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Four 'Star Trek' series are in the works from 'Discovery' showrunner

June 19, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Get ready for more Trek than you can shake a phaser at. According to a report at Variety, CBS has signed a five-year deal with current Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman’s production company to expand the television franchise to new live action series, mini-series and possible animation.

Kurtzmann co-wrote the scripts for 2009’s Star Trek and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. Variety reports that there are several new shows set in the universe already in development, including a series set at Starfleet Academy from the same folks behind the CW reboot of Dynasty, Gossip Girl, and Hulu/Marvel’s Runaways. There are also two possible limited series, one based on the Wrath of Khan storyline, as well as an animated series with plot details kept under wraps. According to Variety, CBS Television studios gets exclusive rights to all the content Kurtmann and his production company Secret Hideout make over the next five years.

Even though Star Trek: Discovery was renewed for a second season, it’s had its share of production woes and platform issues. Last month, the showrunners who replaced Brian Fuller were again replaced by none other than Kurtzman himself.

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'Star Trek: Discovery' replaces its showrunners (again)

June 15, 2018 — by Engadget.com0

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Star Trek: Discovery was successful enough to be renewed for a second season, but it was plagued with production problems that eventually led to the departure of showrunner Brian Fuller. If you were hoping that things would calm down for season two, there’s more bad news: CBS just replaced Fuller’s replacements, Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts. Executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman, a Star Trek veteran of both films and TV shows, will take over the role.

“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,” CBS said in a statement. “Discovery remains on course for season two in 2019 with new and continuing stories that build on its successful premiere season.”

Berg and Kurtzman departed over “leadership and operational issues” and not for creative reasons, according to the Hollywood Reporter (THR). The showrunners had reportedly become abusive, and some writers became uncomfortable working on the series and threatened to file HR complaints, according to an unnamed source. Discovery was also reportedly well over budget.

The news isn’t all bad. Kurtzman will give the show some much needed stability, and CBS brass is reportedly pleased with the rough cuts and scripts they’ve seen so far. On its launch last year, Discovery gave CBS’ All Access paid streaming service a much-needed boost, and generally received good reviews. It should return in 2019 with the focus on a new character, Captain Christopher Pike (James T. Kirk’s predecessor), plaid by Anson Mount.