Star Trek Discovery is losing its second set of showrunners as production of the second season continues.
According to an exclusive in The Hollywood Reporter, Star Trek Discovery showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts are out as the series has wrapped the first five episodes of the second season. Berg and Harberts took over the series from original showrunner Bryan Fuller before the first season aired on CBS All-Access.
Alex Kurtzman, executive producer of Discovery and the first two reboot films, will be taking over as showrunner for the remainder of the second 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,” producers CBS Television Studios said in a statement.
Sources say that the ouster of the showrunners is due to the inflated budget of the second season with rumors that the pair were verbally abusive to the writing staff. Many of the writers threatened to either file a complaint or quit altogether and this prompted a response from Harberts, threatening the writers to keep the issues internal.
The same article goes on to state that the series will take a planned hiatus after the completion of episode five in order to give Kurtzman time to regroup and work with the show’s writing staff.
Star Trek Discovery is expected to return in 2019.