CBS All Access renewed Star Trek: Discovery for season 3 and brought on a new co-showrunner. Fans can rest easy that they will see the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery for at least one more season before the show's sophomore journey even finishes streaming. Beyond Star Trek: Discovery, CBS All Access also includes a group of scripted shows like The Good Fight, Strange Angel, Tell Me a Story and Jordan Peele's upcoming Twilight Zone series.
Star Trek: Discovery season 2 currently stars Sonequa Martin-Green as Cmdr. Michael Burnham, Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou, and the former Abe Sapien, Doug Jones as Saru. Anson Mount joined the second season as the iconic franchise character Captain Christopher Pike. Mount joins others like Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, Mary Chieffo, Shazad Latif, and new Spock Ethan Peck. For its second season, the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery joined forces with Captain Pike to investigate seven red signals and the mysterious entity called the Red Angel. Michael Burnham has been forced to face her past with the return of her estranged brother, Spock.
Now, THR is reporting the season 3 renewal and new co-showrunner. Season 3 hasn't been given a return date but the renewal arrives just after the show's sophomore season, which began on Jan. 17. Current showrunner, Alex Kurtzman has been course correcting the new Star Trek: Discovery season after it's initial first season following multiple delays in trying to get the sci-fi series off the ground before its series premiere a year and a half ago. Additionally, Star Trek: Discovery writer Michelle Paradise will now serve as co-showrunner for season 3. Paradise joined the writer's room for season 2 and will continue to work alongside Kurtzman.
Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg took over for original co-creator, Bryan Fuller, who was let go before Discovery even premiered. However, the duo was later dismissed early in the production of the show's second season, wherein original co-creator, Alex Kurtzman, stepped in. Paradise now becomes the third new showrunner to take over Star Trek: Discovery in just as many seasons. Kurtzman said of her hiring:
"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."
Star Trek: Discovery has been having trouble getting fully off the ground with both critics and fans alike. Subscription fees and longtime Trek fans are finding it hard to get fully on board with the new series, but things might start looking up. It was announced that Patrick Stewart would return to reprise his iconic Star Trek: The Next Generation character, Captain Jean-Luc Picard for CBS All Access. Additionally, Kurtzman is looking to expand the Star Trek universe even more with an animated Nickelodeon series from the Emmy-winning duo behind Trollhunters and Ninjago, Kevin and Dan Hageman. Adding Paradise as a new co-showrunner is likely to imbibe the show with some fresh blood and ideas. She's already part of the writing crew, so taking on bigger, overall themes of the show's narrative and style as a showrunner feels perfectly apt.
Star Trek: Discovery's first six episodes are available to stream over on CBS All Access. New episodes are made available every Thursday at 8:30 PM/ET on CBS All Access. As for international viewers, CBS Studios distributes episodes via Netflix in 188 countries and airs in Canada on Space and Crave.