Development on Star Trek: Discovery has, at times, moved along at a glacial pace.
The CBS All Access series struggled to gain a foothold early on in production, when Bryan Fuller bowed out of showrunner duties due to his ongoing commitment to Starz’s American Gods, and though CBS quickly filled that vacant slot with Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg, the creative changeover has led to multiple delays. And so, after Discovery was bumped out of its January corridor in favor of a May premiere, the series is without a release date to call its own, leading many to stipulate that the Powers That Be over at CBS are gearing up to slate Star Trek: Discovery for fall 2017.
Filming is just now beginning to get underway, what with the addition of Jason Isaacs all but completing the star-studded crew of the U.S.S. Discovery, and when Vulture caught up with CBS Interactive president Marc DeBevoise, the executive remained coy about Discovery‘s actual due date.
It’s going great, I’ve actually been up there [to the set]. It is, you know, phenomenal. It is huge. And we’re very excited about the content, the creators, the actors, all coming together. As you said, we’re not tied to any specific release date. It’ll be there when we’re ready to do it, and when we feel it’s in a great place. We’re not worried about anything here. We’re excited, and we’ll have more specifics as we get closer to what will likely be the release dates.
If nothing else, DeBevoise’s comments aren’t cause for alarm; although he didn’t have any update on the situation, the CBS executive stressed that Star Trek: Discovery is “coming together.” It’s a PR answer, of course, but surely the network’s sci-fi series is starting to coalesce?
It’s “bigger, rawer and grittier” than the previous series – or so says Sonequa Martin-Green, who hopped over from The Walking Dead to play First Officer Michael Burnham – and though CBS is being coy about the actual release date, fans can at least take solace in the fact that Star Trek: Discovery is coming – just very, very slowly.