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'Young Sheldon' is a 'Big Bang Theory' spinoff. — AFP pic'Young Sheldon' is a 'Big Bang Theory' spinoff. — AFP pic

LOS ANGELES, May 19 — The most-watched network in the US will be adding seven new shows in the autumn, including Star Trek Discovery, marking the sci-fi drama’s return to the small screen.

Initially expected in January, then put back to May, Star Trek Discovery will now premiere in the autumn.

The setting for the new show is ten years before that of the original 1960s series which followed the adventures of Captain Kirk and his crew on the starship USS Enterprise.

The crew of the USS Discovery will be the focus of this new series.

The trailer introduced these new characters including Sarek, the Vulcan father of Spock.

Star Trek Discovery will not be shown on the CBS broadcast network, but will be available on its digital service CBS All Access, which can be accessed in the US and Canada.

Netflix will handle the distribution for the rest of the world.

To beef up its 2017-2018 schedule, the network is launching three new dramas and three new comedies.

S.W.A.T., starring Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds), tells the story of an Afro-American lieutenant in the elite S.W.A.T. crime-solving unit whose loyalty is split between his fellow officers and the streets where he grew up.

In a similar theme, SEAL Team follows an elite unit of Navy Seals led by David Boreanaz (Bones).

And in Wisdom of the Crowd, Jeremy Piven (Entourage) plays a tech innovator who, while searching for his daughter’s murderer, creates technology that will revolutionize crime-solving in San Francisco.

Three new comedies, including a Big Bang Theory spin-off

On the comedy front, the network has created Young Sheldon, a Big Bang Theory prequel centered on the young Sheldon Cooper.

9JKL is about different members of an intrusive family who all live in the same apartment block.

Me, Myself & I spans three distinct periods in a man’s life: aged 14 in 1991, 40 in the present day, and 65 in 2042.

These new shows will premiere in the autumn alongside the network’s old favorites NCIS and its spin-offs in Los Angeles and New Orleans, Criminal Minds, Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-O and The Big Bang Theory.

Four 2017 newcomers will return next year: MacGyver, Bull, Kevin Can Wait and Man with a Plan.

Training Day, The Great Indoors and Pure Genius will not be renewed next season, nor will The Odd Couple, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and 2 Broke Girls. — AFP-Relaxnews

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