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Star Trek: Discovery is the sixth live-action series set in the Star Trek universe and the seventh in total. Created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, Discovery is set a decade before Star Trek: The Original Series, set primarily aboard the starship USS Discovery.
The first series to be developed for the CBS All Access subscription platform, it began airing on 24 September 2017, with a preview broadcast of the premiere episode, "The Vulcan Hello", on the CBS network; the second episode being released on All Access on the same day. In the US, subsequent episodes will be exclusive to CBS All Access, being released on successive Sundays until 12 November 2017, when a mid-season break until January 2018 will begin.   Outside the US, the series is available on Netflix, except in Canada, where Space and Z carry the series in English and French respectively.
The series was announced by StarTrek.com on 2 November 2015. According to the press release, "The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966." 
- Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham
- Doug Jones as Saru
- Shazad Latif as Ash Tyler
- Anthony Rapp as Paul Stamets
- Mary Wiseman as Sylvia Tilly
- Jayne Brook as Katrina Cornwell
- Mary Chieffo as L'Rell
- Conrad Coates as Terral
- Emily Coutts as Keyla Detmer
- Wilson Cruz as Hugh Culber
- James Frain as Sarek
- Mia Kirshner as Amanda Grayson
- Patrick Kwok-Choon as Rhys
- Clare McConnell as Dennas
- Kenneth Mitchell as Kol
- Sara Mitich as Airiam
- Ali Momen as Kamran Gant
- Chris Obi as T'Kuvma
- Oyin Oladejo as Joann Owosekun
- Ronnie Rowe, Jr. as R.A. Bryce
- Christopher Russell as Milton Richter
- Damon Runyan as Ujilli
- Terry Serpico as Brett Anderson
- Rekha Sharma as Ellen Landry
- Sam Vartholomeos as Danby Connor
- Chris Violette as Britch Weeton
- Romaine Waite as Troy Januzzi
- Rainn Wilson as Harry Mudd
- Michelle Yeoh as Philippa Georgiou
DIS Season 1, 15 episodes:
|The Vulcan Hello||1x01||101||1207.3||2017-09-24|
|Battle at the Binary Stars||1x02||102||1207.3||2017-09-24|
|Context Is for Kings||1x03||103||Unknown||2017-10-01|
|The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry||1x04||104||Unknown||2017-10-08|
|Choose Your Pain||1x05||105||Unknown||2017-10-15|
|Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad||1x07||107||2136.8-2137.2||2017-10-29|
|Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum||1x08||108||1308.9||2017-11-05|
|Into the Forest I Go||1x09||109||Unknown||2017-11-12|
|The Wolf Inside||1x11||111||Unknown||2018-01-14|
|What's Past Is Prologue||1x13||113||1834.2||2018-01-28|
|The War Without, The War Within||1x14||114||Unknown||2018-02-04|
|Will You Take My Hand?||1x15||115||Unknown||2018-02-11|
DIS Season 2, 14 episodes:
William Shatner claimed, "Yes, I heard about the new series. Why is it such a surprise? 3 movie deals and then a new series [has] been in the cards since 2007-2008."  After the release of the Star Trek reboot in 2009, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci pitched an animated series to CBS, similar to their series Transformers: Prime for The Hub (now Discovery Family).  However, Orci said the success of the first film did not indicate whether a new show would be viable, explaining, "One movie doesn't make a trend. Two movies starts to indicate that there is a trend and it's viable. It will become more real as the year goes on." 
By 2009, Bryan Fuller desired to produce a new live-action Star Trek series. "I told my agent and told the people of J.J. Abrams' team I want to create another Star Trek series and have an idea that I'm kicking around," he explained.
I would love to return to the spirit of the old series with the colours and attitude [...] [of] the '60s fun and I would love to take it back to its origin [....] Star Trek has to recreate itself. Otherwise, all the characters start to feel the same. You always have a captain, a doctor, a security officer, and you have the same arguments based on those perspectives. It starts to feel too familiar. So all those paradigms where it takes place on a starship have to be shaken up. 
In 2013, after the release of Star Trek Into Darkness, a CBS Studios representative reiterated interest in reviving Star Trek for television, in response to a comment from Abrams that he had heard the studio was not interested.  On 19 January 2014, Fuller stated he "would drop everything" in order to become the showrunner for a Star Trek television series, commenting,
I think it's finding a philosophy about it [that would be important], and I think there is such an interesting philosophy happening now with our identity as a planet and taking responsibility for what's happening on the planet, and I think I would make it about identity, in a specific way. 
Meanwhile, however, Brannon Braga mentioned "the word on the street" was that "they probably won't do one until the movies have run their course," while Rod Roddenberry concurred with this by saying he believed there would not be another series until after the conclusion of the films.   In an October 2015 interview, comics writer Mike Johnson suggested the Tholians might "cause major trouble for the Federation" in the next Star Trek television series. ("Top 50 Alien Species!", Star Trek: Ongoing issue #50, "Live Evil, Part 1") Another idea for a new live-action Star Trek series, conceived by Worf actor Michael Dorn, would have focused on Worf as a captain. As early as 7 November 2015, Dorn confirmed the newly announced series will not be the concept he had wanted. 
Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu all offered money to distribute the show,  but CBS Corporation President and CEO Leslie Moonves opted to develop the series as CBS All Access' first piece of original content, anticipating that millions would subscribe to watch the show. He also revealed,
Our international distribution guy is going crazy; he can't wait to get out to the marketplace and sell [it]. Right away, we're more than halfway home on the cost of the show from international alone. The risk is small in seeing the track record. Robert Hewitt Wolfe speculated the decision also "allows for good budgets so it makes sense for Star Trek." 
When we began discussions about the series returning to television, we immediately knew that Bryan Fuller would be the ideal person to work alongside Alex Kurtzman to create a fresh and authentic take on this classic and timeless series. Bryan is not only an extremely gifted writer, but a genuine fan of Star Trek. Having someone at the helm with his gravitas who also understands and appreciates the significance of the franchise and the worldwide fan base was essential to us.Fuller himself said, "It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand new iteration of Star Trek with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no Star Trek series has gone before." Added Kurtzman,
Bringing Star Trek back to television means returning it to its roots, and for years those roots flourished under Bryan's devoted care. His encyclopedic knowledge of Trek canon is surpassed only by his love for Gene Roddenberry's optimistic future, a vision that continues to guide us as we explore strange new worlds. 
On 26 February 2016, it was announced that Nicholas Meyer will be joining the show as a consulting writer and producer.  In an interview conducted the next day, Meyer expressed hope in getting to write some episodes, but was not yet sure how big the writing staff will be. Still to begin work on the show, Meyer said he was waiting to be notified when to do so. He did, however, have some ideas about what the new show will entail. Meyer elaborated,
I think it's going to be a different Star Trek. It will go in a different direction. And I think that is probably good. Because the thing that mainly troubles me about Star Trek is the fear of it being maybe re-treads of itself [....] And I think that Bryan [Fuller] – who is a very clever fellow – has ideas – some of which I’ve heard – that are innovative and different. Different is what got me interested.
On 22 April 2016, Pop Goes The News reported that it would be filmed in Toronto, Canada, saying CBS had booked studio space back in September 2015.  According to CBS' VP of communications, Kristen Hall, however, CBS hadn't yet confirmed the shooting location by this point. 
Also in April 2016, Mark Worthington was confirmed as the series' production designer. Worthington's resume, in addition to confirming his own involvement, also revealed that Alex Kurtzman would direct the pilot episode. 
On 3 May 2016, it was reported that the show would be available in weekly installments rather than a whole season all at once. Its premiere would simultaneously air on CBS' TV network and All Access, with subsequent episodes exclusive to All Access (for US viewers). 
On 6 June 2016, it was reported that the project's code name might be "Green Harvest".  The Canadian industry union IATSE 873 confirmed the working title as "Green Harvest" and dated the filming between 26 September 2016 and 15 March 2017. 
In a red carpet interview at the Saturn Awards on 22 June 2016, Fuller revealed that the first season will be comprised of a thirteen-episode story arc. Filming will take place from September 2016 to March 2017.  This will be the second season-long story arc in Star Trek history, the first having been in season 3 of Enterprise.
Fuller noted, "We are not subject to broadcast standards and practices. So we can have profanity if we choose – not that I want to see a Star Trek with lots of profanity. But we can certainly be more graphic than you would on broadcast network television."  That also means episodes can be longer than a typical broadcast show. 
On 18 July 2016, Netflix was announced as the international broadcaster for the series in countries where it is available outside the US and Canada. In Canada, the series will air on Space in English and on Z in French. 
On 1 August 2016, Bryan Fuller suggested that the series would be set prior to The Original Series, stating that the registry number of the Discovery was a clue as to the placement of the series in the timeline. He also stated that it would be possible to read a connection, "or not", to Section 31 in some aspect of the first season. 
On 10 August 2016, Bryan Fuller announced that the series will take place in 2255.  According to Fuller, the basis for the first season will incorporate "an incident in the history of Starfleet that had been talked about but never fully explored." 
In a radio interview on 27 August 2016, Fuller revealed more details. The female lead will be the first officer of the Discovery and referred to as "Number one", honoring Majel Barrett-Roddenberry's character from TOS: "The Cage". 
Variety reported on 26 October 2016 that Bryan Fuller would no longer oversee day-to-day operations on the show, but would remain executive producer. He will remain involved in breaking stories and providing support for showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts. Sources indicated that CBS, while satisfied with the materials he has created, was concerned that Fuller had too much on his plate with his involvement in other work. This included Starz's then-upcoming drama American Gods.  Akiva Goldsman joined the show to provide additional support.  Fuller later clarified with Newsweek on 2 December 2016 that he was no longer involved with the production. 
According to issue #1 of the 2017 Emmy Magazine, p. 21, Star Trek: Discovery has a reported budget of US$6 to US$7 million per episode. 
At the CBS upfront presentation on 17 May 2017, it was announced the first season has been extended to fifteen episodes. Talking Trek (now After Trek), a post-episode discussion show, was also announced. 
Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg have said the characters will be more conflicted and not as perfect as characters from previous Star Trek series. Harberts said they would hold true to Gene Roddenberry's idealised view of future Humans with "how we solve those conflicts. So we do have our characters in conflict, we do have them struggling with each other, but it's about how they find a solution and work through their problems." 
Having the female protagonist be given the traditionally male name of Michael is one of Fuller's signature motifs: other examples include Chuck in Pushing Daises and Jaye on Wonderfalls. 
In contrast to previous shows, the writers are ready to kill off characters even if their actors aren't planning to leave the series. 
Due to Gene Roddenberry's belief religion would die out by the 23rd century, writer Kirsten Beyer felt references to God should be avoided, quipping to Jason Isaacs when he ad-libbed on set "for God's sakes", that "for f—’s sake" would be more likely.  Gretchen Berg later clarified, "I don't necessarily agree with [Isaacs'] quote. On a show about diversity and with different points of view, I feel like you have to accept that some people believe in God, some people want to worship a potato, and some people don't want to believe in anything. I think there is room for that on Star Trek."  Harberts later confirmed that the incident had been taken out of context and was specific to Lorca at that juncture, not the show in general. He also expressed interest in exploring the issue of faith or lack of it in later episodes. 
Even when the series was yet to begin airing, a second season had already been mapped out, with a third season beginning to be mapped out. 
The writers regularly consult Memory Alpha. According to Harberts, the series' writing team are themselves "fanatical" about fact-checking the information they discover on the wiki. For example, they sometimes rewatch, or ask researcher Anthony Maranville to rewatch, an entire episode based on a single detail from one of Memory Alpha's many entries. 
Writing for Season 2 began in January of 2018. 
Bryan Fuller was adamant the Klingon make-up be updated for the show. Aaron Harberts noted, "In the different versions of Trek, the Klingons have never been completely consistent. We will introduce several different houses with different styles."  According to Neville Page, who also designed the Klingons in Star Trek Into Darkness, Fuller mandated most of them should be bald. Page, and fellow lead designer, Glenn Hetrick continued to identify the baldness as an enduring part of Fuller's intentions for the Klingons, allowing them to reveal what was on their heads (such as in "Episode 5" of After Trek).
The teaser clip presented at the San Diego Comic-Con on 23 July 2016 was scored by Fil Eisler as an audition for the show. At the following year's panel, Jeff Russo was announced as the series' composer, and it was revealed that he had already completed work on the Discovery theme.  Russo recorded the theme, along with the score for the first episode, with a sixty-piece orchestra in Los Angeles on 27 July 2017. 
Russo will return for Season 2. 
The show will have a female lead.  The first cast member, Michelle Yeoh, was revealed by Nicholas Meyer in an interview on 22 November 2016.  Anthony Rapp and Doug Jones were confirmed the following week. 
Bryan Fuller commented that the cast should be diverse. "Star Trek is a show of firsts. And in researching the characters for this new iteration of Star Trek, I've been talking to Mae Jemison, who's the first black woman in space, and who saw Star Trek in the '60s and who saw Nichelle Nichols on the bridge of a ship and said, 'I see myself in space.' So there's something wonderful about the legacy that Nichelle Nichols represents as giving a gift to people who weren't previously able to see themselves in the future. We are going to be continuing that tradition of progressive casting and progressive character work to be an inclusive world." He also said "eventually, eventually" there will be appearances from previously established characters. 
On 24 May 2016, it was reported that some fans wished to see Castle and Firefly alumnus Nathan Fillion in the series.  It was even suggested that this was why Fillion ended his commitment to Castle.  Bryan Fuller ideally wanted Angela Bassett and Rosario Dawson; Bassett declined due to prior obligations, and there is no evidence Dawson was ever approached for consideration. 
Early news stories of Sonequa Martin-Green's casting in December 2016 identified her character as "Lieutenant Commander Rainsford";  CBS' official announcement on 3 April 2017 changed the name to "Burnham".
On 28 April 2017, it was announced that Shazad Latif had been re-cast as Lt. Tyler, being replaced in the role of Kol by Kenneth Mitchell. Three other cast members were also added: Rekha Sharma as Commander Landry, Clare McConnell as Dennas, and Damon Runyan as Ujilli. 
Marina Sirtis has expressed interest in reprising her role as Deanna Troi in a phone interview with MZNOW, saying, "I loved playing her... It would be interesting to me to go back now, twenty years later and kind of go 'who did she become? Who is she now?' I would find that very interesting, and I would love to do that." 
Both Kate Mulgrew and Jeri Ryan have expressed interest in reprising their roles as Kathryn Janeway and Seven of Nine respectively. In an interview with the TODAY show, Mulgrew said, "I want to be the admiral and I want to boss them around." Ryan, in an interview with Digital Spy, said, "My understanding is that it's in a very different world from any of the previous shows – but never say never. It'd be fun to just drop in and revisit her – not that I want to revisit her all the time!" 
In an interview with "Variety", Martin-Green's Walking Dead co-star Andrew Lincoln expressed his desire to appear on the show, possibly with alien make-up on. 
According to Michael Dorn's publicist, brief discussions were held between Discovery producers and Dorn about a possible role on the show, but that there are no plans for him to appear on it at this time. An Orlando Sentinel writer expanded on the publicist's statement by stating that Dorn was offered less than one percent of what he had been paid for his last appearance as Worf. 
The show's title was revealed by Bryan Fuller at the San Diego Comic-Con on 23 July 2016 with a clip of the title ship, the USS Discovery (NCC-1031).   The promo was produced in three weeks and scored by Fil Eisler as an audition for the show. It greatly resembled the Ralph McQuarrie concept art for the canceled film Star Trek: Planet of the Titans, which the staff could not confirm at the time for legal reasons. 
Fuller also announced, at a press junket immediately thereafter, the show would be set in the prime timeline, though Fuller declined to say exactly when in that timeline it would be set.
↑ John Van Citters has chosen "DSC" as the series' official abbreviation.  This is consistent with the studio's use of "VGR" for Star Trek: Voyager, but MA will use the abbreviation "DIS" for Discovery, for consistency with using "VOY" for Voyager.
Ahead of the CBS upfront presentation on 17 May 2017, the first official promotional image of the series was released, featuring Yeoh and Martin-Green in character on location in Jordan.  At the presentation, Martin-Green appeared to debut the first full trailer for the series, which was released online immediately afterward.  A trailer featuring the same footage recut was released by Netflix at the same time. 
The first official teaser poster for the series was released alongside the trailer, with a second released to accompany the announcement of the season premiere date. Two further limited edition posters were released at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2017. At the Discovery panel on 22 July 2017, a second full trailer debuted, featuring the first footage of Isaacs' Captain Lorca and Wilson's Harry Mudd. The trailer was released online shortly after the panel.  
At the Mission New York convention in September 2016, it was announced that IDW Publishing would produce comics (written by Mike Johnson) and that Pocket Books would produce novels (the first by David Mack) tying into the series. Both tie-in lines are coordinated with the events of the series, and are supervised by Discovery writer Kirsten Beyer. 
In August 2017, it was announced that Star Trek Timelines would be updated to include characters and ships from Discovery, including Philippa Georgiou, Michael Burnham and Saru.   In October 2017, more Discovery characters were added to the game including Gabriel Lorca, Ash Tyler and Harry Mudd.  A month-long event, Discovery: A New Frontier, gave players the opportunity to acquire other characters and ships from the series. 
In September 2017, to mark the start of the series, Perfect World made Discovery's Starfleet uniform available to players of Star Trek Online for a limited period.  In January 2018, the publisher announced that the "Discovery Lock Box" would be added to the game, giving players the chance to win ships, weapons and equipment based on those of the series, including the Crossfield-class, the Sarcophagus, and the Walker-class.  The game's fifth expansion, Age of Discovery, will allow players to create a character from the Discovery era, and is slated for release in the autumn of 2018. 
Anovos produced a phaser pistol prop replica in December 2017  and plans to release a phaser rifle late in 2018. It began to retail Starfleet uniforms (replica costumes) in the summer of 2018  and markets upscale "Studio-Scale Filming Miniatures" of the USS Discovery, USS Shenzhou and USS Enterprise (as seen in DIS), along with a number of Eaglemoss and QMx products.   Rubie's Costume Company also produces DIS costumes.
In January 2018, Eaglemoss Collections' Hero Collector brand premiered the Star Trek: Discovery The Official Starships Collection partwork which featured starships and dedication plaques from the series. The USS Enterprise (as seen in the series) will also be released in the original Official Starships Collection and polyresin busts of DIS characters will be featured in the company's Star Trek: The Official Busts Collection.
Beginning in August 2018, McFarlane Toys began to retail a series of seven-inch articulated figures which will eventually feature characters from DIS.    Toy weapons and accessories for role-play were planned but the production of phaser pistol toys was halted after regulatory issues (and the ensuing retailer reticence) came to light, due to the toys' perceived resemblance to real firearms.
Gentle Giant released a Saru bust in the summer of 2018, followed by figurines of Michael Burnham and the Torchbearer. Its toy division, Gentle Giant Toys, announced that it planned to release Fleet Flyers "starship danglers" in the autumn of 2018 but they did not reach retail.  
Rick Berman responded to the new series with cautious optimism. On his Twitter feed, he tweeted, "I wish them nothing but good luck and smooth sailing. Just hope it stays true to Gene's vision." 
Brannon Braga likewise wished the new series well, commenting on his Twitter feed, "Star Trek is a vast canvass with many artists. Constantly evolving. Godspeed to Mr Kurtzman."  Braga additionally remarked, "Hopefully with the new series they can get back to more meditative storytelling." In Braga's opinion, the new series is vital to ensuring Star Trek continues for another fifty years. He stated, "It's all about making sure the next television show is really good and finds a new generation of viewers to keep it going." (SFX, issue 270, p. 68) He later commented, "With Discovery, I am honestly as excited to see it as any other Star Trek fan. I devour each new trailer the moment it comes out." 
Robert Hewitt Wolfe admitted to not knowing anything about the new series, apart from having read about it online, and stated he is currently too busy to write for it. He also commented, "Sounds like it could be great though." As for the way the new series will be released, he stated, "Subscription streaming is an extremely successful model & allows for good budgets so it makes sense for Star Trek." Wolfe tweeted a "congrats" message to Bryan Fuller, upon him being named as the series' showrunner, adding, "You have the conn. Do us proud."   
As for whether he and wife Denise Okuda will be involved in working on the new series, Michael Okuda remarked, "We'd love to be involved. Kurtzman already has a talented, experienced team from the last two films, but who knows?"  Regarding the announcement that the series will be run by Bryan Fuller, Michael Okuda stated, "Congrats, Bryan! Go boldly!" 
Former Star Trek science consultant André Bormanis has stated, "When it comes back to TV, I hope they do something more in the spirit of the original. Everybody in Hollywood who has ever had even the smallest association with Star Trek I'm sure has a 'How would you do the next Star Trek?' answer. I would probably do something a little more like Captain Pike's adventures. Go back to that era where it was a little more rugged, a little more fifties' sci-fi sensibility." (The Fifty-Year Mission: The Next 25 Years, p. 39)
Press reactions to the series' announcement pondered how Star Trek could appeal to a new generation and compete against darker, more mature shows of the 21st century, like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Ronald D. Moore's reboot of Battlestar Galactica.     National Post felt there was no need for a new series, arguing Star Trek had become a quaint retrofuture series akin to Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers.  The Independent was one of the few to argue the optimistic future of Star Trek would make a welcome antidote. 
Other articles concentrated on the decision to produce the series for streaming, with some expressing deep cynicism over the idea.    Others noted the decision was a win-win in terms of keeping the series going.    
Den of Geek and io9 noted most fans would prefer the show be set after The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and Voyager instead of in the same timeline as the film series.   UK magazine SFX reported that was the most wanted request for the series. Other requests, in order of most desired, included: having the new crew undertake a multi-year mission in a starship rather than having them occupy a space station; focusing on controversial social issues; retaining a sense of fun; and introducing new alien species and technology. The magazine also determined that their readers' "dream cast" for the series included Dan Stevens as the captain, Rooney Mara as the first officer, Gina Torres as the doctor, Nick Frost as the engineer, and Wil Wheaton as the Federation President. (SFX, issue 270, pp. 36-37) USGamer expressed hope that the series' success could revive interest in Star Trek video games after the failure of the movie tie-in. 
During an interview given at CinemaCon (11-14 April 2016), Brent Spiner commented that "looking at such a pedigree" working for the show, he thinks it is going to be fantastic. He also remarked that J.J. Abrams allegedly just became a producer of the show.  In an interview with SFX magazine (issue 275, p. 67) that was published around the same time, Spiner remarked, laughing, that all the new series had to do in order to work in the 21st century was simply "to be there." He added, "And just be entertaining [....] And I think there's a good chance it'll work. There's a really great bunch of people attached to that project, really talented people. I have no doubt that's going to be a really huge success."
|Star Trek television series|
|The Original Series • The Animated Series • The Next Generation • Deep Space Nine • Voyager • Enterprise • Discovery • Untitled Picard series • Lower Decks|
|Companion series: After Trek • Short Treks|
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