After months of delays and a change of showrunners, the long-awaited Star Trek: Discovery finally premiered last month. As the highest-profile series to launch on CBS’s new subscription service, CBS All Access, a lot was riding on the show. So far the show has turned out to be a rousing success, leading the network to announce today it was renewing the series for a second season.
Star Trek: Discovery is the sixth television show in the long-running Star Trek franchise, taking place roughly 10 years before the original 1960s series.
Rather than the traditional ensemble cast going on different adventures each week, the show takes a more modern serialized approach, focusing on a select few characters.
Former Walking Dead star Sonequa Martin-Green stars as Michael Burnham, who starts off as the first officer on the USS Shenzhou before finding herself onboard the starship Discovery.
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In a statement, CBS Interactive President Marc DeBevoise touted a massive increase in CBS All Access subscriber growth, along with critical acclaim and fan interest as factors in the show’s renewal.
The renewal wasn’t a total surprise, as CBS CEO Les Moonves revealed last July that the show was already profitable before it even began filming.
While the show is firmly attached to CBS All Access in the U.S., outside of North America, Star Trek: Discovery is presented as a Netflix Original Series.
It’s thanks to that lucrative international agreement that the show was able to turn a profit so quickly, as Moonves previously had predicted the Netflix deal would pay for at least 60% of production costs.
Three more episodes of Star Trek: Discovery are slated to premiere in the coming weeks before the show goes on hiatus. The final six episodes of the season will then arrive in January 2018. There’s no word yet on how long the show’s second season will be or when it will premiere, but previous comments from executive producer Alex Kurtzman have hinted the show may not return until at least 2019.