Another popular television show is coming to an end. CBS Studios announced this week that the Paramunt+ original series, “Star Trek: Discovery,” will end with its fifth and final season, which debuts early next year. The hit series kicked off a new era of “Star Trek” television after it debuted in 2017.
Paramount+ also plans to celebrate the final season with events in key markets across the globe in the lead-up to the upcoming series finale.
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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ To End Following Season 5 In 2025
The show marked the return of scripted “Star Trek” television for the first time since “Star Trek: Enterprise” went off the air in May 2005. Paramount+’s plans to celebrate the show will include year-long celebrations and appearances at key events in markets around the world.
The hit show ultimately became Paramount+’s longest-running original drama. It stars Sonequa Martin-Green (“The Walking Dead”), David Ajala, Doug Jones (“Hellboy,” “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”), Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman, Wilson Cruz, and Blu Del Barrio.
Executive producers and co-showrunners Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise said on the upcoming final season in a joint statement: “As lifelong fans of ‘Star Trek,’ it has been an immense honor and privilege to help bring ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ to the world. The ‘Trek’ universe means so much to so many – including us – and we couldn’t be prouder of everything ‘Discovery’ has contributed to its legacy, particularly with representation. If just one person sees themselves, or the possibilities for their future, in a new way because of ‘Discovery’, then we think we’d have made Gene Roddenberry very proud.
“Of course, there would be no Discovery without Sonequa Martin-Green and the extraordinary team of artists, both in front of and behind the camera, who have brought this show to life. Their passion and determination to make every episode special has been deeply inspiring; so too has their love and support for one another and their genuine love for ‘Star Trek.’ Discovery has truly become a family over the years – and we couldn’t be more grateful to be part of it.
‘To the fans around the world, thank you for joining us on this incredible journey. Your love for these characters and your excitement for every episode, every season, has meant the world to us. We can’t wait for you to see what we’ve been working on for this final season; we appreciate your patience in the meantime and trust us when we say it’ll be worth the wait. We love you all! LLAP”
In Season 5, Captain Burnham (Martin-Green) and the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery uncover a mystery that will send them on an adventure across the galaxy in order to find an ancient power whose existence has been hidden for centuries. However, there are other parties on the hunt for this power, and they are dangerous foes who are desperate to claim this power for their own, and they will stop at nothing to obtain it.
Joining Captain Green in Season 5 are Saru (Jones), Paul Stamets (Rapp), Sylvia Tilly (Wiseman), Dr. Hugh Culber (Cruz), Cleveland Booker (Ajala), Adira (del Barrio), and Rayner (Callum Keith Rennie). The show is produced by CBS Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Kurtzman, Paradise, Heather Kadin, Aaron Baiers, Olatunde Osunsanmi, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth are executive producers for the show, with Kurtzman and Paradise serving as co-showrunners.
In 2022, the first spinoff of “Discovery,” “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” launched on Paramount+. The new show featured Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) of the legendary starship Enterprise in events set before the original, classic “Star Trek” television series in the 1960s. The show also stars Ethan Peck as Spock, Jess Bush as Christine Chapel, Rebecca Romijn as “Number One” Una-Chin Riley, Celia Rose Gooding as Nyota Uhura, and Christina Chong as La’an Noonien Singh.
Besides “Discovery” and “Strange New Worlds,” Paramount+ debuted “Star Trek: Picard,” a continuation of Captain Jean Luc-Picard from the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” series and films, in January 2020. The third season recently began on the streamer last month. Season 2 of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” is expected to launch later this year.
The first four seasons of “Star Trek: Discovery” are available to stream now on Paramount+. Season 5 will kick off early next year.