Star Trek: Discovery Fires Showrunners, Alex Kurtzman Taking Over

The space whale from Star Trek Discovery

I feel for fans of Star Trek: Discovery out there.

Sources tell Variety that tension had been building in the writers room as work continued on season two, which remains set to premiere in 2019.

THR notes that the changing of the guard comes during a pre-planned hiatus after production of the first batch of episodes for the second season.

"Sources say the decision to oust Berg and Harberts was based not on the creative but instead for leadership and operational issues", THR reports, explaining that the budget for season 2's premiere "ballooned", with repercussions for the rest of the season.

CBS Television Studios producers broke the news on Thursday in a statement given to the outlet: "We've made some producer changes at Star Trek: Discovery".

This time, showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, who took over the show when Bryan Fuller left initially, have been fired.

The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the showrunner change. Season 2 is now midway through production, with Kurtzman set to take the helm for Episode 6 and beyond. Multiple writers were allegedly uncomfortable working in the environment cultivated by Berg and Harberts, going so far as to threaten to file complaints with human resources or even resign from the series. The show is now filming Episode 5 of Season 2, which Harberts and Berg are expected to finish before executive producer Alex Kurtzman takes over for the remainder of the series. The show is scheduled to take a production break after Episode 5 to allow him time to take over and the shake-up is not expected to delay the premiere of Season 2.

Goldsman was brought in to help build the world of Discovery, but the veteran producer, who directed the season one finale, is said to have had a management style and personality that clashed with the writing staff.

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