay $6 for CBS All Access when there will be commercials (about 12 minutes per hour) included in the programming:
"The value is the depth and breath of the service that you can't get anywhere else."
More information may arrive in October. Star Trek: Discovery launches in January 2017.