CBS All Access’ flagship Star Trek series Discovery geared up for Season 3 on October 15, but plans are already underway for Season 4. Although the COVID-19 shutdown delayed production, co-creator Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek Into Darkness) announced in August that the show’s team of writers were able to “get quite ahead in scripts” for the next season, with filming to begin at Toronto’s Pinewood Studios on November 2. Kurtzman indicated that the crew will work in “pods” to minimize the risk of spreading the Coronavirus as they push the acclaimed series forward with new worlds and new civilizations.
Co-created by Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller (Hannibal), Discovery takes place approximately a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, and stars Sonequa Martin-Green (The Walking Dead) as Michael Burnham, a female science specialist aboard the eponymous starship. She co-stars with Doug Jones (The Shape of Water), Shazad Latif (BBC’s Spooks), Anthony Rapp (Rent), Mary Wiseman (Baskets), Jason Isaacs (The OA), Wilson Cruz (Rent), Anson Mount (Marvel’s Inhumans), and David Ajala (Jupiter Ascending).
Recurring performers and guest stars for the show have included Michelle Yeoh (Crazy Rich Asians) as Philippa Georgious, captain of the USS Shenzhou, Rainn Wilson (The Office) as Harry Mudd, Tig Notaro (Lucy in the Sky) as Jett Reno, chief engineer of the USS Hiawatha, and Ethan Peck (Eden) as the iconic Enterprise first officer Mr. Spock. He will additionally reprise that role for the upcoming Trek series Strange New Worlds.
Directors for Seasons 1-3 include Kurtzman, Star Trek: The Next Generation star (and Star Trek: First Contact director) Jonathan Frakes, and Akiva Goldsman, who currently works on the other Star Trek series Picard. Along with Discovery, Strange New Worlds and Picard, the latter of which is currently developing its second season, there’s another live-action series in development, the yet-untitled Section 31-related show, as well as two animated series, Lower Decks and the upcoming Prodigy. With more different kinds of stories being told within that expansive, 50-plus-year universe, the Star Trek renaissance guarantees that fans will boldly go – and continue to go – where no one has gone before.
Watch Season 3 of Discovery now on CBS All Access.
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