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Star Trek: Discovery delayed again; James Frain joins the cast

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Fans are excited for the series Star Trek: Discovery, which looks to be a revival of sorts for Star Trek on the smaller screen. The only problem is that after numerous delays, fans will have to wait even longer for the show as it has been delayed yet again, missing its previously announced May target.

Variety has posted a statement by the studio CBS which is at least giving out a positive message that production will be starting soon. With them starting late and wanting to make the best possible show, that means it will pretty much be released once they feel it is ready. Sounds like they have been spending too much time reading game development press statements:

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

Star Trek: Discovery was initially planned for a January 2017 premiere with Bryan Fuller as the showrunner for the series. However Fuller stepped out of the showrunner role in October last year, though had scripted the first two episodes and left a roadmap in place for the entire season. The studio then moved out the release date to May 2017, but with them still finalizing casting details, that has clearly gone well out the window too.

And speaking of casting, CBS has added James Frain to the show’s cast as Sarek, Spock’s famous father.  Sarek has made appearances throughout different episodes and variations of the TV series over the past 50 years after being introduced in the very first Star Trek series. Sarek has never played a major role in an entire series though and there is no word on whether Frain will join in as a regular cast member or simply just act in a cameo capacity.

Star Trek: Disocvery will also star Sonequa Martin-Green, Anthony Rapp, Doug Jones, Michelle Yeoh, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif, and Mary Chieffo and hopefully be out sometime in 2017. Though I wouldn’t place any bets on that happening the way things have gone in development so far.

Last Updated: March 28, 2017


  1. miaau

    January 20, 2017 at 13:42

    Why do they keep going back in time? This limits us to the tech of the time, which can never, ever, be the same or superior or whatever to STNG.

    Why not start out a new series, Picard as an old Admiral, wishing a team well going off to the Badlands or whatever, start a new season long story arc and be be done with it. An interesting story, mind. Politics, action, sacrifice, that sort of thing.


    • Admiral Chief

      January 20, 2017 at 14:34

      Enterprise is and was always my favourite series of ST


      • miaau

        January 20, 2017 at 14:46

        Ah, meh. Not so sure I liked it that much.

        It was fun, but it did not have Picard and Riker. And Data. Or even 7of9. I bonded with those characters, I never really connected with anyone from Enterprise. And Star Trek, for me, has always been a human story.


  2. Banana Jim's Final Form!

    January 20, 2017 at 14:15

    This show will have Michelle Yeoh – INSTANTLY, it becomes a must-watch!


    • Admiral Chief

      January 23, 2017 at 08:08

      More like Michelle Yoh Yoh Yoh


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