Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 unveils David Ajala and new Short Treks
Staff Reporter | On 28, Feb 2019Reading time: 5 mins
Star Trek: Picard may be the talk of the town after its trailer debuted at Comic-Con yesterday, but Star Trek: Discovery was also in San Diego to unveil a glimpse of its own future.
CBS: All Access’ flagship drama has been a huge success for the streaming site, with Netflix picking up the rights internationally and the show returning earlier this year for a second season featuring fan favourites Spock and Captain Pike.
Initially 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), who has a personal connection to Spock of the original Trek canon.
However, with Season 3, the show will be taking a bold leap into new territory, with the sophomore run jumping 1,000 years into the future.
“Don’t worry,” EP Alex Kurtzman told Comic-Con attendees. “It’s still Star Trek and it will always be Star Trek the way Gene Roddenberry wanted it.”
He also introduced a new figure from the future: Cleveland Booker, or Book, played by David Ajala (Nightflyers and Falling Water).
“Book is going to be a character that breaks the rules a little bit,” Ajala teased.
“There are big problems on the other side of that wormhole,” he added.
Behind the camera, meanwhile, Season 3 will also see a change-up, with co-executive producer and writer Michelle Paradise stepping up to become co-showrunner alongside Kurtzman.
CBS also unveiled more details about new animated series Lower Decks. The comedy, created by Mike McMahan, will follow a group of four Ensigns on an unimportant Starfleet ship called the USS Cerritos. Tawny Newsome voices Ensign Beckett Mariner, Jack Quaid voices Ensign Brad Boimler, Noel Wells voices Ensign Tendi and Eugene Cordero voices Ensign Rutherford. Another crew, meanwhile – Captain Carol Freeman (voiced by Dawnn Lewis), Commander Jack Ransom (Jerry O’Connell), Lieutenant Shaxs (Fred Tatasciore), and Doctor T’ Ana (Gillian Vigman) – think they are the main characters of the show, but actually aren’t.
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While Discovery is jumping into the future, though, it won’t be leaving Pike (Anson Mount) and Spock (Ethan Peck) behind, with both confirmed to return alongside Number One (Rebecca Romijn) for three Short Treks, the mini-episodes that accompany Discovery on Netflix.
The new trailer for the next batch of Short Treks – called Ask Not, Q&A, The Trouble with Edward, The Girl Who Made the Stars, Ephaim and Dot and Children of Mars – is below.
Star Trek: Discovery gets a third season and new showrunner
28th February 2019
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.