Earlier today CBS officially announced that Star Trek: Discovery has been renewed for a third season on CBS All Access. A new report adds some details about the production.
Production starts in July
According to the industry trade newsletter Production Weekly, the third season of Discovery will begin production on July 8th, again at Pinewood Studios in Toronto, where the first two seasons of the show have been produced. At this point, there is no date specified for the end of production.
Filming for the first season, which had 15 episodes, ran for a bit over nine months. The 14-episode second season was in production for just over eight months. So far, there has been no indication of how many episodes are in season three, but we expect the standard order of 13, which was also the initial number for both of the first two seasons.
Writers already at work
The writers’ room took a break after finishing season two in December and then came back to work earlier this year. They’ve likely been at work pitching ideas since last month. At the Television Critics Association panel at the end of January, co-showrunner Alex Kurtzman said they had “big ideas” for the third season.
Today, after the official announcement of the renewal, the Discovery writers’ room Twitter account posted a whiteboard shot of “301,” signifying the first episode of season 3. The whiteboard is commonly where writing teams break new stories.
— Star Trek Writers (@StarTrekRoom) February 27, 2019
When will season three premiere?
There is no word yet on when the third season of Discovery is set to debut. Assuming a similar timeframe to the previous seasons, the new season could premiere around April of 2020. However, there are other CBS All Access shows to consider, as the streaming service likes to space out their original programming. CBS executives and executive producers for Discovery have also stated they want to create gaps between different Trek series. The new Picard show is set to debut in late 2019 and could end up running into early 2020. So a safe bet would be that we’ll see the third season of Discovery sometime in the second or possibly third quarter of 2020.
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