The fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery is coming late this year, but there is an indication that planning has already started for the fifth.
Season 5 writers room preparing to assemble?
Paramount+ has not officially announced if Star Trek: Discovery will be getting a fifth season; however, a hint that work for another season may be starting up soon came over the weekend in a roundabout way. Discovery writer Kyle Jarrow showed off some face-painting from a child’s birthday party, which elicited a reply from co-showrunner Michelle Paradise, saying she would be “seriously bummed” if he didn’t “show up for the first day of the room” with the face paint.
If you don't show up for the first day of the room with that exact look, I'll be seriously bummed.
— Michelle Paradise (@michelleparadis) August 7, 2021
This indicates that Paradise is planning on getting her Discovery writers room back together, possibly soon. Writing for season four wrapped up in May, so they have had some time to take a break and think about the direction for the show.
Traditionally CBS All Access/Paramount+ doesn’t announce new season pickups until the latest season has begun to stream, and for Discovery that won’t happen until season four kicks off, likely around December 2021. Another season of Discovery would not be a surprise, as just last weekend ViacomCBS announced a new five-year deal with executive producer and co-showrunner Alex Kurtzman to continue developing and producing Star Trek Universe shows for Paramount+.
Some still shooting season 4
Production on season four has continued, even though some members of the cast have already wrapped. The remaining work is likely for pickup shots as post-production has also been underway for some time. While some actors have already wrapped their work for the season, other are still at it: Just this week Wilson Cruz (Culber) showed off a COVID protocol sign joking how it made sure he and Sonequa Martin-Green (Burnham) maintained social distancing on the set.
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Both Cruz and Martin-Green had to cancel appearances at the Creation 55-Year Mission Convention which takes place this coming week (August 11-15). However, other members of the season four cast including Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, and David Ajala will be in Las Vegas for the event. Martin-Green and Cruz will be appearing with Wiseman, Ajala, and Rapp at Creation’s Sci-Fi Summit in New Jersey, which kicks off September 10th.
As for Paradise, she is taking a day off from her season four post-production work, as she revealed in a Twitter reply to the official Grudge account celebrating International Cat Day.
I'm doing absolutely no editing on S4. Instead, I'm spending the day rewatching all of your footage from S3 as I meditate on the greatness that is you. (Don't tell anyone from P+ that I'm not editing, though… we have deadlines… yeesh, I hope they're not on this tweet…)
— Michelle Paradise (@michelleparadis) August 8, 2021
Rebecca’s custom Strange New Worlds wrap gift
Primary production on the first season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds wrapped in late July, although some pickup shots are expected to be done this fall. Earlier in the week, Rebecca Romijn (Number One) revealed a set of custom jackets she made for her fellow cast members, each with a bedazzled light-up USS Enterprise, saying on Twitter: “BOLDLY SEWN. WHAT NO ONE’S WORN BEFORE.”
Actress Melissa Navia showed her appreciation, saying the jackets inspired her to change up her usual style.
— Melissa Navia (@melissaCnavia) August 5, 2021
Strange New Worlds has been confirmed to be coming in 2022 to Paramount+ in the USA and Latin America, and on CTV Sci-Fi in Canada. Other markets have yet to be announced.
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