For many, the latest iteration of the Star Trek franchise has been the cause of much discussion. From it’s new kind of captain, to whether or not the characters should curse. Everyone’s got their opinion, but few would deny that they want to see more. And CBS is giving them just that by renewing the show for a second season.
This is a sign that the show is doing well both critically and in the viewership numbers, and might be a sign that people are willing to watch cable programming on a dedicated streaming service.
“In just six episodes, Star Trek: Discovery has driven subscriber growth, critical acclaim and huge global fan interest for the first premium version of this great franchise,” said Marc DeBevoise, president and CEO at CBS Interactive in a statement. “This series has a remarkable creative team and cast who have demonstrated their ability to carry on the Star Trek legacy. We are extremely proud of what they’ve accomplished and are thrilled to be bringing fans a second season of this tremendous series.”
However, don’t get too excited – it is likely that the new season won’t arrive until 2019, according to The Hollywood Reporter.This comes from the mouth of executive producer Alex Kurtzman, who says that each episode takes 3 to 4 months to complete. However, Kurtzman adds that there is a plot line in mind for the next season: “We have a…big idea that emerged mid-to-late-season one for something we want to do for season two. That’s now become the spine of what we want to do for season two.”
Still, one has to wonder if this announcement is a little premature, considering that the season is only half-way over. A lot can change in the second half of the show than could alienate these loyal fans, but this gamble has paid off for CBS so far.