Don't Expect A Second Season of Star Trek: Discovery Until 2019

By Tom Pritchard on at

After a lot of waiting Star Trek: Discovery has arrived, and there's been a lot of positive buzz following the two-part premiere*. I liked it, a number of the Giz UK commenters seemed to like it, so now we're waiting for an announcement about the series' future following the conclusion of the 15-episode first season.

While it's obvious that CBS wants to play it safe with the series, producer Alex Kurtzman has confirmed that a hypothetical second season probably won't arrive until "the early side of 2019". That said, Kurtzman did confirm that a second season is already on the minds of him and his team. Telling THR:

"We have a larger picture for season two — if we’re lucky to get a season two order. As you’re breaking the season you get bunch of ideas you love and realize they won’t fit in this season, so you put them on index cards and up on the board. We have a bunch of those as well as 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. We have an emotional compass pointing toward a big idea for a second season."

He also suggested that Discovery will avoid the standard 22+ episode season American shows are known for.

"I always like less. I’d never do 22, that’d be a big mistake. If we get a second season, I’d like us to agree on a number in advance so we can make sure we are planning accordingly."

So far, though, things have been looking good for Discovery. 9.6 million people watched CBS's broadcast of the first episode (predicted to rise over the next seven days to 15 million when accounting for delayed viewing), and CBS has confirmed that it led to a record number of people subscribing to the All Access streaming service.

While the network hasn't revealed any numbers, CBS revealed that the launch of Discovery broke the record for subscriber sign-ups in a single day. That, combined with other content like NFL streaming, means All Access had the best day, week, and month ever in terms of sign-ups.

It's no guarantee that a second season will be greenlit, but it's a very good start. Presumably Netflix metrics will be taken into consideration as well, seeing as how the service reportedly paid a ridiculous amount of money for the show's international streaming rights. [THR via ScreenRant]

*Also plenty of negativity, but I'm trying to be optimistic.

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