Star Trek: Discovery Changes Showrunners Again

Berg and Harberts out, Kurtzman in.

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Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery is currently in production, ahead of a 2019 premiere. The series was being overseen by showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, who replaced Bryan Fuller early into the production of Season 1. It has now been reported that Berg and Harberts have themselves left the show, with producer Alex Kurtzman taking over as showrunner.

Kurtzman's new role was confirmed in a statement from CBS Television Studios, which produces Discovery. It reads, "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."

Kurtzman has been involved with the show since the very start and remains the most consistent figure amongst the various behind-the-scenes personnel changes. Fuller was originally appointed as showrunner, but in October 2016, he left the show to focus on Starz's American Gods. Berg and Harberts were already involved as executive producers and took over from Fuller.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, there were a number of rumored reasons for their departure, including a ballooning budget for Season 2's premiere episode and disagreements with members of the show's writing team. The site notes that the production was due to go on a planned hiatus soon, and that the change of showrunners will not affect its schedule.

In April, it was reported that Inhumans star Anson Mount will join Season 2 in the role of Captain Christopher Pike, the predecessor of James T. Kirk at the helm of the USS Enterprise. The arrival of Pike was first teased in the Season 1 finale when the USS Discovery came face-to-face with the iconic Star Trek vessel.

In related news, it has also been revealed that there are in fact two separate Star Trek movies in development. Although the direction of the franchise on the big screen has been uncertain following the commercial disappointment of 2016's Star Trek Beyond, Paramount boss Jim Gianopulos confirmed that it was still an active property at the studio. While we don't know what these projects are, one of them could be the Star Trek movie that Quentin Tarantino has been reportedly developing.

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Am i the only one that hates this prequil shit? I wanna see a show after the ds9 dominion wars.

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Long time trekkie but all the posturing they did before the show even started put me off and the direction the movies took killed all interest in the franchise. Bit like Star Wars really.

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I watched maybe 5 episodes and then decided no more. I hated most of the lead characters. It was disappointing, as I loved Enterprise.

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star trek beyond

was offensively bad

the ultimate in style over substance

sent me running back to ds9 and next gen.

discovery is poor.

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Honestly, not impressed. I am an absolute die-hard fan of almost anything Trek, from the original show, all the way to the reboot movies, but this...I saw the ship designs they were putting out, most of them didn't even remotely feel like something from the Trek universe, and several actually violated the principles of science in the Trek universe. (Which are actually explained. It may be fiction, but it has actual scientific laws explained.) Don't even get me started on the re-redesign of the Klingons, AGAIN. Rather just watch Star Trek Continues, at least that one tries to be faithful to the source material, even if it is fan created.

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Was Star Trek by name alone, the Orville was a Star Trek 'homage' but did it far better than this crap!

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I don't like that they played it so safe with this one and the international people got it with Netflix, but Americans have to get the CBS content service to watch it. No thanks.

And season 2 is another prequel? Management is too afraid to take risks. What a shitshow.

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Absolutely abysmal show.

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I enjoyed the show for what it was, but what it was was a science fiction show set in space but with the names of things taken from Star Trek.

It didn't have the tone or look or feel of Star Trek at all. The jump from the original show to TNG was significant, but it wasn't as jarring as this.

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No way I'm paying to watch this show.

The movies have been very well done though, looking forward to more.

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Show was blah. Too focused on just one character. Story got pretty wacky. Didn't feel like Star Trek. Heck, Orville did a much better job feeling like Star Trek.

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Just cancel this shit. On the premise of first season, there is no way it is getting any better

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2019! Those lazy f#4%s!

Cannot even get a season every year anymore, and they aren't even doing the insane 23 episodes that network shows do.

Well at least that increases the chance there will not be a stupid month+ break in between. And maybe they can wise up and have it in 4k HDR Dolby Vision with Atmos Audio, and all episodes available at once! You know like Netflix or Amazon, the market leaders!

Bad enough they make you pay for their streaming service, then they do not even provide the same level of quality as the other services!

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@stm1185: Shows like Supernatural get more done than this shit! ST is pretty much dead these days!

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