Star Trek‘s return to the small screen has been experiencing some turbulence in recent months. While the cast of Star Trek: Discovery has begun filling out in promising ways, that comes after the disappointing loss of original showrunner Bryan Fuller, who was jettisoned earlier this year. Now there might be more trouble on the horizon for Star Trek: Discovery — it just abandoned its spring premiere date, even as it adds another noteworthy cast member.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news today that the CBS All Access original series will no longer be leaving spacedock this May. This isn’t the first such delay for Discovery, and while it doesn’t necessarily bode poorly for the series, it doesn’t exactly build confidence either. Representatives from CBS All Access said in a statement:
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.
That all sounds good, but the more things go wrong with this show, and the longer it’s delayed, the more that’s going to worry many Trek fans. Especially given that many of them are already skeptical after the controversial “Abramverse” films and the fact that there hasn’t been a new Trek show on the air since Enterprise was canceled back in 2005.
On the upside, the announcement of Discovery‘s delay coincides with some good news. THR also announced the casting of actor James Frain as Sarek…better known as the father of Trek’s iconic Vulcan science officer, Spock. Sarek has been a staple of Trek canon throughout several shows and films, originally portrayed by actor Mark Lenard beginning in the 1967 episode “Journey to Babel.”
Frain is a veteran character actor known for his roles on Gotham and True Blood. He joins a Discovery cast that already includes The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green as the titular vessel’s lieutenant commander, Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Rapp, and Doug Jones.
Star Trek: Discovery will premiere — at some point — on CBS, then shift to CBS All Access for all subsequent episodes.