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You can watch “After Trek”, after “Trek!”

People love to talk about their favorite shows after they’ve finished watching them. Geeks in love with genre programming would always congregate the next day to discuss everything they saw in the previous night’s programming of television. Then, talk shows for these fans came in to being, most famously being Talking Dead, that would deep geek about what was just broadcast. Even back in my youth I would see such panels on my local PBS station discussing my favorite sci-fi shows right after they aired. Now these shows are about to go boldly where no other talk show has gone before…

CBS has announced After Trek, a weekly Star Trek: Discovery after show hosted by Matt Mira of the Nerdist podcast and the Star Trek: The Next Conversation podcast.

[Editor: There had been an actual promo released, but it has since then been pulled down.]

Here’s the official show description from CBS:

After Trek will serve as the ultimate weekly forum for Trek fans, with in-depth discussions and recaps of the latest Discovery episode. Each After Trek episode will feature Mira talking in-studio or via video feed with Discovery cast members and crew along with past Star Trek talent and celebrity fans. While watching, fans will be able to “engage” with the show via social and other interactive elements by using the hashtag #AfterTrek.

Guests for the first ever episode of After Trek will be Star Trek: Discovery stars Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham) and James Frain (Sarek), and co-showrunner and executive producer Aaron Harberts.

The first episode of After Trek will be available exclusively to CBS All Access subscribers on Sunday, September 24, 2017, at 11 p.m. ET, following the two-hour premiere of Star Trek: Discovery. Subsequent After Trek episodes will be available to stream live at 9:30 pm ET following new episodes of Star Trek: Discovery and all episodes will be available to watch on demand via the CBS All Access service.

The premiere of Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access is now just a day away. Make sure you’re ready to watch Star Trek: Discovery by checking out our viewing guide, get to know the show’s cast with our character guide, and familiarize yourself with the state of the Star Trek universe with some of our coverage from San Diego Comicon.

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Is this helping to foster excitement and anticipation for Discovery, or does this merely feel like carefully marketed PR for fans who are not yet “on board?” Could this mean that CBS is showing concern regarding the number of subscribers they have for their streaming service?
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  1. I just do not understand why this is a thing. Talking Dead? After Trek? Some of the other ones I’m forgetting but I never watched them so it doesn’t really matter?

    I mean, are networks really that starved for content that they have to have a show about the show you just watched to fill a half-our/hour? Was there ever a demand for this? Is it just because these after-shows are probably cheap tp produce? Oh, I think I just answered my own question there.

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