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Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 10:21PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery showrunners ousted for allegedly abusive behavior in the writers' room
Co-creator and executive producer Alex Kurtzman will take over as showrunner on the CBS All Access series, replacing Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg, who were fired for leadership and operational issues -- not for creative reasons. The pair -- who were ousted after nearly completing five Season 2 episodes -- "became increasingly abusive" to their writing staff, according to The Hollywood Reporter. They were also responsible for a Season 2 premiere budget that "ballooned" at the expense of the rest of the season. This is the second Discovery showrunner change after co-creator Bryan Fuller was dismissed after clashing with CBS over the Star Trek series' concept. Detailing the allegedly abusive behavior, The Hollywood Reporter's Lesley Goldberg reports that Harberts is "said to have leaned across the writers' room table while shouting an expletive at a member of the show's staff. Multiple writers are said to have been uncomfortable working on the series and had threatened to file a complaint with human resources or quit the series altogether before informing Kurtzman of the issues surrounding Berg and Harberts. After hearing rumors of HR complaints, Harberts is said to have threatened the staff to keep concerns with the production an internal matter."
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 3:30AM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery's best episode was made due to a lack of cash
“In terms of the time loop, we were desperate to save money, I am not going to lie,” co-showrunner Aaron Harberts says of the bottle episode “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad.”
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
Star Trek: Discovery's Season 2 will aim to be more "Trekian"
Co-showrunner Aaron Harberts says of the CBS All Access series so far: "this was an interesting season because it was set against the backdrop of war. One of the things that we are looking forward to in season two is a tone that we can now be in a more of an exploratory phase, a more diplomatic phase, maybe a bit more of a ‘Trekian’ chapter of this." ALSO: How Discovery can be more "Trekian."
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 8:32AM EST
Star Trek: Discovery producer on this week’s shocker: We have a smart audience that “thrives on nuance”
Co-showrunner Aaron Harberts and one of the stars from CBS All Access drama are reacting to the latest development, with some spoilers of what is to come.
Posted Tuesday 8/22/17 at 9:14PM EDT
Don’t expect too much nudity or profanity on Star Trek Discovery
The CBS All Access series will be able to air without censorship, but that doesn’t mean the show will indulge in adult content. “Every writer’s impulse when you get to work on the streaming shows is to go crazy,” says exec producer Aaron Harberts. “But how does nudity play on Trek? Eh, it feels weird. We’re trying to push more by having complicated, messed-up characters who aren’t necessarily embraced on broadcast TV.”