Breaking news from CBS today – the next wave of Star Trek: Discovery cast members have been made public!

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Image via CBS.

Just announced Monday afternoon, new arrivals Terry SerpicoMaulik Pancholy, and Sam Vartholomeos join the expanding cast of the upcoming Star Trek series, with already known actors Michelle Yeoh, Anthony Rapp, Doug Jones, and others announced over the last few months.

  • Terry Serpico comes aboard as Starfleet Admiral Anderson, “a high-ranking official” in the fleet. Appearing previously in Rescue MeArmy Wives, Law & Order: SVU, and a host of other shows over a lengthy television career, 53-year-old Serpico’s role will be the first Admiral to join the regular cast of a Trek series.
  • Newcomer Sam Vartholomeos arrives as a newcomer to the screen, with minor roles in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and FOX’s “The Following.” The young actor will take on the role of a “Ensign Connor, a Junior Officer in Starfleet Academy assigned to the Starship Shenzhou.
  • Maulik Pancholy may be the most visually familiar actor of this new grouping, playing “Dr. Nambue, Chief Medical Officer of the Starship Shenzhou.” A familiar face from Weeds and 30 Rock, the 43-year-old was first spotted in one of co-star Chris Obi’s exuberant Twitter videos last month, though his true reason for appearing in that video wasn’t officially known until today.

So there you have it – the Shenzhou crew continues to expand with this new grouping, along with the higher levels of Starfleet as well.

Sound off in the comments with your thoughts on the new crew!

  • M33

    Looking forward to whenever it is that we will actually see this new series.

    • Cabo 5150

      Agreed.

      Reference the release date, many, including myself, have conjectured a September drop. However, I am still holding out hope for a late Summer debut.

      Now the show’s in its full production swing, I’m going to assume the initial few episodes could easily be finished in post by July-ish.

  • Wondering if the opening titles will be rather lengthy to accommodate all of the cast names.

    • Cabo 5150

      I’m thinking they’ll go with a “cold open” followed by a 10 second-ish title insert, with credits rolling at the start of the first act.

      That seems to be current M.O. for most modern shows.

      • Daniel Ireland

        Yea, I feel like audiences nowadays don’t have patience for a traditional Star Trek opening sequence haha.

        • Tuskin38

          It has been happening to me, I’ve been skipping the DS9 intro in my recent re-watch, and I love the theme, but modern TV has spoiled me.

        • AlanMorlock

          Keep in mind it’s an online show without typical length restrictions. Shows like stranger things still have opening credits. As does west world and game of thrones

        • Fctiger

          Ironically though many streaming shows have LONG intros. Some I can think of: House of Cards, Man in High Castle, Stranger Things, etc. And someone brought up the HBO shows and I just remembered Homeland so they are still out there.

          • SpaceCadet

            Hopefully we get a return to a great orchestral main theme and from someone with the stature of a John Williams since sadly Goldsmith and Horner have passed away.

          • Fctiger

            Oh yeah I’m sure we will get that. After Berman being raked over the coals with Enterprise theme no one is attempting that again lol. There are a lot people out there but I can see Michael Giacchino being asked to do it since he obviously did all the music for the KT films. He may not want do it though since he’s in huge demand and maybe TV might be too small for him now.

          • SpaceCadet

            That’s a good choice. I like Hans Zimmer too. He does lots of big epic scores.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            Hans Zimmer’s music sounds exactly the same every single film so no please don’t let him anywhere near Star Trek.

          • Bifash

            As long as we stay away from Dennis McCarthy and Jay Chattaway’s “Wallpaper music”.

          • SpaceCadet

            Right. But those particular composers did some great work when they weren’t hamstrung by Berman’s policy. McCarthy’s score on “Yesterday’s Enterprise” and Chattaway’s on “Tin Man” are a couple of my all-time favorites.

          • Bifash

            I really like some of the music from the earlier seasons of TNG particularly ( even the first season ), where the music really added to the atmosphere, and Berman hadn’t mandated the bizarre concept of not having the music play an important feature.

          • Justin Olson

            Don’t forget the critical role of producer Peter Lauritson who directly oversaw the scoring and mixing sessions. He was derisively referred to as Peter Lower It Some.

          • TUP

            Perhaps broadcast TV execs over-think the idea that a long intro gives people time to switch channels or walk away. Ofcourse if the show is something people want to watch they will watch it (look at how ludicrous the commercial breaks are for the Walking Dead and people sit through that).

            With streaming, its an active choice to go and watch that program more so then turning on the TV. So perhaps the feeling is, you’re not risking viewers and you’re not beholden to ratings anyway. Creatively, a good intro is part of the feel of a show.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            The whole point of a teaser and intro is to get people interested in seeing the show. If you don’t do that why should I watch?

        • Bifash

          I know what you mean, but just look at Westworld, that has a full intro.

      • MattR

        Though streaming shows have gone back to longer opening title sequences – since they aren’t constrained by a running time. The Marvel/Netflix shows (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage) all have great opening credits that set the mood for the shows.

        • Cabo 5150

          I hope this is the case for DSC!

      • Pedro Ferreira

        Dear God no, just no!

        • Cabo 5150

          Agreed.

          As others have stated, DSC’s streaming platform may allow for a more traditional opening credits sequence. I certainly hope so!

          • Pedro Ferreira

            As long as it doesn’t end up like the intros to Lost or Stargate Universe I’ll be happy.

    • Bryan Murphy

      Definitely getting a Game of Thronesesque vibe from this project.

      • Me too. Accompanied with some great music and visuals I think people will watch a longer opening credit sequence like GOT.

    • Michael

      Yes, the opening title will be long, and the music is back to classical Star Trek. I will be posting the full theme on March 1st as a spoiler.

      • Hope it’s changed a bit from the theme tune that was already leaked. That seemed to lean too heavily on themes from each of the other series.

    • Pedro Ferreira

      It would be nice if we actually got a TV into yes since those don’t happen in modern TV.

  • Fiery Little One

    Interesting that they’re mostly giving us the crew of the Shenzhou in these announcements.

    • SpaceCadet

      Technically three crew members of the Discovery have already been announced and with this casting announcement we are up to three crew members of the Shenzhou, so they’re tied.

      • Fiery Little One

        Ah, my mistake. For some reason I thought they had given us more of the Shenzhou’s crew roster than the Discovery’s.

  • Io Jupiter

    At first glance I thought Sam Vartholomeos was Justin Beiber and started to get sick.

  • Brandon Shea

    They are lacking in female cast members. So far they have 2. And one female Klingon which may not even be regular cast member.

    • Fctiger

      There are still plenty of roles left to fill. And you have to count the Klingon character as well since she was at least announced.

      • TUP

        One might argue that if the two leads are female then the balance is fine. If you’re 1 of 10 women its not as “special” as being 1 of 2 in a cast of men. Want to make a point of writing strong women? Make one the Captain, the other the lead and surround them with masculine characters so they stick out more.

        Im all for strong women. In 2017 we’re not at a place of equality. Its not about being PC. its about working towards a result we should all support and creating deep, strong female roles on TV helps to that end. Plus, creating characters and stories to attract girls to the Sci-Fi demographic is never a bad idea.

        Lets see what they do before we start arguing about the “balance”.

        • Fctiger

          I agree with this as well. If the first two stars are actually women that will say a lot.

    • SpaceCadet

      As Fctiger mentioned there are three as all of the Klingon characters announced are a part of the cast – this cast is made up of several crews. And if the character bible that was previously released holds true – and it has so far – the casting of a female admiral is still to be announced.

    • Michael

      Why does there have to be a 50/50 male female balance?

  • I haven’t seen these guys in anything. Who has seen them, and what can you tell me about them? Are they good actors? Do they have anything like Leonard Nimoy’s acting ability or William Shatner’s charm?

    • MattR

      Maulik Pancholy was pretty good on 30 Rock. Played the straight man to all the crazy antics of all the main characters on that show.

      Terry Serpico seems to play a lot of tough/military/bad guy characters. Pretty standard character actor.

      • Thanks for the information!

  • jim ray morse

    wow more ham and eggers

    • Michael

      That must make you street meat, cause you will never get a role in a show

  • Cool! I hope they’ll have the dedication and acting skill of Leonard Nimoy and/or the charm of William Shatner. 🙂

  • Michael

    People want spoilers? They want real info l? Here you go, straight from my source:

    ” Admiral Anderson is working for Section 31 “

    • Csere Mihaly

      He Michael. What about those Klingons? Are those the sarcophagus klingons or the real deal?

      • Michael

        They are mutated Klingons

        • Section31

          @ConfusedHamster2026:disqus : Thanks for providing information. Would love if they are true. Where do you get your information from? Just curious if and why we can “trust” you. 😉

        • Pedro Ferreira

          I sure hope they’re mutated Klingons and not real ones.

    • Fctiger

      Wow thats quite a spoiler!! That would be pretty exciting. And what is it with admirals and Section 31???? You had Admiral Ross from Voyager, Admiral Marcus actually leading then in STID and they retcon Admiral Cartwright working with them to undermine the new Klingon and Federation treaty in TUC. And now this guy?

      • Michael

        Admirals have far more of the bigger overall picture than Captains that’s why.

        • Fctiger

          I get that but they still look like douchebags for it. Marcus tried to blow up the Enterprise. I mean is that the kind of ‘overall picture’ we should be looking at?

          • Michael

            Not much in the nUtrek universe makes sense really. My best guess is that Marcus was/is a scared man deep down and was afraid of the Klingons as he thought the rest of Starfleet were soft and would not stand up to them.

            He might be right, since Starfleet ships in the nUtrek universe seem to break and destroy easily. I guess Prime Spock did not share his knowledge of prime Federation shields with them or something…

            Archers shield less prime NX-01 was able to survive better than nUtreks ships

          • Fctiger

            Well TO be fair now I think about it Admiral Leyton in DS9 actually tried to destroy the Defiant for oddly kind of the same reasons Marcus did. But he wasn’t part of Section 31 (or was he??????????).

            And I always thought those episodes Homefront/Paradise Lost were basically the basis of STID in the first place when they almost deal with the same issues and Admirals going astray preparing for war in light of a terrorist attack. Just no silly fake white Khan on DS9. 😉

            And DS9 just did it so much better of course.

            But yeah I can see that reasoning for both Marcus and Leyton. They felt Starfleet was too weak for the incoming threats they saw coming and went rogue essentially.

  • pittrek

    More actors I never heard about 🙂 I feel like a “TV series virgin”

    • Thomas W.

      All Star Trek actors were unknown before (exept of guest stars like Whoopi Goldberg), even they have been praised to the skies after their Star Trek careers. As if they were well known actors before. And most of them – exept Patrick Stewart and William Shatner – never gained good jobs after the end of their series.

      Watch all the specials on the DVDs/BDs about DeForest Kelley for example. He is praised as an outstanding actor. But he only played in some cheesy western movies and TV series before and never gained a role after Star Trek. His “outstanding” performance always was limited to widely opened eyes. The same with the others actors: in every DVD special about a certain actor his/her colleagues praise him/her as “so talented and so gifted” (*yawn*). All of them seem to be the best actors in the world…

      Star Trek isn’t a chance for an actor, only a good job for some years. For most actors it is the first and the last step on the ladder.

  • The Chadwick

    From the beginning we will see various ranking members of starfleet from the academy all the way up to admirals. I like that

  • Locutus

    Hopefully, Serpico is not playing another “evil admiral.” That trope has been done to death on Star Trek. One thing I enjoyed about Star Trek: Enterprise was Admiral Forrest. I thought he was a very respectable and believable Starfleet admiral.

    • Michael

      He is playing the evil admiral I am afraid. His face fits it… and I am told he is with 31

      • Locutus

        Yeah, I would not be surprised if you are correct. He does have a somewhat villainous look about him. I hope not though. Kind of been there done that, and as recently as Into Darkness.

        • TUP

          Get Peter Weller as Admiral Marcus or that guy from Enterprise. Weller is tremendous.

          • Locutus

            Peter Weller has been good in his Star Trek roles.

      • Fctiger

        Its interesting if thats true though because the article states he will be a regular cast member. Star Trek has plenty of reccuring villains but this will be the first on board full time OR maybe he is just a regular for this season and killed off by the end of it or something.

      • Fctiger

        Micheal I want to believe you obviously and assuming its true does your source know when they plan to tell us what the premise of the show will be? We got the who and when but we don’t have the what and why yet. Can you at least give us a time frame when they might release the premise of the show?

        • Michael

          June they will be releasing the trailer with footage from the first extended episode.

          • Fctiger

            Oh so I guess we won’t see the show until much later then. 🙁 But cool thanks.

          • Michael

            They are aiming for a September release date, right after kids are back to school.

          • Fctiger

            Ok thanks. Yeah I did hear that pop up other places but I just assumed speculation. Man this show got delayed 8 months from its original date. We would be in the middle of season 1 right now if it stayed on course. I guess they were really a lot farther behind than they let on. You were definitely right about that btw. YOu were saying for months the production was in more chaos than they let on. Now that production has actually started have things gotten better and with the new show runners?

  • Thomas W.

    Gentlemen, your work will be outstanding and I intend to
    recommend you all for promotion… whenever we will get to see this new series…

  • Michael Broadhead

    Hmm this is throwing off the gender balance

    • Michael

      What the hell is gender balance?

      • Cabo 5150

        Gender, as in male or female, and balance, as in the ratio between said genders.

        Hence, if there are more female characters on the show, the balance will biased to that gender – and vice versa.

        • Michael

          Why does there have to be balance? Who cares if there are more males or more females on a show? If it fits the needs of the show why would it matter?

          • Cabo 5150

            I didn’t say there has to be balance?

            You asked a question, I gave a clear, succinct and direct answer sans any commentary and/or opinion on the relative merits of the said “balance”.

            I certainly don’t want to get into a sociopolitical debate with you on this subject, and my reply certainly wasn’t intended as a springboard board for further proselytising on your part.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            I think he was pointing to complete lack of logic by the OP hence his second comment.

          • Cabo 5150

            Well, while remaining extremely careful to abstain from singling any one particular poster out, there are individuals here who execute stupefying displays of illogic and/or distasteful excesses of personality IMHO.

            It’s not difficult to quickly pick up on “red flags” that are likely to trigger fairly predictable responses, and, commensurately, circumnavigate being sucked into those unpleasant and completely tangential discussions unrelated to Star Trek.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            Michael is right in this case however.

          • Cabo 5150

            You’re quite entitled to your subjective opinion on that, Pedro.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            Of course but as Michael said as long as it fits ratio of men to women shouldn’t count.

          • Cabo 5150

            Yes, and as I stated, both you and Michael are entitled to hold entirely subjective opinions on issues such as gender equality, and what does or doesn’t “fit” reference DSC or any TV show/movie.

            Producers may or may not elect to maintain the clear male bias thus far demonstrated in the casting of every Star Trek, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

            Again though, I’m not interested in getting drawn into a sociopolitical debate on this issue – I thought I’d been quite explicit about that?

          • Pedro Ferreira

            Ok, I’m sorry. I didn’t know you were sensitive to those topics. I will not mention it to you again.

          • Cabo 5150

            No, respectfully, you’re making an erroneous and unfounded assumption reference my “sensitivity”.

            I understand both yours and Michael’s position here. You’ve explained consistent bias to male casting in Star Trek right from the beginning in TOS is due said casting “fitting” the respective shows. Presumably, that male bias across five Trek iterations is purely coincidental.

            If you feel there’s nothing more to it than that – fine.

            But, I’m really not “sensitive” about the subject. I simply don’t want to get into it here – and that’s really all there is to it!!

            Pedro, if you need to have the last word, be my guest – I’m out my friend!

            Cheers.

          • Pedro Ferreira

            Yeah I will have the last word by saying that when you said you didn’t want to talk about it I knew you were sensitive to talk about politics because you didn’t want to get into it and that’s fine. I’m not going to beat around the bush about it. Secondly I never said once about male bias in Star Trek casting, not sure where you got that from?

          • Nicholas Smith

            Agreed that’s the first reasonable thing I heard since the silly complaint about male female inequality which is not a thing in the United States I can’t speak to other nations I don’t live in but here everyone is equal under the law.

      • M33

        Quotas

  • Star Fox

    The USS Shenzhou maybe from after Nemesis and it comes back in time somehow that means Michelle Yeoh who plays Captain Han Bo is a Future Captain.