Looks like the crew of Discovery will be spending another season boldly going around the universe. CBS All Access has renewed Star Trek: Discovery for a second season well ahead of the series' first season finale. No information is currently available regarding the number of episodes planned, nor whether the season will be in a "chapter" format similar to the first season.
Premiering at the end of September, the newest installment in the Star Trek franchise broke the streaming service's single-day record for new subscriber sign-ups. The series premiere, which was also broadcast for free on CBS, garnered 9.6 million viewers and a 1.9 in the advertiser-cherished 18-49 demo.
Marc DeBevoise, President and Chief Operating Officer for CBS Interactive, had this to say:
"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. 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."
CBS All Access currently has six episodes of the series streaming, with new episodes released weekly after 8:30 p.m. ET on Sundays. Similar to what a number of series like AMC's The Walking Dead are doing, Star Trek: Discovery's first season will be split into two "chapters:" the first concludes on November 12th, with the second "chapter" of six episodes premiering in January 2018.
Star Trek: Discovery follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms — and the one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.
The cast includes Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Jason Isaacs, Anthony Rapp, Michelle Yeoh, Shazad Latif, Mary Wiseman, Mary Chieffo, and James Frain; and is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout, Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg, Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers.