Tribbles: They are a small, yet incredibly iconic part of the Star Trek mythos -- and it seems they'll play a role in Star Trek: Discovery, the latest incarnation of Gene Roddenberry's long-running science fiction franchise.
Speaking at a recent press event, Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman confirmed that the fan-favorite fur balls would be appearing on the show, saying "Yes, Tribbles, yes."
The fluffy non-intelligent creatures made their Trek debut in the original series episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" in 1967. In the story, the amiable aliens helped foil a Klingon plan to annex Sherman's Planet when they help reveal that Arne Darvin, a Federation functionary, is actually a Klingon in disguise.
Tribbles have also starred in the animated series episode "More Tribbles, More Troubles," the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine anniversary episode "Trials and Tribble-ations," and The Enterprise episode The Breach, in addition to making brief appearances in the 2009 movie Star Trek and its sequel, Star Trek Into Darkness.
In the United States, Star Trek: Discovery debuts Sunday, September 24 on CBS, before moving to the CBS All Access streaming service for follow-up weekly installments. In Canada, the series debuts on CTV and Space at 8:30 pm ET, with its second episode set to air immediately after on Space — subsequent episodes will air Sundays through November 5. Internationally, the series will debut on Netflix.