CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery renewed, will return to Space

Bell Media has confirmed that new episodes of the Toronto-shot series will return to its linear and OTT services.

CBS All Access has greenlit a third season of the Toronto-shot TV series Star Trek: Discovery.

Bell Media confirmed to Playback Daily it has acquired the new season for linear (Space) and OTT (Crave), with production set to begin at a later date.

U.S. producer Michelle Paradise will join Alex Kurtzman as co-showrunner for season three. Kurtzman, who served as showrunner on the first two seasons, has also been tasked with overseeing the expansion of the Star Trek franchise for CBS Studios. Among those is an untitled Star Trek series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart.

The renewal comes almost three years since CBS revealed that Toronto would host production on the new incarnation of the Star Trek franchise. Bell Media later acquired the exclusive Canadian rights to the show in a deal with CBS Studios International. At the time, Bell Media also picked up more than 700 episodes from the Star Trek franchise for its Crave SVOD service.

The season-three greenlight comes as CBS increases its focus on Toronto as a hub for its content pipeline, but also as questions on the sustainability of output deals have swirled following the entry of OTT services like CBS All Access into the Canadian market.

In September, the U.S. net revealed it will open a 260,000-square-foot studio in Mississuaga to house production on upcoming original series. Set to open in mid-2019, the development and ongoing management of the facility will be overseen by John Weber and Frank Siracusa (of Take 5 Productions and Whizbang Films, respectively), who are executive producers on Discovery.

The first two seasons of Discovery shot at Pinewood Toronto Studios, which is majority owned by Bell Media. It has not yet been confirmed where season three of the series will be shot.