Star Trek: Discovery premiered its pilot episode last night, but if the show returns for Season 2, don’t expect another September premiere.
On Monday, Discovery executive producer Alex Kurtzman spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, and he revealed that if CBS decides to renew the show for a second season, it likely wouldn’t come out until 2019.
“We want to take the right amount of time and don’t want to rush,” he said. ” … Ideally, on the early side of 2019.”
Star Trek: Discovery‘s first season, of course, went through some production issues and was delayed several times. It was originally scheduled to premiere in January 2017, but it was later pushed to May 2017. Executive producers Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman had asked CBS to give them more time, particularly so they could perfect the special effects. Later, the premiere was again delayed until September 2017, partially because Sonequa Martin-Green was going to be tied up shooting The Walking Dead.
While speaking to The Hollywood Reporter this week, Alex Kurtzman said that they really don’t want to have to delay the second season after so many delays on Season 1, so they’re going to give themselves more time.
“There have been preliminary conversations about when and how [a second season could air] and we’ve been very consistent in our message, which is that rather than announce a date and have to push again, let’s take into consideration everything we’ve learned from this season,” Kurtzman said. “Now we know what we can do and where the sand traps are, so let’s give ourselves ample time to announce a date that makes sense to everybody — both the needs of production and CBS.”
Of course, CBS has not actually ordered a second season of Star Trek: Discovery yet, but it seems unlikely that the series will not be renewed for more. The first part of Discovery‘s first season will wrap up in November, and then it will return in January 2018 to finish off Season 1. Based on what Kurtzman said here, it sounds like there will be about a year between the Season 1 finale and the hypothetical Season 2 premiere.
Traditionally, TV dramas aim to begin their new seasons at basically the same time every year, and so going by that schedule, Discovery Season 2 would begin in September 2018. But over the past few years, networks have become increasingly lax about extending hiatuses on shows with an extremely high production value. For instance, Game of Thrones began Season 7 in June 2017, but Season 8 isn’t even expected to premiere until early 2019. Westworld began its first season in October 2016, but the show is not expected back until early 2018. And Stranger Things Season 1 was released on Netflix in July 2016, but the second season isn’t scheduled to premiere until October 2017.