Losing a showrunner that couldn't get the show on air for when he was supposed to, thus delaying the flagship show for a streaming service is probably a healthy outcome for all involved. I fail to understand how anyone can have TNG S1 vibes yet as there are no episode completed yet to judge. Oh and TNG launched on time anyway, so not a valid comparison in this respect anyway.
The general public is not aware of or cares if the show has been delayed from an initial date anyway. Most of the general viewing public won't even be aware that this show exists yet. Heck, this is not the first time Star Trek has been delayed anyway. Everyone forgets the teaser trailer for the 11th movie which promised the film would be out for Chrimbo 2008 (the teaser being in theatres 12 months before that date) and yet it was delayed until May 2009. No-one cared.
In the Star Wars world, The Force Awakens was originally announced as a Summer 2015 release before moving to Christmas. No-one cared.
What general audiences care about is whether they like a thing when it comes out.
Sadly the Trek online fandom (like so many others) has a big toxic streak these days. Speaking of which, Shatner was a special guest voice in the most recent My Little Pony! Sadly it was wasted on one of the less interesting episodes I've seen; though my daughter lapped it up and watched it twice, so what do I know...
I have found the online Trek fandom to indeed be utterly toxic since Discovery was announced. Shame. Used to be quite friendly online: Trek fans seemed to mainly enjoy dressing up and talking about the stories previously.
I'm generally not one to use terms like "true fans" and "fake fans," but given what Star Trek is, and has always been? People who are currently complaining about female leads and diversity and "es jay duble-yews are ruining star treeeeek!" are ABSOLUTELY fake fans! Like have you ever seen an episode of Star Trek in your life? Star Trek is, and always has been about breaking down social barriers. You can't get more on the nose about it than Star Trek did. The first interacial kiss on TV that Shatner of all people fought for. The episode about racism with the two half black/half white aliens. The episode about birth control. Episodes promoting feminism. Like hey bitchy self-entitled white dudes, news flash: "es jay duble-yews" ruined Star Trek fifty years ago.
Of all the potential issues the show has, the lead being a black woman, the captain being a chinese woman, and one of the mains being gay are not among them. I say lets add a muslim character and actor, and expel these bigots out of our fandom perminantly.