Star Trek Discovery Cast Maulik Pancholy Dr. Nambue

Star Trek: Discovery Adds 30 Rock Vet, Two More to Play Starfleet Officers

Patching up wounds in space has to be easier than attending to Jack Donaghy’s every whim, doesn’t it?

Star Trek: Discovery has added a trio of actors to play Starfleet officers, CBS All Access announced on Monday. And among them is Maulik Pancholy, who played Jack’s (too) loyal assistant Jonathan for seven seasons on NBC’s 30 Rock. Pancholy will play Dr. Nambue, the chief medical officer aboard the Starship Shenzou, Discovery‘s primary vessel. (That makes him the new show’s Bones McCoy, right?)

Joining Pancholy in the Discovery cast are Terry Serpico (Army Wives), who will play Admiral Anderson, a high-ranking Starfleet official, and Sam Vartholomeos (The Following), who will play Ensign Connor, a junior officer assigned to the Shenzou.

CBS All Access’ Trek series is off to a rocky start — there’s still no premiere date set, after several delays and a showrunner change — but the cast is shaping up nicely. The Walking Dead‘s Sonequa Martin-Green will star as a lieutenant commander, and Michelle Yeoh will play the Shenzou’s Captain Georgiou. Plus, James Frain (True Blood, Orphan Black) is set to play Spock’s father Sarek, which connects Discovery back to the original Trek series.

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  1. Mark says:

    Was not expecting the 30 Rock vet to be Jonathan. My guess was Pete.

  2. A. D. says:

    I’m a HUGE Star Trek fan…seen every show and movie…and this show’s casting is boring the crap out of me…nothing excited about it at all…ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  3. Never Watched 30 Rock. Did catch him in a couple of episodes in Whitney. Thought he was terrible. Truly Awful.

    Not feeling enthused by any of this.

  4. Temperance says:

    ‘Georgiou’ seems like too much of a mouthful to say fifty times an episode.

  5. Youry De Jong says:

    As long as he keeps saying “I’m a doctor, not a….” it’ll be alright.

  6. IDK says:

    This series has stink-bomb written all over it. Maybe CBS should use the cash to fund those DS9 Blu Rays instead…

    • Cory Clare says:

      TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!!!!! The way the Klingons look is moronic and breaking Canon. So I will not be watching this POS

      • Tom says:

        I’ve heard the Klingon thing is a misunderstanding and that they are NOT Klingons. I hope they’re not. I need them not to be.

  7. TVFan says:

    As a sign of the continuity, Dr. McCoy appeared in the pilot episode of The Next Generation, Capt. Picard appeared in the pilot of DS9, Quark appeared in the pilot of Voyager, and Zephram Cochran (from First Contact) appeared in the pilot of Enterprise. Will they have someone from Enterprise appear in the pilot of Discovery?

  8. Billy Bob Johnson says:

    Wait, I thought CBS said they’re already filming, and they’re still adding main characters??? Yeah, sure, this one will be “fantastic”. Still not paying for All Access just to watch one show.