Star Trek: Discovery will return for a third season, CBS has officially confirmed, and the series will be getting a new showrunner to do it.
CBS: All Access’ flagship drama has been a huge success for the streaming site, with Netflix picking up the rights internationally and the show already back on screens for a second season that features both Spock and Captain Pike.
Set 10 years before the original show, the series follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself. That’s Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green), whose connection to Spock and relation to the original Trek canon continues to be a focus for the show as it grows.
On the bridge behind the scenes, though, the franchise hasn’t been without its share of difficulties, with initial showrunner Bryan Fuller departing the project early on while Season 1 was still in production. For Season 2, Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg exited their showrunning roles on the big-budget project (following budget disputes and complaints of misconduct), with Star Trek movie veteran Alex Kurtzman stepping in to replace the duo.
Now, with CBS officially giving the green light to a third run, Michelle Paradise (one of the co-exec producers) will officially join Kurtzman as a co-showrunner.
“Michelle joined us midway through season two and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of Trek,” said Kurtzman in a statement. “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.”
“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,” added Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content, CBS All Access. “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.”
Paradise, prior to serving as co-executive producer on Discovery, was co-executive producer on the CW series The Originals. She also wrote for the series Rogue on the Audience network and The CW’s Hart of Dixie. Additionally, she created, wrote and starred in the MTV/Logo series Exes & Ohs.
The renewal arrives as CBS is also developing a new Star Trek series that will see Patrick Stewart reprise his iconic role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Discovery Season 2, meanwhile, continues to air on Fridays on Netflix. You can read our reviews each week here.