James Frain (True Blood, Grimm, Gotham, Orphan Black) can add another telefantasy show to his CV, Star Trek: Discovery. And this time he’s playing a character who’s something of a sci-fi legend: Sarek, aka, Spock’s dad.
The news surfaced on Entertainment Weekly which points out that Sarek is the first pre-existing character from the Trek universe to be announced for the show. Sarek was previously played by Mark Lenard in the classic series and its film spin-offs and Ben Cross in the JJ Abrams-rebooted Star Trek universe.
EW also reports that the premiere of the show will move back yet again. It was scheduled to kick off in May (having originally been announced for January). However, the new move is apparently not prompted by production difficulties but partly because of marketing considerations: the show’s star, Sonequa Martin-Green, is also in The Walking Dead which will still be airing in April, and it seems “there’s a concern about marketplace confusion if CBS were to ramp up promoting her as the star of a new sci-fi show while her horror hit is currently on the air.”
A press release from CBS also indicates that because, after the pilot, the show will be released first on the CBS All-Access streaming service, CBS doesn’t feel the show has to rushed to a premiere date that suits TV schedules, but can be released when it’s good and ready:
“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.”