12:00pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Star Trek: Discovery' Renewed for Season 4 at CBS All Access
Star Trek: Discovery will return.
A day after its third-season launch, CBS All Access has handed out a fourth-season renewal for the cornerstone of its rapidly expanding Star Trek franchise. Production on the new season will resume Nov. 2. A return date has not yet been determined.
Franchise captain Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise will continue to serve as co-showrunners on season four of the drama from CBS TV Studios and starring Sonequa Martin-Green. Paradise in season three became the third showrunner to pilot Discovery. Kurtzman, who co-created the series alongside Bryan Fuller, took over for Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg after the duo were dismissed early in production of season two. Harberts and Berg replaced Fuller, who was also let go before Discovery's debut.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter's TV's Top 5 podcast this month, Kurtzman said he had the future of the Star Trek franchise mapped out through 2027. Discovery is the flagship of the Star Trek universe for CBS All Access, which, like other streamers, does not release viewership information. A Discovery spinoff, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, starring Anson Mount, Ethan Peck and Rebecca Romijn was recently ordered to series at CBS All Access.
That marks the third live-action Star Trek series and fourth overall for CBS All Access, joining the flagship Discovery, Patrick Stewart vehicle Picard and forthcoming animated series Lower Decks. Another Discovery spinoff — Section 31, starring Michelle Yeoh — is also in development for the streamer. A younger-skewing CG-animated series was recently picked up for CBS All Access corporate sibling Nickelodeon. All of them are exec produced by Kurtzman. All of the series hail from CBS TV Studios (where Kurtzman is under a rich overall deal), Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.
CBS All Access poised to be rebranded as Paramount+ as parent company ViacomCBS looks to broaden the platform to include more brands from its vast portfolio.
Watch a clip announcing the start of production on season four, below.