A recent behind-the-scenes shakeup on “Star Trek: Discovery” saw first season showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts exiting, leaving co-creator/executive producer Alex Kurtzman onboard as sole showrunner for the currently in the midst of production.
The production was five episodes in when the pair exited right before a hiatus ahead of a resumption of filming on the sixth. Now it appears Kurtzman has enlisted a few others to join him with the most notable addition being James Duff.
Duff created TNT’s Kyra Sedgwick-led crime procedural “The Closer” and its spin-off “Major Crimes,” two of the most successful series on basic cable in the past decade, and will join ‘Discovery as an executive producer along with signing a new overall development deal with series producer CBS TV Studios. In a fun twist of fate, he’s had experience with the franchise – penning a first season episode of “Enterprise” back in 2001.
Additionally, “Rachel Getting Married” writer Jenny Lumet has been upgraded from consulting producer to co-executive producer, while former co-executive producer Olatunde Osunsanmi (“Sleepy Hollow,” “Bates Motel”) has been promoted to executive producer and will be the show’s main producer on set in Toronto. Duff will help Kurtzman run the writers room.