Just one month after its series premiere, Star Trek: Discovery is beaming up for a second season, CBS announced Monday.
After a well-received series premiere that aired in prime time on the network, the series transitioned over to its permanent home on the CBS All Access streaming service, where it set new subscription records in the first day, week, and month of its run. Based on the strength of that performance, CBS ordered another run of episodes.
"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,” Marc DeBevoise, president and chief operating officer at CBS Interactive, told The Hollywood Reporter. "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."
The renewal is a triumph for a series that took much longer than initially expected to make it to the screen, after various production delays — including the departure of original showrunner Bryan Fuller — pushed its premiere back nearly a year. It's a triumph for All Access, a streaming service that had never undertaken a venture like Discovery before and that didn't carry the high profile of competitors like Netflix and Hulu.
According to executive producer Alex Kurtzman, we likely won't see the Season 2 premiere until the "early side of 2019," which will mean at least approximately a year of waiting for fans. Discovery will conclude the first half of its Season 1 run on November 12, before taking a hiatus for the holidays and returning with the remaining episodes in January.