The Paramount+ series following Captain Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery will conclude after its fifth season, which premieres early 2024.
Prepare for your final voyage. Despite a slew of Star Trek renewals last year at Paramount+, Star Trek: Discovery will end in 2024 with its fifth season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
While filming is mostly complete, additional shoots have been ordered to give the series a satisfactory conclusion. Also recently photon torpedoed is Star Trek: Picard, which will wrap after its current third season.
In a statement about the decision, executive producers and co-showrunners Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise wrote, “As lifelong fans of Star Trek, it has been an immense honor and privilege to help bring Star Trek: Discovery to the world. The Trek universe means so much to so many — including us — and we couldn’t be prouder of everything Discovery has contributed to its legacy, particularly with representation. If just one person sees themselves, or the possibilities for their future, in a new way because of Discovery, then we think we’d have made Gene Roddenberry very proud. Of course, there would be no Discovery without Sonequa Martin-Green and the extraordinary team of artists, both in front of and behind the camera, who have brought this show to life. Their passion and determination to make every episode special has been deeply inspiring; so too has their love and support for one another and their genuine love for Star Trek. Discovery has truly become a family over the years — and we couldn’t be more grateful to be part of it. To the fans around the world, thank you for joining us on this incredible journey. Your love for these characters and your excitement for every episode, every season, has meant the world to us. We can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been working on for this final season; we appreciate your patience in the meantime and trust us when we say it’ll be worth the wait. We love you all! LLAP”
Discovery premiered in 2017 and ushered the Star Trek universe into its new televised era. Season 4 found Captain Burnham and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery facing a threat unlike any they’ve ever encountered. With Federation and non-Federation worlds alike feeling the impact, they confront the unknown and work together to ensure a hopeful future for all.
“When we first started talking about the return of Star Trek eight years ago, we never could have imagined the indelible impact Star Trek: Discovery would have,” said David Stapf, president of CBS Studios in a statement. “The series brought back a beloved global franchise, and just like its predecessors Discovery honored Star Trek’s legacy of ‘infinite diversity in infinite combinations,’ representing the best of what we could be as humans when we celebrate our differences.”
The series is produced by CBS Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Kurtzman, Paradise, Heather Kadin, Aaron Baiers, Olatunde Osunsanmi, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers. Kurtzman and Paradise serve as co-showrunners.
Most recently, VFX vendors on the show have included Crafty Apes, Ghost VFX, Outpost VFX, Pixomondo, Storm Studios, Switch VFX, and Vast.
Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on Paramount+ in early 2024 and will run for 10 episodes.