There are more changes happening behind the scenes with Star Trek: Discovery. Deadline is reporting exclusively that CBS has brought in The Closer creator James Duff as an executive producer, along with making some other changes.
Hollywood vet Duff brought in to help Kurtzman
According to the report, Duff has signed a new overall development deal with CBS, and will start off by helping executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman run the writers room. Kurtzman was recently named showrunner after Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg were shown the door due to problems with their management style with the writers and budget overruns. Kurtzman could use the help, as he has also been tapped with expanding the Star Trek television franchise by CBS with new shows under development.
Duff, 62, has many credits as a writer and producer for stage, film and television over the last three decades. He has created the procedural The Closer for TNT, as well as the spin-off Major Crimes. Duff worked as executive producer and writer for both, which ran for a combined total of 13 seasons between 2005 and 2018, as well as directing a handful of episodes for each. In 1992 he received an Emmy nomination for writing for the mini-series Doing Time on Maple Drive, which was based on his play of the same name.
Duff’s Trek connections
James Duff also has some experience with Star Trek, having written the episode “Fortunate Son” for Star Trek: Enterprise’s first season in 2001. Duff also shows his Trek cred by talking in detail about the characters of Kirk and Spock in the 2016 documentary about Leonard Nimoy, For the Love of Spock.
Osunsanmi and Lumet promoted
Co-executive producer Olatunde Osunsanmi has been promoted to executive producer. Osunsanmi directed the fourth and thirteenth episodes of the first season and according to Deadline, will now serve as the series’ producer/director based on set in Toronto.
CBS has also promoted Jenny Lumet to co-executive producer. Lumet, daughter of famed director Sydney Lumet, had joined Discovery as a consulting producer at the start of season two. Her credits include writing the film Rachel Getting Married and the story for The Mummy, which was directed by Kurtzman.
Star Trek: Discovery is available exclusively in the USA on CBS All Access. It airs in Canada on Space and streams on CraveTV. It is available on Netflix everywhere else.
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