Monday, October 23, 2017

Star Trek Discovery Officially Renewed

CBS has announced that Star Trek: Discovery has been renewed for season 2. via The Hollywood Reporter:
"In just six episodes, Star Trek: Discovery has driven subscriber growth, critical acclaim and huge global fan interest for the first premium version of this great franchise,” said Marc DeBevoise, president and CEO at CBS Interactive. "This series has a remarkable creative team and cast who have demonstrated their ability to carry on the Star Trek legacy. We are extremely proud of what they’ve accomplished and are thrilled to be bringing fans a second season of this tremendous series."
The renewal doesn't really come as a surprise not just for the All Access reasons but also because international sales of the series, mostly to Netflix, essentially paid for the production cost of the show. As a result anything that follows is almost pure profit for CBS. Assuming the streaming service liked their numbers too, its safe to assume there is little reason to assume the same cost of production will be covered in similar fashion. Basically its the old syndication marketing model of old being modified to the new era of cord cutting so that series no longer need to wait for the magic "100th episode" mark of old to prove their worth.

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