We’ve got a roundup of different Star Trek: Discovery news bits today, from CBS’s corporate leadership to new statements from one of the show’s freshman cast members.

Now that the feared WGA Writers’ Strike has been averted, CBS appears to be feeling more comfortable again targeting a Fall 2017 premiere window for Star Trek: Discovery.

CBS President Les Moonves restated the corporation’s plans to launch Discovery on CBS All Access later this year at yesterday’s Milken Institute Global Conference. Reader Michael Wong was in attendance and shared this quote from Moonves:

In addition, Moonves reiterated previously-stated comments that the series’ funding was largely supported by Netflix licensing for global distribution, and that CBS All Access was chosen as the show’s home in the USA based on previous streaming performances of the other Trek television properties on Netflix.

CBS also held its 2017 Q1 corporate earnings call this afternoon, but did not discuss Star Trek: Discovery during the hour-long presentation.

Meanwhile, former showrunner and Discovery developer Bryan Fuller spoke about his goals to cast a highly-diverse cast for the series in an interview with CBR.com this week.

“We were very adamant early on about that cast, not just in terms of race but also in terms of gender. Janeway (of ‘Star Trek: Voyager’) carved a nice path as did Majel Barrett (Nurse Christine Chapel in the original ‘Star Trek’ series) in 1966, in the original pilot. So it was important for ethnic inclusivity and gender inclusivity (to be upheld in casting).

I was very excited to cast Michelle Yeoh before I left. I was pushing very hard for Sonequa Martin-Green to be cast before I left. So I feel like there’s a lot of wonderful diversity represented in the show, and I’m excited to see how it turns out.”

Fuller left his position at Star Trek: Discovery in late October after the required commitment to the series interfered with his position leading Starz’ television adaptation of American Gods, which debuted last weekend in the United States.

Actress Clare McConnell, who joined the Klingon cast of Discovery last week, spoke to Toronto’s Metro News about her new role, which she reveals has been in place since December.

“I’m very excited. I’ve known since December, so I’ve been hiding it from all my friends,” McConnell exclaimed.

McConnell got the role after just one audition, and although she wasn’t required to speak any Klingon for it, as soon as she got the role she was thrown into lessons with a dialect coach.

Virtually all information about the series is being kept under tight lock and key, but McConnell could say that sets for the ships looked incredible and her character has a very cool costume.
McConnell said there’s an atmosphere on set that everyone wants to get it right, because Star Trek is such a beloved series.

“Each series is such a classic thing, but also such an innovative thing,” she explained. “The actors have really been encouraged to make it their own. I’ve even been encouraged to make the Klingon language my own.”

For those of you dismayed about CBS supposedly “just now” casting new roles for the in-production series, this story should serve to dispel that myth: hiring and announcement timelines don’t appear to be so related.

Check back to TrekCore often for the latest Discovery news!

 

  • Alex Huffman

    “…make the Klingon language my own.”

    It’ll be pretty tough to redo the most widely-spoken fictional language. What does this say about other parts of the canon they’re going to “make their own?” I’m not bashing, just curiously waiting with anticipation.

    • Spin-El

      I don’t think she means she can just redo the language. It more like how Shatner made the English language “his own” in the original series. Its the same language with his own flair. It adds to the character.

    • Xandercom

      It’s pretty well established by now that this is a “soft” reboot.
      Take all the Trek assets, sprinkle in some TOS fanboys, put it all in a bowl, add some Netflix dollars, mix it all up and throw it at the wall as hard as you can.
      Charge a monthly fee to see the stuff that’s stuck to the brickwork!

      • Charles Baxter

        Actually that’s not correct at all. They are doing a different take on it. Since they have cast so many Klingons I wouldn’t be surprised if Klingons are the main cast.

        • Xandercom

          Dude, if it were any more of a reboot it would be produced by Bad Robot.

          • Cabo 5150

            No, DSC is a straight TOS prequel set in the Prime Universe…

            https://www.trektoday.com/content/2017/05/star-trek-discovery-is-definitely-a-prequel/

          • Xandercom

            Oh great, okay, soI guess we can expect sets which look like this, right? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bf4553f630cc9f00fd359f59e9eed026928d53fec2e91d539f68e102bbd15bb4.png

          • Cabo 5150

            Never said a word about sets, but, DSC “is a genuine prequel to TOS” –
            straight from the horse’s mouth, matey.

            What’s it like to be wrong so often?

          • Xandercom

            As with all prequels, particularly the last two Star Trek attempts, the producers get stuck between a rock and a hard place.
            The rock being the TOS fans they had hope to draw in by recasting and reconning characters, and the hard place being the people who have absolutely no interest in, or in many cases an active dislike for TOS, but give it a chance anyway. Who do they aim the show at? Can they please both at the same time?
            So, again as per the last two prequel attempts, this ends up as something neither party really likes, and ultimately end up a failure. It’s far to advanced for TOS..I can’t wait to see a young Sarak..these are nothing like the TOS characters, the ship looks really bad, the ship looks really awesome and retro… you see the issues with trying to please two very distinct and highly divisive sections of the fanbase?

            In forums you start to see arguments like “Beyond was the best one of the three”, yet by the 3rd movie audience retention was lost to the point of a box office flop costing Paramount millions of Dollars.
            Enterprise was much the same, the popular argument by those who enjoyed it is “The 4th season was when it just began to get good!” But again, by that point audience retention was lost as all but the TOS fans turned off after it became a parody of it’s self.
            You have to question just who the people flying the flag for the last breaths of each prequel attempt actually are, but in either case it’s a matter of fact that said flag flyers were clearly not enough to keep the productions financially viable.
            In both cases, it’s the TOS fans who claim that each version found it’s feet at precisely the point in which the wider audience was no longer interested. Of course they are the loudest voices! By that point everyone else had turned off.
            Now, far be it from Paramount or CBS to learn from their historic mistakes (particularly when they bring TOS fans in to the production, or god forbid as showrunner) just who do they think they are aiming STD at? Is it a full on push to the TOS fans, a high budget “Star Trek Continues”, or is it aimed at the wider viewership who have no real specific interest in TOS?
            Will the producers end up pissing off the TOS fans by pushing stories which violate the canon, and indeed the childhood memories of TOS they really hoped STD would be, or will the producers try to retain the wider viewership at the expense of the core TOS fans?
            Only time will tell.
            As a non-TOS fan who was disappointed that Enterprise looked more “Star Trek Continues” than a continuation of Star Trek, and who feels the Bad Robot movies have pissed all over the values and cerebral entertainment Trek has given since the early 80’s, I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that I am setting my expectations in to a negative value.
            I sure as hell won’t be paying a penny to watch it until it has a good few seasons and universal critical acclaim under it’s belt.
            I’m done with pre-production enthusiasm, I’m done with disappointment, and I’m done with stupid production direction and all-round showboating of the Star Trek brand by idiots who want to turn it in to something different. You’ll find that over a decade of this has pushed pretty much everyone away from Star Trek, aside of course from the TOS fans who have been caught hook, line and sinker in to getting themselves a CBS All Action subscription. How could they possibly resist?

          • Cabo 5150

            You’re done with DSC, well then, let me be the first to congratulate you and say…

            Door. Ass. Hit. Let. Way out.

          • Xandercom

            Pretty much everyone but TOS fans is done with STD by this point darling. But look on the bright side that you’ve got Netflix’s top shelf budget funding your one and only season, so you’ve got something far more valuable to you than everyone else’s jack shit since 2004.

          • Cabo 5150

            [Xandercom]…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…everyone is done with DSC except TOS fans…click…[/Xandercom]

          • Xandercom

            You need confining to sickbay mate.

          • Cabo 5150

            Oooo… so sharp, so cutting…

          • Xandercom

            I’m going to hazard a guess at your age as 16 as a maximum.

          • Cabo 5150

            Hmm, in a previous thread you were accusing TOS fans like myself of being “fat 50 something’s living in their parents basements”, now I’m 16?

            Inconsistent, lame and flailing much.

            Good old Xander “often wrong” com, as Lore might name you.

          • Xandercom

            Link please?

          • Cabo 5150

            Your exact, narrow minded, ageist and body shaming quote…

            “I couldn’t care less about TOS. With this show gradually turning in to a TOS fest it’s pretty much annoying the hell out of anyone who isn’t a fat 50 yearold watching in the dark after the Mrs has gone to bed.”

            Here’s the link… http://trekcore.com/blog/2017/03/star-trek-discovery-casts-rainn-wilson-as-harry-mudd/

      • Cabo 5150

        Nope, DSC is a straight TOS prequel set in the Prime Universe…

        https://www.trektoday.com/content/2017/05/star-trek-discovery-is-definitely-a-prequel/

  • Xandercom

    Flop.

    • Cabo 5150

      Xandercom, you really must stop talking about yourself with such negative terminology. Stamping your feet when others ignore your silliness won’t get you anywhere – now will it?

      There, there my poppet, you just climb down from the trolling tree and have a nice, calming cup of camomile tea. It’s all gonna be OK.

      • Xandercom

        Smashing response, hats off to you Sir…

  • Edward McGuire

    Clare. Not Claire.

  • Xandercom

    It’s done.
    No one under 40 cares,
    Buy all the DVD’s,
    Prop up CBS.
    KissKiss xx

    • pittrek

      I’m 36. I am willing to give the show a chance.

      • Xandercom

        I’m 34 and you can drown in your own blood, P’tak.

      • M33

        And all of us are older than Captain Kirk when he took command of the Enterprise.

        Now that’s a weird thought…

  • prodigyrick

    Yummy!

  • M33

    At some point, if Discovery diverts too far from Prime canon, I wonder if later on after a couple of seasons they will decide instead that this new series is another “alternate reality” Trek.
    Given how much emphasis there has been on “reimagining” the established tropes of that specific era, the tone sounds more in line with the creative thinking that produced the Kelvin timeline movies.
    At least those were clear about their intent to have a new timeline from the beginning in order to not muck up the previously (and laboriously) established canon.
    We shall see.
    This will be an interesting experiment nonetheless.

    • mr joyce

      some good points there. however, as is with all trek, i think fans will decide if its canon or not in their own heads, even if its confirmed that its prime timeline by the makers. subtle differences in production techniques or slight differences in design that some fans dont like is often all is needed for them to argue that something is not canon.

      i think an important thing to think about though is this; they can’t afford for this to flop. imagine if it did? we will be waiting a long time for more trek on tv thats for sure, as it is weve been waiting ten years or so. i really hope this turns out good

      • Xandercom

        “Diverts too far from canon”.
        Mate, this is a big budget fan concept no one asked for, completely derivative of EVERYTHING that has come before, and CBS and Netflix are supposing every trek fan will jump on board and give it two thumbs up.

        I can not fathom how CBS can, in any reality, genuinely believe this to be the case when Discovery is neither a continuation of the successful canonical history up to the last time they dropped the ball with Enterprise.

        Here’s the CBS formula:
        Star Trek TV shows were good, and there are no star trek tv shows now, so lets make star trek tv shows and it will be good.

        What CBS and these maniacs believe is that throwing money at a professional fanboy will result in many, many years of fruitful moar trek.

        What these CBS maniacs fail to grasp is the sheer girth of the pole it shafted the franchise with by churning out Enterprise. It was a complete failure, evidenced by the fact that it was pulled. Of course, the TOS fans dislike that because “it was just getting good” at the same point the rest of us said “wtf am I watching”.

        Far be it from CBS to be the only ones with braincells the size of nanoprobes.. Paramount have done exactly the same. 3 movies, maybe a 4th sometime, at some point, when it’s not insultingly derivative of the stories it is rebooting without a care in the world. Another stupid idea no one wanted.

        You really think anyone, in any country, is going to go in to Discovery with nothing but the lowest level of contempt for the latest insult to a 50 year history of cerebral and psycological drama? At this point CBS has burned through so much of the goodwill associated with the franchise that good people with good intentions are going out of their way to slam the ball back in their faces for abusing the quiet kid they don’t understand.

        Discovery is dead. People want it to fail, it’s a protest vote, like your Trump is a protest vote. There is no interest in Trump outside of the USA, and there is no interest in Discovery outside of CBS. We want both to fail, perhaps it give you pause to think just what the hell it is you do actually want.

        • mr joyce

          hey, you replied to the wrong person, i think you meant that for the original poster. but i’ll reply anyway, because your post was interesting.

          don’t judge it before youve seen it, it still could be really good!

          • Xandercom

            The fact that it is yet another prequel is revolting to me. It’s an insult you’ll find commonplace.

          • mr joyce

            how can you describe it as revolting and an insult? thats a strange way to describe it. i get that a lot of fans are upset about how they perceive the final production will turn out, but a good mantra to use is ‘don’t knock it til you’ve tried it’. it won’t be anywhere near as bad as the negative fans think it will be

          • Cabo 5150

            mr joyce, it’s truly futile to even attempt to use reason or logic with Xandercom – that boat sailed long ago I’m afraid.

          • mr joyce

            shame though, he made a couple decent points, just needs to dial back the exaggeration a bit.. indicates he/she is a youth

          • Cabo 5150

            The best aspect of your ridiculous priori “judgement” and revulsion to DSC is the fact you, of course, won’t be watching it, and we won’t have to read any “reviews” or further pathetic drivel and/or diatribes from you.

        • Leucadia

          Xandercom, for all of your declarations that Discovery is dead, and trying to prove to everyone that you somehow don’t care about this show, I find it funny that you spend so much time talking about it. You say the show will fail, but I bet you will be one of the first who orders it. Now please get down off your high horse and join the rest of us meager Trek fans. Your trolling is getting very old and stale like mold on bread.

    • Xandercom

      I can’t wait for the serialized showrunner wankfest abuse of the concept of “Star Trek” this fall.

      Gone are the days of cerebral independent science fiction stories, grounded in the current state of the art, but we’ll thoroughly look forward to paying to watch story after story, climaxing in an end of season “best of both worlds” which intentionally leaves the last 20 minutes until next year.

      The only thing worse than watching something which breaks apart who you are, is seeing others fall in to the trap and lovingly accept it as “the modern gritty version” no one wants to see, and then defending it, without anyone ever having seen a single frame.

      You clones are the problem, not the solution, and we’ll all end up paying for your ignorant stupidity,.

      • M33

        When I hear Hollywood say “darker, modern, grittier”, the reality often means “profanity, violence & gore, and nudity”, all of which to me are tools Hollywood uses to cover for mediocre storytelling and to sell sensationalism (all of which I find both cliche and boring).
        I remember reading a survey where they asked people if they would watch Game of Thrones if it didn’t have nudity, violence, and gore. Only 30% said they would still watch the show. A pretty revealing survey!
        Given what Fuller did with American Gods, I can expect that we are going to see some of that…style… carry into this series, too.
        I hope to be proven wrong.

        • Ace Stephens

          I remember reading a survey where they asked people if they would watch Game of Thrones if it didn’t have nudity, violence, and gore. Only 30% said they would still watch the show. A pretty revealing survey!

          I would assume that would be because they felt it was breaking from the appropriate tone for the work (show and book). Not because they were just like, “Yo, boobies, blood, entrails!” More like, “I showed up here expecting at least some boobies, blood and entrails because that’s what I heard this is in terms of many of its most memorable moments. …Why would I stick around if you gave me some ‘ten minutes missing per episode’ version where all the intense things are omitted when they’re so intrinsically tied to the show’s character?”

          It’s like asking fans if they’d watch Star Trek without the optimism, social allegories, science and inclusive cast. I wouldn’t be surprised if a significant portion was like, “Uh…no? Because then it’s not really Star Trek.”

  • Locutus

    I kind of hoped American Gods would tank, so Fuller could spend his time on Discovery. Looks like American Gods already got picked up for a second season though, ah well.

    At least his drive for inclusivity seems to have survived. I wish Fuller had noted Nichelle Nichols alongside Mulgrew and Barrett. Nonetheless, I am really stoked to finally see this cast on screen.

  • The reference to Majel Barrett was for the original pilot, aka, when she played Captain Pike’s #1. Not when she was relegated to the role of Dr McCoy’s hot nurse. Number One, and Janeway are examples of female leaders from Star Trek’s past. Nichelle Nichols was a female, but she wasn’t in a leadership role.

  • BigTop

    I think they will kill the Star Trek spirit with too many special effects…