CBS All Access will have new Star Trek starting next month with the premiere of Star Trek: Lower Decks, but fans are still waiting for news on the third season premiere of Star Trek: Discovery—and one of the showrunners is offering hope that news may come soon.
Michelle Paradise says Disco S3 is worth the wait
This morning CBS announced three back-to-back Star Trek Universe panels for Comic-Con@Home on July 23rd, one of which will be a cast table read of the second season finale of Star Trek: Discovery, followed by a brief cast Q&A. The panel will include executive producer and co-showrunner Michelle Paradise.
After the Comic-Con panel announcement, Paradise took to Twitter to show she understood that fans are wondering what is up with the third season of Discovery (currently in post-production), saying “our incredible team is working nonstop to bring it to you as soon as possible. It’s taking a bit longer these days, but it’s worth the wait.”
Lots of cool stuff from all these shows – hope you can join! And for those of you waiting for #StarTrekDiscovery season 3, know that our incredible team is working nonstop to bring it to you as soon as possible. It's taking a bit longer these days, but it's worth the wait… https://t.co/dep2epjqIn
— Michelle Paradise (@michelleparadis) July 9, 2020
The season two finale of Star Trek: Discovery aired in April 2019. The third season went into production last summer, wrapping up in February shortly before film and television production was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Post-production work on season three has continued remotely, which includes having the musicians record their parts for the score.
The last update on post-production came last month from editor Scott Gamzon, ACE, who said everyone was “working as best and as fast as we can,” but he also noted that working from home “presents numerous challenges that have slowed down our process.”
Just yesterday Gamzon posted a fun tweet about a text he got from Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jonathan Frakes, who directed three episodes for Discovery’s third season, so it appears that Gamzon and the editors are still at work.
— Scott Gamzon, ACE (@ScottGamzon) July 8, 2020
The first season of Star Trek: Lower Decks will run from early August through to early October. The official CBS announcement about Lower Decks did state that Discovery was “returning with season three later this year.” It’s likely Discovery’s third season will not overlap with Lower Decks, leaving the possible start date sometime between mid-October and the end of the year. Hopefully, Discovery showrunners Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise will have more to say about season three during the CBS Universe Comic-Con at Home event on July 23rd.