CBS All Access has renewed their hit series Star Trek Discovery for a third season, but there's going to be yet more behind the scenes changes.
Keeping a showrunner throughout its run has been a difficult task for Discovery since its launch. Originally set up with Bryan Fuller captaining the show, but in typical Fuller fashion, he left the series owing to his commitments as showrunner on both American Gods and a reboot of Steven Spielberg's Amazing Stories. Fuller went on to exit American Gods during pre-production on the long-delayed second season, and last year he departed theAmazing Stories reboot along with his producing partner Hart Hanson. Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts took over for the remainder of season one, but the duo was fired after reports emerged that they created an unpleasant and hostile working environment.
Writer and producer Alex Kurtzman stepped in for the currently airing second season, but as he's been promoted to overseer of all things Star Trek, he brought in some help with Michelle Paradise (The Originals) joining the team midway through production. Having been an unofficial co-showrunner for the backend of season 2, Paradise will be a full-on co-captain for season 3. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Kurtzman made the news official.
“Michelle joined us midway through season two and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of Trek. 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.”
In addition to his duties on Discovery, Kurtzman has been tasked by CBS to be the gatekeeper for all things Star Trek. We already have a spin-off starring Michelle Yeoh as the formidable Philippa Georgiou, a new animated series, and Patrick Stewart returns as Jean-Luc Picard for the first time in more than 20 years for a special limited series. The small screen Star Trek universe might be thriving, but the fate of the big screen franchise remains in doubt with no movement on the fourth installment in quite some time.
Star Trek Discovery airs weekly on CBS All Access, UK fans can catch new episodes on Netflix.