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Star Trek: Discovery is getting a second season

CBS is prospering, so Discovery gets to live longer

Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham in the third episode of Star Trek: Discovery’s first season, “Context is for Kings.” Jan Thijs/CBS

At the beginning of this month, Star Trek: Discovery’s co-creator and executive producer, Alex Kurtzman told us that we wouldn’t have long to wait before we’d know if the show was getting renewed for another season. And he was right.

CBS announced today that Star Trek: Discovery has been renewed for a second season. Despite multiple delays and friction behind-the-scenes in the show’s preproduction — including fear from CBS that the show was too expensive to succeed — it seems to be doing quite well for the network.

“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 CBS Interactive president and COO Marc DeBevoise in a press release.

According to the release, the show has driven record subscriber sign-up numbers for CBS All Access. The subscription streaming service recently broke internal records with its best day, week and month of sign-up activity. It makes sense that CBS would want to continue that trend, both by renewing Discovery for a second season and by expanding its first season.

Star Trek: Discovery’s second season does not yet have a release date, but considering the production time on its first, and statements from Kurtzman, we shouldn’t expect it until 2019.

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