In the middle of filming Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery, showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts have been ousted from the show. Executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman will now take over.
Yes, there's been yet another showrunner switch over at Star Trek: Discovery. According to The Hollywood Reporter, showrunners Berg and Harberts are exiting the show due to issues related to leadership, after alleged complaints of verbal abuse came from inside the writers' room.
According to THR's sources, Harberts also threatened the writers who had complaints to try and keep them from reporting said issues to human resources. In addition, budget issues during production of the first five episodes of Season 2 have also been cited as a reason for the switch up.
Executive producer Kurtzman will take over showrunner duties for the rest of the season. CBS Television Studios gave the following statement to THR: "We’ve made some producer changes at Star Trek: Discovery. The series continues under the creative vision and leadership of executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman. Discovery remains on course for season two in 2019 with new and continuing stories that build on its successful premiere season."
In another change at the show, executive producer Akiva Goldsman reportedly did not return to Season 2 after personality clashes in the writers' room. And before Discovery premiered in 2017, Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) exited due to commitments on other projects, including American Gods, which he has also left.
Though there have been numerous bumps in the road, Kurtzman has been there since the beginning, so here's hoping the behind-the-scenes difficulties are able to be ironed out quickly as he takes over.