It’s official: the mission of the USS Discovery won’t end in 2019, as CBS has announced that Star Trek: Discovery has been renewed for a third season, as we’ve been expecting for some time.

While the writing team is already hard at work in Los Angeles to break out the storyline for next season’s Discovery adventure (as hinted by a few social media comments), full production is expected to begin on the show this summer in Toronto.

In addition, CBS has confirmed that current Discovery showrunner and Star Trek franchise boss Alex Kurtzman will remain in the role going in to the third year, and he’ll be joined by new co-showrunner Michelle Paradise who has been with the show in a writing capacity, scripting the upcoming ninth episode of Discovery Season 2 (“Project Daedalus”), airing next month.

Here’s the official release from CBS:

CBS ALL ACCESS RENEWS “STAR TREK: DISCOVERY” FOR THIRD SEASON

Feb. 27, 2019 – CBS All Access today announced the third season renewal of its hit original series STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. It was announced that Michelle Paradise will join Alex Kurtzman as co-showrunner of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’s third season. In addition to his role as showrunner of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, Kurtzman will continue to oversee the expansion of the growing “Star Trek” universe for CBS Studios.

“Michelle joined us midway through season two and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of ‘Trek,’” said Alex Kurtzman. “Her grasp of character and story detail, her drive and her focus have already become essential in ensuring the ‘Trek’ legacy, and her fresh perspective always keeps us looking forward. I’m proud to say Michelle and I are officially running STAR TREK: DISCOVERY together.”

“The massive success of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’s second season launch exceeded our expectations in both driving subscriber growth and generating a phenomenal response from ‘Star Trek’ fans,” said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content, CBS All Access. “With Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise at the helm, we look forward to continuing STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’s journey, growing the ‘Star Trek’ franchise on CBS All Access and bringing fans new ‘Star Trek’ stories for many years to come.”

Prior to serving as co-executive producer on STAR TREK: DISCOVERY’s second season, Michelle Paradise was co-executive producer on the television series “The Originals” on The CW. She also wrote for the series “Rogue” on the Audience network and The CW’s “Hart of Dixie.” Additionally, Paradise created, wrote and starred in the MTV/Logo series “Exes & Ohs.”

The third season of Discovery is likely to return for new episodes in mid-2020, after the first season of the still-untitled Picard Star Trek series completes its first season — that show is expected to enter active production in April 2019.

As for this season of Star Trek: Discovery, the show returns with “Light and Shadow,” the seventh episode of the year, this Thursday on CBS All Access and Space (and on Netflix this Friday).

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