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Sarek joins Star Trek: Discovery, further delays announced

Oriana Schwindt reporting for Variety:

CBS released a statement regarding the potential delay:

“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.”

The potential delay comes after a few bumps in the road for the production.

I know that some are seeing this as a warning sign that the series is in trouble, but I disagree and am confident that that the bumps in the road are a good thing. The guys in charge of CBS were obviously wanting a Star Trek series to be the flagship show to launch CBS All Access with, but it sounds like the Star Trek: Discovery guys are continuously pushing back so that they can get the series right the first time. If anything, the lack of a specific time-slot being required on streaming services (unlike scheduled TV, which I've spoken about previously) sounds like it's working in their favour.

In all honesty, I'm far more than happy for them to have a few bumps in the road with some well-needed course corrections than for them to drive straight into the nearest black hole at maximum warp. 

As for [James] Frain’s casting, he will indeed be playing Sarek, Spock’s famous father. First introduced in the original “Star Trek,” Sarek has made multiple appearances throughout the franchise over the last five decades.
— Variety

Fascinating. *raises an eyebrow*


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