‘Star Trek: Discovery’ de­layed

Pro­ducer says qual­ity must be main­tained

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

The pre­miere of “Star Trek: Discovery’’ on CBS’ sub­scrip­tion stream­ing ser­vice, CBS All Ac­cess, was post­poned nine months to main­tain the qual­ity of the brand.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Alex Kurtz­man told the Tele­vi­sion Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion this week that they “spent a lot of time’’ dis­cussing how to cre­ate this new world for TV that felt authen­tic to the “Star Trek’’ uni­verse.

Also dur­ing that time, ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Bryan Fuller de­cided to exit the se­ries as showrun­ner to fo­cus on other projects.

Kurtz­man said “it be­came clearer and clearer’’ that the tar­geted Jan­uary de­but would “com­pro­mise the qual­ity of the show,’’ so it was pushed with the bless­ing of CBS chair­man and CEO Les­lie Moonves.

“Star Trek: Discovery’’ stars Sonequa Martin-Green of “The Walk­ing Dead,’’ as cen­tral char­ac­ter, First Of­fi­cer Michael Burn­ham. She’s the fos­ter daugh­ter of the Vul­can Sarek, who is Spock’s fa­ther.

“We are telling a story that we be­lieve in. Ev­ery­one is so pas­sion­ate. The crafts­man­ship here in our en­tire com­pany, be­hind the cam­era and in front of the cam­era, is noth­ing short of stel­lar,’’ said Green.

Kurtz­man also de­buted the theme song for “Star Trek: Discovery’’ per­formed by a 60piece orches­tra. It plays homage to the orig­i­nal theme and the en­tire song will play un­der a credit se­quence in each episode.

The time­line for the se­ries is 10 years prior to the orig­i­nal se­ries, or TOS, as Trekkies say.

Ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer Akiva Golds­man said, “We are go­ing to cross paths with com­po­nents that ‘Trek’ fans are fa­mil­iar with, but it is its own stand­alone story with its own char­ac­ters and its own unique vi­sion of ‘Trek.’’’

“Star Trek: Discovery’’ also stars Ja­son Isaacs, Michelle Yeoh and Shazad Latif.

The se­ries pre­miere will broad­cast on CBS Sept. 24. Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing, the first and sec­ond episodes will stream on CBS All Ac­cess. New episodes go­ing for­ward will be avail­able on Sun­days.


Sonequa Martin-Green, from left, Mary Chi­effo and Ja­son Isaacs par­tic­i­pate in the “Star: Trek Discovery” panel dur­ing the CBS Tele­vi­sion Crit­ics As­so­ci­a­tion Sum­mer Press Tour at CBS Stu­dio Cen­ter on Tues­day, in Bev­erly Hills, Calif.

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