Speaking to TrekMovie at Wondercon, Star Trek: Discovery co-showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts were able to give us an update on some of their plans. We will have more from our interviews later, but for now can share three important bits of news about season two.
13 episodes for season two
Discovery co-showrunner and executive producer Aaron Harberts reported that CBS has revealed the second season order, saying “We are doing 13.” This is the same original number of episodes Discovery had for the first season, but during production CBS extended the order to 15, which were then split into two ‘chapters,’ with a two-month gap between episodes nine and ten.
Production starts in April
Harberts replied in the affirmative when asked if production on the second season is still planned to start in mid-April, adding “We will start filming in about a month.” This matches what executive producer Alex Kurtzman said in February. Last week actor Shazad Latif (who has already been confirmed for season two) said production would start in May, so it’s possible he was referring to when he would start his work, specifically.
Nine days ago, Harberts shared an image showing how “Construction continues apace” for the second season.
— Aaron Harberts (@AaronHarberts) March 17, 2018
No release target for season two
When asked if they have a target date for the premiere of the second season, Harberts said, “We don’t,” adding “I wish, I really do wish” there was one confirmed. Co-showrunner and executive producer Gretchen J. Berg noted they are waiting for CBS to set a second season target date, saying they will know “when they tell us.”
Last September, well before it was announced, Alex Kurtzman estimated a second season may not debut until early 2019. It’s possible such an estimate was to give the team plenty of leeway after facing criticism for the multiple delays in the first season. Based on times required to produce the first season, early 2019 seems easily attainable, and late 2018 is certainly plausible, possibly as early as October/November.
However, Discovery’s production and post-production times aren’t the only consideration when picking a premiere date. CBS has a number of other original All Access series in various stages of development and have stated they would like to space their new releases out. The mystery show $1 starts production shortly and is reportedly set to debut in August. Les Moonves has estimated the new Twilight Zone will debut in the fall and their drama Strange Angel is also currently in pre-production. CBS All Access also ordered the new drama Tell Me a Story and a second season of the comedy No Activity.
So for now, the release date of the second season of Discovery will remain TBA.
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And there is more to come, so stay tuned.
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on the Space Channel and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.
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