New Star Trek Series Gets Help From ‘Sneaky Pete,’ ’30 Rock’

By February 14, 2017

CBS is looking everywhere it can for what it hopes will be the right cast mix for Star Trek: Discovery – including places like The Walking Dead and even the musical Rent.

But now, how about a little Sneaky Pete and 30 Rock?

Filming for Discovery already is underway, and the production has added three more cast members who will play Starfleet officers in the prequel series. They include Terry Serpico as Adm. Anderson, Maulik Pancholy as Dr. Nambue and Sam Vartholomeos as Ensign Connor.

Serpico, who earned a Daytime Emmy nomination last year for the children’s series The Inspectors, is probably best known for his role as Frank Sherwood in the Lifetime series Army Wives. However, more recently, viewers had a chance to check him out in the Amazon crime drama created by David Shore and Bryan Cranston, Sneaky Pete.

While he made a film appearance last year in The Purge: Election Year, his work has been primarily television, including more recent CBS outings like Elementary and Limitless.

Pancholy’s character will actually serve as the chief medical officer of the USS Shenzhou, which will be commanded by Michelle Yeoh’s Capt. Georgiou. He, of course, appeared in more than 60 episodes of the critically acclaimed NBC series 30 Rock as Jonathan, the quite loyal assistant to Alec Baldwin’s Jack Donaghy.

He also played Sanjay in the Showtime comedy Weeds, and more recently has voiced characters in animated series like Phineas and Ferb for Disney, and Sanjay and Craig for Nickelodeon.

Vartholomeos also will play an officer aboard the Shenzhou, but one at much lower rank then Pancholy. CBS said his credits include The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and The Following, although this seems to be the first major acting role for the up-and-comer.

Discovery – which also stars Sonequa Martin-Green from The Walking Dead, Anthony Rapp from Rent and Doug Jones from Falling Skies – is prepping for what CBS hopes will be a May launch on its subscription streaming service, CBS All Access.

The first original scripted series on the service, The Good Wife spin-off The Good Fight, premieres this weekend.

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Michael Hinman

Michael Hinman

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Michael began what has become nearly 19 years of entertainment reporting as the founder of SyFy Portal, which would become Airlock Alpha after he sold the SyFy brand to NBC Universal. He's based out of New York City where he is the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper in the Bronx.