Not that anyone had any real doubt, but it’s official – Star Trek: Discovery has been renewed for a third season at CBS All Access.
The announcement comes as the second season is about to hit the mid-way point tonight. According to Variety, series co-executive producer and writer Michelle Paradise has been tapped to serve as co-showrunner alongside Alex Kurtzman, who will still continue to oversee the expansion of the growing “Star Trek” universe under his deal with CBS Television Studios.
“Michelle joined us midway through season two and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of Trek,” said Kurtzman. “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 together.”
Prior to serving as co-executive producer on Discovery, Paradise was a co-executive producer on The Originals at The CW. She also wrote for the series Rogue on the Audience network and The CW’s Hart of Dixie. She previously created, wrote, and starred in the MTV/Logo series Exes & Ohs.
“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,” said Julie McNamara, executive vice president of original content for 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.”
Kurtzman took over as showrunner on season two midway through production following the exit of co-showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg. Prior to that, series creator and original showrunner Bryan Fuller departed the show just months before its premiere following multiple delays in launching the series.
The second season of Star Trek: Discovery will consist of 14 episodes with no mid-season break. It airs on Thursdays on CBS All Access in the US and Canada and on Netflix in the UK.
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