CBS Renews 'Star Trek: Discovery' for Season 2
Just six episodes into its debut season, CBS has announced Star Trek: Discovery has been renewed for Season 2, which will air next year.
When Star Trek: Discovery first premiered, its chances for survival didn't seem promising; with only the pilot airing on network television, it was easy to imagine viewers dropping off, wary of the $9.99 monthly subscription fee to watch the show on CBS All Access.
But CBS' gambit seems to have paid off. Not only has the show grown and retained its audience, spreading impressively into a brand-new subscrition-based streaming service, Discovery just keeps getting better.
According to Marc DeBevoise, CEO of CBS Interactive:
While the viewer base for Discovery isn't as big as it would be if the show were on network television, there's enough interest from a niche audience to make the series profitable on within standalone streaming.
This is great news for science fiction fans – with CBS proving the power of tailoring content for passionate, niche audiences, more and more networks may start to commissioning similar speculative shows that might have seemed like an ill fit for prime-time viewing.
The other ingenious benefit to commissioning a second season of the new Star Trek show is that CBS gets to take advantage of assets it already owns.
The production costs associated with Discovery have been significant, to say the least, so it makes sense for CBS to want to spend a little more to top up what's already been sunk into the show in order to maximize the amount of content that's produced. These tools, props, and sets can also be reused should CBS decide to commission some delicious new nice sci-fi content in order to keep the interests of the exceptionally nerdy customer base they've cultivated for All Access.
Considering various people involved with the Star Trek movies are pessimistic about the future of the franchise on the big screen, it's promising to hear that the television revival is going strong, and could even potentially lead to a new big screen adventure.
We may not ever get the Father-Son Kirk movie we'd been promised, but we could see Sonequa Martin-Green fighting Klingons in two-hour cinematic glory in years to come.
Ultimately, Star Trek: Discovery has proven what fans of the franchise have known all along: there's a real need for an optimistic (if in this case somewhat aggressive and war-like) look at the future, which embraces inclusivity and diversity.
It's a good day to be a Star Trek fan. May Discovery live long, and prosper.