‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Gets a Season 3 Order and a New Showrunner

     February 27, 2019

star-trek-discovery-3-showrunnerCBS All Access today announced the third season renewal of its hit original series Star Trek: Discovery. It was also announced that Michelle Paradise (The Originals) will join Alex Kurtzman as co-showrunner of the show’s upcoming third season. In addition to his role as showrunner of Star Trek: Discovery, Kurtzman will continue to oversee the expansion of the growing Star Trek universe for CBS Studios.

Star Trek: Discovery season two cast members include Sonequa Martin-Green (Commander Michael Burnham), Michelle Yeoh (Philippa Georgiou), Doug Jones (Commander Saru), Shazad Latif (Ash Tyler), Anson Mount (Captain Christopher Pike), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Commander Paul Stamets), Mary Wiseman (Ensign Sylvia Tilly), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell), and Ethan Peck (Spock).

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Here’s what Kurtzman had to say about his new showrunning partner:

“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.”

Prior to serving as co-executive producer on Star Trek: Discovery’s second season, Paradise was co-executive producer on the television series The Originals on The CW. She also wrote for the series Rogue on the Audience network and The CW’s Hart of Dixie. Additionally, Paradise created, wrote and starred in the MTV/Logo series Exes & Ohs.

Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content, CBS All Access, offered this commentary:

“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. 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.”

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After answering a distress signal from the U.S.S. Enterprise, season two of Star Trek: Discovery finds the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery joining forces with Captain Christopher Pike on a new mission to investigate seven mysterious red signals and the appearance of an unknown being called the Red Angel. While the crew must work together to unravel their meaning and origin, Michael Burnham is forced to face her past with the return of her estranged brother, Spock.

The first six episodes of Star Trek: Discovery’s second season are currently available to stream on CBS All Access. All new episodes will be available on demand weekly after 8:30 PM, ET on Thursdays exclusively for CBS All Access subscribers in the U.S., and are distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service Crave. The entire first season of the series is also available to watch on demand.

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