Today, CBS announced Star Trek: Discovery has officially been renewed for a third season. It was also revealed that Alex Kurtzman is elevating writer/producer Michelle Paradise to join him as co-showrunner for the third season. No details were provided on when the third season would start production or premiere.
Renewal comes after Season 2 exceeded CBS expectations
The pickup was expected, and a renewal announcement during the run of the season is also what happened during season one. Kurtzman and other executives for CBS have been talking up the success of Discovery and how a third season factors into their future plans for All Access and the expanding Star Trek television universe. Recently the interim CEO for CBS touted the success of Star Trek: Discovery, helping All Access meet its goal of 4 million subscribers ahead of schedule.
Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content, CBS All Access said in today’s release:
The massive success of Star Trek: Discovery’s second season launch exceeded our expectations in both driving subscriber growth and generating a phenomenal response from ‘Star Trek’ fans. With Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise at the helm, we look forward to continuing Star Trek: Discovery’s journey, growing the ‘Star Trek’ franchise on CBS All Access and bringing fans new ‘Star Trek’ stories for many years to come.
Star Trek: Discovery will remain the flagship show of CBS’s streaming platform All Access. Multiple other Star Trek shows are in development for All Access and beyond, including a Michelle Yeoh Section 31 spinoff, a Patrick Stewart vehicle about Picard, the animated comedy Lower Decks, and an animated show for Nickelodeon. The next Star Trek series set to premiere is the Picard show, which will debut in late 2019. Previous reports have indicated that the Section 31 series with Michelle Yeoh would likely come after the third season of Discovery, and Yoeh is expected to return to Discovery for the third season.
CBS also revealed the third season pickup on social media, with this animated tweet.
— Star Trek: Discovery (@startrekcbs) February 27, 2019
And on Instagram they had a little fun with it, using a GIF with Tig Notaro’s Jett Reno.
Michelle Paradise began work on Discovery in season 2. In the official announcement Kurtzman gives her high praise:
“Michelle joined us midway through season two and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of Trek,” Kurtzman said. “Her grasp of character and story detail, her drive and her focus have already become essential in ensuring the Trek legacy, and her fresh perspective always keeps us looking forward. I’m proud to say Michelle and I are officially running Star Trek: Discovery together.”
Prior to joining Discovery Paradise’s resume includes work as an executive producer, writer, and star on the Logo comedy Exes & Ohs and as a writer and executive producer for the CW vampire show The Originals.
The show has had a checkered history with showrunners; Paradise will be the fifth person tasked with the role. Discovery executive producer/co-creator Alex Kurtzman took over as sole showrunner midway through production of the second season, when then showrunner duo Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg were fired following harassment allegations and operational concerns. Berg and Harberts, in turn, were replacements for Bryan Fuller who originally co-created the show with Alex Kurtzman, but left the production before Discovery‘s debut after delays and multiple conflicts with CBS’ top brass.
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