‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Expanded to 15 Episodes, Gets New After-Show

CBS All Access series will premiere this fall

CBS has expanded the episode order for “Star Trek: Discovery” and added a new companion show “Talking Trek,” the network announced on Wednesday.

Originally picked up for 13 episodes, the CBS All Access prequel series will now run for 15 in its first season.

Sonequa Martin-Green stars in the highly anticipated series as First Officer Michael Burnham, alongside Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou.

Casting Martin-Green, known for her role on AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” signaled a departure from previous “Star Trek” series, which have all had a Starfleet captain as the lead.

In “Discovery,” Burnham is a lieutenant, while the captain of the Discovery is Captain Lorca, played by Jason Isaacs. It’s also the first time a woman of color has led a “Star Trek” TV series.

The show also stars James Frain as Sarek, the Vulcan ambassador and Spock’s father; Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo as a trio of Klingon warriors; and Anthony Rapp, Doug Jones and Yeoh in key roles. Rainn Wilson is also starring as Harry Mudd, the charismatic conman and intergalactic criminal first introduced in the original “Star Trek” television series.

The premiere episode of “Discovery” will air on CBS this fall, with all subsequent episodes available in the U.S. exclusively on CBS All Access.

Each episode of the series will be available overseas within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere, presented on Netflix in 188 countries and through Bell Media platforms in Canada.