We’ve got some good news and some bad news, Trekkers. In good news, James Frain is joining the season one cast of the Star Trek: Discovery TV show, as Spock’s father, Sarek. Mark Lenard, Jonathan Simpson, and Ben Cross have previously played the Vulcan character. Learn more from CBS All Access, after the jump.
As for that bad news: it seems possible fans will have to wait even longer to watch the first season of Star Trek: Discovery. Although CBS has not confirmed a delay, the network has reportedly released a statement (which is not currently on its press site), about being flexible on the series premiere date.
Originally, Star Trek: Discovery was supposed to premiere on CBS All Access, this month. Back in September, CBS boss Les Moonves announced he was pushing the premiere out until May of 2017. Now it seems the wait could be even longer. Here’s more, from Deadline:
“Production on Star Trek: Discovery begins next week,” CBS said in a statement. “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 network is not confirming a move from the scheduled May launch date, but notes there is more flexibility on timing given it is a streaming platform. Production was already scheduled to begin next week, so there is no delay on that front.
Need a palate cleanser? Let’s get back to the good news about James Frain playing Sarek. CBS says:
JAMES FRAIN JOINS “STAR TREK: DISCOVERY”
Frain To Portray Vulcan Character “Sarek,” Father Of “Spock”
Studio City, CA — 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.
Star Trek, one of the most iconic and influential global television franchises, returns 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.
CBS All Access is the CBS Television Network’s digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. In addition to its upcoming original series, CBS All Access gives CBS fans the ability to watch more than 8,500 episodes on demand – spanning current shows from primetime, daytime and late night, as well as past seasons of select series and classic TV hits. CBS All Access is currently available online at CBS.com, on mobile devices via the CBS App for iOS, Android and Windows 10, and on Roku Players, Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Fire TV.
What do you think? Are you a James Frain fan? Do you think he’ll make a good Sarek? How do you feel about another possible delay for the Star Trek: Discovery TV show premiere? Let us know, below.