Star Trek: Discovery, the CBS All Access show that finished its first season back in February, is now undergoing its second showrunner change with the departure of executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this change was not due to creative problems, but with “leadership and operational issues” between the showrunners and the staff.
Executive producer Alex Kurtzman (who has been with the series since the beginning and also served as as a writer and producer on J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness films) will be taking over as showrunner for Season 2. Kurtzman will also oversee the writers’ room for the rest of the sophomore season.
“We’ve made some producer changes at Star Trek: Discovery. The series continues under the creative vision and leadership of executive producer and co-creator Alex Kurtzman. Discovery remains on course for season two in 2019 with new and continuing stories that build on its successful premiere season,” CBS Television Studios said in a statement on Thursday.
Sources tell THR that Berg and Harberts went over budget for the Season 2 premiere and were reportedly “increasingly abusive to the Discovery writing staff, with Harberts reported to have leaned across the writers room table while shouting an expletive at a member of the show’s staff.”
Harberts was also said to have threatened the staff to keep quiet about the issues plaguing the production.
In addition to the showrunners’ departure, THR reports that executive producer Akiva Goldsman will not be returning to the show either. Goldsman directed the Season 1 finale, but allegedly also had “a management style and personality that clashed with the writing staff.”
Fortunately for fans of the series, the show is reported to be taking a “planned production hiatus” following the completion of episode 5, which will allow Kurtzman to transition into the new role, supposedly without any further delays to production. According to THR, the first five episodes of Season 2 are almost complete, with Berg and Harberts likely to retain credit for their work.
The previous showrunner, Bryan Fuller, had disagreements with CBS over many aspects of the show and was asked to step down in October 2016, before the show premiered.
For more on Star Trek: Discovery, be sure to check out our Season 1 scorecard, Season 1 finale review, shot-by-shot analysis of the finale’s ending, and our postmortem interview with Berg and Harberts.
Adam Bankhurst is a freelance writer for IGN that just finished his first watch of Star Trek: The Next Generation and has to say his favorite episode was “The Inner Light.” You can follow him on Twitter and tell him if he’s right or wrong.