CBS waited until the day after season three premiered to officially announce what was already apparent, Star Trek: Discovery has been renewed for another season.
Discovery stars and producers announce return to production
The fourth season of Discovery begins production in Ontario, Canada on November 2nd. The announcement came today via a video featuring executive producers and co-showrunners Alex Kutzman and Michell Paradise, along with Sonequa Martin-Green (Michael Burnham) and Doug Jones (Saru). In the video, Kurtzman proudly proclaims, “We are back!” Martin-Green says she is “excited to be back on set… It’s going to be great to see everybody and I think we are really going to love on each other.”
Jones referred to the new world of production during a pandemic, saying:
“I’m looking forward to the one thing I look most forward to when we get to come back for another season of Star Trek: Discovery and that is to be reunited with my family again, the Discovery family… To be in the same room again, even if we can’t hug each other right away. I don’t know how it’s all going to work, but I can’t wait.”
[International fans can watch video at official site]
Producing Star Trek in the era of COVID
Prep work on Discovery has actually already started under new strict COVID protocols, including requiring cast and crew to quarantine before shooting. Picard and Strange New Worlds are expected to go into production in 2021. In the latest issue of SFX Magazine, Kurtzman talked about how the pandemic has shaken up the plan for three live-action Star Trek series:
“Things are just starting to shoot again. We would have been in production already on Picard, but we couldn’t be because of COVID. It’s pushed our Discovery and Strange New Worlds dates just a little bit, but I think we’re actually planning on staying on track for those.”
And last week Kurtzman talked to THR about how work on Clarice (a CBS series tied to Silence of the Lambs his Secret Hideout production company is shooting in Ontario) is informing the upcoming production on the Star Trek shows:
“We just started shooting a new show, and it’s been a real learning curve just in the three days that we’ve been doing it. The great news is that it’s very doable, but it’s a highly militarized operation, everything is slower. Between testing, and your set it doesn’t function like it used to function, there are groups that are vetted by the unions, pods within the groups themselves, there are rotations in and out of people so that if somebody gets sick in your pod, the pod just gets removed and another pod gets pushed in, but it doesn’t infect the whole group. It is a massive massive operation. And we haven’t even started that yet on the Star Trek shows.”
New episodes of Star Trek: Discovery premiere on Thursdays on CBS All Access in the U.S. and on CTV Sci-Fi Channel in Canada, where it’s also available to stream on Crave. Episodes will be available on Fridays internationally on Netflix.
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