If it’s worth doing, it’s worth…re-doing again.
EW has confirmed that Star Trek: Discovery is making another change in the writers’ room, replacing showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts with executive producer Alex Kurtzman, who’s already played a vital role in the CBS All Access franchise. This is the second big change at the top; Berg and Harberts took over for Bryan Fuller before the first season bowed on the streaming service in 2017.
“We’ve made some producer changes at Star Trek: Discovery. The series continues under the creative vision and leadership of executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman. Discovery remains on course for season two in 2019 with new and continuing stories that build on its successful premiere season,” according to a statement from CBS Television Studios, which produces the show for the streaming service.
The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the news.
Sources told THR that Berg and Harberts were replaced because of “leadership and operational issues,” not the creative direction of the show. Production is almost complete on the first five episodes of season 2; Kurtzman will help run episode 6 and beyond.
Discovery is expected to return in 2019. For more about season 2, check out our February interview with Kurtzman here.