The adventure continues for Star Trek: Discovery as it has been announced the show will return for a third season and with a new co-showrunner.
The news should come as no surprise to anyone as the second season of Discovery has been a huge hit. The addition of Anson Mount as Captain Pike and Ethan Peck as Spock to an already stellar cast seems to have won quite a number of new fans. In addition, the haters and gatekeepers who despise Discovery despite never having watched a single episode seem to have been shut down for the time being.
In the press release announcing the renewal, it was also revealed that a co-showrunner will be joining the production. Michelle Paradise, who is a co-exectutive producer for Discovery Season 2, will be joining Alex Kurtzman as a co-showrunner for Season 3. For his part Kurtzman sounds very excited about the new addition to the franchise.
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"“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.”"
Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President of Original Content for CBS All Access also sounds enthused about the new possibilities for Star Trek.
"“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.”"
While Kurtzman will now have some help when it comes to the third season of Discovery, when it comes to the franchise as a whole he will still be flying solo. With the incredibly rapid expansion of Star Trek on CBS All Access, it makes sense for the studio to decide to bring in some help for the no doubt exhausted producer.
The second season of Star Trek: Discovery continues at 8:30 PM this Thursday on CBS All Access.