Things must be going well for the CBS All Access App, even amid reports of constant crashing, complaints of cost, F-bombs, and the likes, CBS has renewed Star Trek: Discovery for a second season.
In a statement, Marc DeBovoise, President and COO of CBS Interactive said:
“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. 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.”
There is definitely a plus side to this working out the way it has. It shows that you don’t need a television series, broadcast in the traditional way, to make money for a network. This further proves the model will work, and in the coming years, I see more cord cutting happening as people pay for the shows they want, when they want.
The only downside to this announcement is that CBS is still working under the notion that viewers still want the week-to-week fall/spring season model, as Star Trek: Discovery takes a break in November, and will return with “Chapter 2” in January 2018.