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If Star Trek: Discovery Gets a Second Season, We Won’t Be Seeing It Until 2019

Well, there’s definitely a big ol’ bag of mixed opinions going on over last night’s Star Trek: Discovery premiere, but one thing’s for sure: According to TVLine, Discovery pulled in 9.6 million viewers, which is an amazing debut! Not only that, but CBS All Access had a record number of sign-ups because of the new show. As I said in my piece earlier today, Trek is back!

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If interest holds beyond the first two episodes, it’s likely that Star Trek: Discovery will get a Season 2 renewal. However, while there certainly no official word either way on that score, we do know that if there is a second season, we won’t be seeing it until 2019.

In a recent interview, Discovery co-creator Alex Kurtzman said that a Season 2 will take a while, but that there’s very good reason for that. What’s more, they already have story ideas:

“We have a larger picture for season two — if we’re lucky to get a season two order. As you’re breaking the season you get a bunch of ideas you love and realize they won’t fit in this season, so you put them on index cards and up on the board. We have a bunch of those as well as a big idea that emerged mid-to-late-season one for something we want to do for season two. That’s now become the spine of what we want to do for season two. We have an emotional compass pointing toward a big idea for a second season. But given the scope of this thing, we’re also focused on finishing strong.”

So, what exactly is the scope of this thing? It apparently took three to four months to produce one episode of the show from start to finish. If you were wondering why there were so many delays, that’s a big reason. However, Kurtzman hopes that fans will appreciate quality over speed and enjoy what has been produced enough to be patient through a long wait for more.

Thankfully, we have plenty more Star Trek: Discovery to enjoy this season!

(via Nerdist, image: screencap)

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Teresa Jusino
Teresa Jusino (she/her) is a native New Yorker and a proud Puerto Rican, Jewish, bisexual woman with ADHD. She's been writing professionally since 2010 and was a former TMS assistant editor from 2015-18. Now, she's back as a contributing writer. When not writing about pop culture, she's writing screenplays and is the creator of your future favorite genre show. Teresa lives in L.A. with her brilliant wife. Her other great loves include: Star Trek, The Last of Us, anything by Brian K. Vaughan, and her Level 5 android Paladin named Lal.

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