‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Delayed Again, Casts James Frain

'Star Trek: Discovery' Delayed Again, Casts
Courtesy of CBS

Star Trek: Discovery” will likely miss its previously announced May premiere target, Variety has learned. The series has also cast James Frain as Spock’s father.

CBS released a statement regarding the potential delay:

“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.”

The potential delay comes after a few bumps in the road for the production. Initially developed to be CBS All Access’ first original series with Bryan Fuller at the helm, Fuller stepped back from the showrunner role in late October after scripting the first two episodes and creating a roadmap for the rest of the season. Fuller handed the reins to executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, and the planned January 2017 premiere slid back to May 2017, with “The Good Fight” becoming the first All Access original to premiere on Feb. 19.

Production had been scheduled to start in November, but was pushed back to January. Core casting was completed in December with “The Walking Dead” star Sonequa Martin-Green joining as the lead role. Other regulars include Anthony Rapp, Doug Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif, and Mary Chieffo.

As for Frain’s casting, he will indeed be playing Sarek, Spock’s famous father. First introduced in the original “Star Trek,” Sarek has made multiple appearances throughout the franchise over the last five decades.

“Star Trek: Discovery” will have a special linear premiere on CBS, with subsequent episodes being released exclusively via CBS All Access.

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  1. Mark McKarrion says:

    This thing is DOA before even finishing production on it’s premiere episode. One look at those “Klingons” and the super ugly, ultra dumb ship and it was game over. No trickster moves like putting in “Sarek” or referring to familiar things, yet flying around in a paper airplane shaped ship with a paper plate taped to it. Everything about this show is a downer.

  2. Zoe says:

    It’s more than a bump in the road – it’s show over – Moonves is reported to have fired Fuller for respecting the Trek universe timeline (which would have won back fans after the Debacle that was Enterprise) and has reportedly caused the show to adopt a look entirely out of keeping with the TOS time period including Klingons with forehead ridges and ships that look a generation beyond TNG. Apparently without any awareness that canon-breaching infuriated and alienated fans from “Enterprise” – Moonves should re-title the show, Star Trek Groundhog Day.

  3. Jacques Strappe says:

    “Discovery” seems an appropriate handle for this show that appears to be stuck in perpetual creative discovery phase. Phasers permanently on “stuck” — maybe CBS should just photon torpedo the whole show. CBS All Access seems like a big fail, anyway.

  4. Carlos T. Jackal says:

    I’d never heard of “CBS All Access” until this story, so I had to look it up. $5.99/month with “limited commercials” or $9.99/month for “commercial free?” NO NO NO. Stop trying to be HBO. Everyone is trying to turn their viewers into a revenue stream – this is a bad idea. People, please don’t subscribe and let this “service” die the death it needs to die. CBS, if you have any confidence in this show, then put it on CBS.

  5. Leon says:

    Stop being PC and just make good tv.. oh wait that never happens. Out of touch much.

    • pete says:

      @leon Of course you prefer seeing all the characters being played by white straight men but we’re living in the future. Go back to your 17th century and don’t bother us anymore with your prejudice.

    • Steven Burgas says:

      WTF does “being PC” have to do with anything?

      Anyone who would make such a statement has obviously never watched or cared about any Star Trek. You’re disgusting.

  6. Leon says:

    They miscast the lead as a women and now after soft tests they realize they messed up and are trying to fix it. Bad news cant fix something already ruined. Good news next try won’t get ruined.

  7. Dunstan says:

    No version of Star Trek can ever come close to the great work done by Ron Moore and his writing staff, actors,directors and production staff on “Battlestar Galactica.”

  8. Jack says:

    Star Trek: D.O.A

  9. CJ says:

    CBS is really bungling this one.

  10. Timely Comment says:

    Delay the DISCOVERY premiere AGAIN??

    Don’t make it so!

  11. Tobias Funky says:

    “It’s been a looooong road.” Has to be better than THAT though.

  12. JoeMcG says:

    A delay here doesn’t really matter… nobody is going to be watching anyway. I can’t imagine there’s going to be a significant audience on CBS All Access. By bypassing the traditional outlets (Network/Cable) and established streamers (Amazon/NetFlix/Hulu) CBS is hoping to capture all the revenue for themselves. But how much revenue can they capture when the audience share is so tiny? I bet even the old UPN had a larger audience share for Star Trek: Voyager than this new CBS streaming service will have. Good luck, CBS… you’re going to need it. There’s two losers in this scenario… CBS and Star Trek fans.

    • I know North American fans are feeling burned about All Access (and however Canada’ll be getting it) but don’t forget it’ll be coming out on Netflix for literally the entire rest of the world. Unless it actively stinks — a thing we have no way of measuring in either direction at this time — it’ll probably do just fine.

    • Torchwood says:

      They’ve already made a VERY lucrative deal with Netflix for streaming rights outside the US. Plenty of people will be watching.

  13. Dunstan says:

    nixfu, like most trolls, you can’t stop yourself from tying a fictional science-fiction show to your own troubled, seething rage. Get help, Nix. You’re just another whiny baby. So, in other words, a lot like Trump.

    By the way, you’ve obviously never seen or grasped the overarching themes of the original series: diversity, peace and acceptance of others.

    Please get the professional help you desperately need.

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