CBS All Access is beaming up “Star Trek: Discovery” for a third season, and adding a co-showrunner to help Alex Kurtzman.
Michelle Paradise, who serves as co-executive producer for season 2, will join Kurtzman as co-showrunner for the upcoming third season. Paradise is taking some of the load off Kurtzman as he shepherds CBS All Access’ aggressive expansion of its “Star Trek” universe.
“Michelle joined us midway through season two and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of ‘Trek,’” Kurtzman said. “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.”
Along with “Discovery,” CBS All Access has at least two more live-action series in various stages of development. At the end of this year, Sir Patrick Stewart will return as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, in a new series following his “Star Trek: The Next Generation” character. CBS All Access is also developing a series centered around Michelle Yeoh’s Philippa Georgiou character from “Discovery.”
The small-but-growing streamer also has the animated “Lower Decks” on the horizon, and is developing a second animated series. Additionally, CBS All Access has ordered two more installments of its “Short Treks” shortform series.
“Discovery” is currently in the middle of its second season, which premiered on Jan. 17. Season 2 saw the addition of classic “Star Trek” characters including Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) and Spock (Ethan Peck).
Paradise was previously a co-executive producer on The CW’s “The Originals.”
“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,” said Julie McNamara, executive vice president, original content, CBS All Access. “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.”
“Star Trek: Discovery” premieres new episodes on CBS All Access every Thursday after 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m PT