Casting news and release date issues regarding “Star Trek: Discovery”

Star Trek Discovery announces James Frain as the newest addition to the series. Frain will star as Sarek, the famed father of Spock. First introduced in the original Star Trek, “Sarek” has made multiple appearances throughout the franchise over the last five decades. In related news, CBS All Access has just announced that the show will be delayed yet again.

When this new Star Trek TV series was first announced back in November 2015, the plan was to debut the series with a special preview on CBS in January 2017, before the show moved to its permanent home on the streaming service CBS All Access. We reported in October that the show was being pushed to May 2017, and shortly thereafter, Bryan Fuller stepped down as showrunner. While Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts immediately stepped in to serve as showrunners, and the first cast members were announced this fall, it seems the show is being delayed once again, although no specific date has been given. Here’s what a rep for CBS All Access had to say in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Production on Star Trek: Discovery begins next week. We love the cast, the scripts and are excited about the world the producers have created. This is an ambitious project; we will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show. We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast. There is also added flexibility presenting on CBS All Access, which isn’t beholden to seasonal premieres or launch windows.”

James Frain joins a growing cast for Star Trek Discovery that includes Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, the Starfleet Captain aboard the Starship Shenzhou, Doug Jones as Lt. Saru, a Starfleet Science Officer and a new alien species to the Star Trek universe, Chris Obi as T’Kuvma, the Klingon leader seeking to unite the Klingon houses, Shazad Latif as Kol, the Commanding Officer of the Klingons and protégé of T’Kuvma and Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, the Battle Deck Commander of the Klingon ship. Star Trek Discovery will also feature the first openly-gay character, Lt. Stamets, played by Anthony Rapp, an astromycologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer aboard the Discovery, with Sonequa Martin-Green playing the series lead, the first time an African-American female has lead the show, and the first time the lead character is not a captain, portraying a lieutenant commander.

Star Trek is one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, and will be making its return to television 50 years after it first premiered with Star Trek Discovery. The series will feature a new ship, new characters, and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation of dreamers and doers. The series will premiere on the CBS Television Network with all subsequent episodes available on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service, and will be distributed concurrently by CBS Studios International on Netflix in 188 countries and in Canada on Bell Media’s Space channel and OTT service CraveTV. Star Trek Discovery is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Alex Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Bryan Fuller‘s Living Dead Guy Productions and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts, Akiva Goldsman, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers.

What are your thoughts regarding James Frain joining the series as Sarek? More importantly, do you have any concerns regarding yet another push back for its premiere? With all of the issues that this series has been dealing with, is this yet another sign that perhaps the series may not fare all that well?
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