While the second season of Star Trek: Discovery just premiered on CBS All Access, CBS is already considering what the future of the franchise could look like, even in the post-Discovery era.
Earlier this week, CBS confirmed that Michelle Yeoh would star in an upcoming spinoff series that focuses on Phillipa Georgiou's time in Section 31, the Federation's black ops department.
In a new interview, Julie McNamara, the Executive Vice President of Original Content at CBS All Access, said that Yeoh's series might not premiere until after Star Trek: Discovery ends its run.
“Some of these [series] can be considered as replacements as opposed to additions,” McNamara said in an interview with The Wrap.
Given the extensive pre-production a Star Trek series needs, those comments don't necessarily mean that the end of Discovery will be anytime soon, especially since Yeoh still appears on that program.
“These ‘Trek’ shows take a lot of incubation, because they’re very prep heavy, visual effects heavy," she added . "We’re seeing it more as we’re getting a good jump on making sure that there is a good fulsome stream of ‘Trek’ material.”
McNamara made the comments during a larger conversation about the proliferation of upcoming Trek shows, which include the adult animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks and the still-untitled Jean-Luc Picard series starring Patrick Stewart, which is set to premiere before the end of the year.
While a range of Star Trek programming is still set to premiere on CBS All-Access, McNamara added that the streaming service won't exclusively focus on Star Trek content and will be home to shows like Jordan Peele's upcoming The Twilight Zone reboot.
“When I look at how the schedule is theoretically laying out on my desk, it does not feel like it’s one [Trek] after another,” she said. “It really is important that we’re out there establishing a full-fledged premium service and really add a lot of things that aren’t ‘Star Trek’ as well,” McNamara said.
Before her spinoff premieres, Michelle Yeoh can still be seen on Star Trek: Discovery, which is streaming on CBS All-Access and stars Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Michael Burnham, Doug Jones as Commander Saru, Anthony Rapp as Lt. Commander Paul Stamets, Mary Wiseman as Ensign Sylvia Tilly, Shazad Latif as Ash Tyler, Wilson Crz as Dr. Hugh Culber, Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Mary Chieffo as L'Rell, Tig Notaro as Chief Engineer Reno, Ethan Peck as Spock and Rebecca Romijn as Number One. New episodes premiere Thursdays at 8:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. PT.