“Star Trek Discovery” S2 Not Until 2019?

With the first two episodes of “Star Trek: Discovery” having aired on Sunday night, the producers have talked about the show moving forward with next week’s third episode something of a ‘new pilot’ in the wake of the more self-contained two-episode premiere and a small a time jump between the second and third episodes.

Talk has also turned towards the second season and when it would air, something they’re more conservative about discussing following this first season undergoing numerous delays. Pressed to predict a date, producer Alex Kurtzman tells THR:

“Ideally, on the early side of 2019… There have been preliminary conversations about when and how [a second season could air] and we’ve been very consistent in our message, which is that rather than announce a date and have to push again, let’s take into consideration everything we’ve learned from this season.

Now we know what we can do and where the sand traps are, so let’s give ourselves ample time to announce a date that makes sense to everybody – both the needs of production and CBS. Breaking story is, in some ways, the easier and faster thing; it’s the ability to execute on it that’s much harder. We want to take the right amount of time and don’t want to rush.”

In terms of the production of the first season, Kurtzman confirms that filming on the finale is about to begin with the fourteenth episode about to wrap and the fifteenth and sixteenth about to begin shooting.

Post-production is underway on the other episodes in between with only the first four fully complete at this time. The fifth episode will undergo mixing this week.

“Star Trek: Discovery” airs Sunday nights on CBS All Access in the United States and Mondays in most other countries around the world.