The first episode of Star Trek premiered 50 years ago, and the beloved sci-fi franchise is now scheduled to return to television in 2017 with a new series on Netflix and CBS, specifically, on CBS All Access, the network’s new stand-alone streaming service.
CBS unveiled the first teaser for its new Star Trek series in early 2016, and the show’s official title was revealed to be Star Trek: Discovery during Comic-Con International in San Diego. With the latest movie (Star Trek Beyond) in theaters this past summer, many Star Trek fans are wondering exactly how the television series from executive producer Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) and showrunners Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts (Pushing Daisies) will fit into the framework of the sci-fi franchise as it exists now.
Star Trek: Discovery was originally slated for a January release, but a May premiere was later announced. There is now concern that the launch date could be pushed back, though, and the fears aren’t totally unwarranted.
“We will be flexible on a launch date if it’s best for the show,” CBS said in a statement in mid-January, as reported by Deadline. “We’ve said from the beginning it’s more important to do this right than to do it fast.”
The network hasn’t actually changed the official release date — and may not ever do so — but execs certainly seem to be preparing fans for the possibility of a longer wait for Discovery.
Additionally, it has been announced that James Frain will play Sarek, Spock’s father, on Star Trek: Discovery and confirmed that production on Discovery will begin next week in Toronto. Sarek, a formidable Vulcan, is a beloved character who appeared throughout the Star Trek franchise, from The Original Series to several of the TOS features and from Star Trek: The Next Generation to Star Trek (2009).
A respected British actor, Frain’s many film and television credits include Prime Suspect, Elizabeth, Hilary and Jackie, The Tudors, FlashForward, True Blood and Tron Legacy. More recently, he played Leet Brannis on Agent Carter, Ferdinand on Orphan Black, and Theo Galavan/Azrael on Gotham.
Frain joins the previously announced cast members Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Chris Obi, Shazad Latif and Mary Chieffo. Star Trek: Discovery is coming to CBS All Access in 2017, following the premiere on the CBS Television Network, and will be distributed concurrently on Netflix in 188 countries and through Bell Media in Canada.