The Star Trek: The Next Generation star will helm an hour of the CBS All Access sci-fi drama, EW.com reports.
Frakes played the dashing Commander William T. Riker in the late-1980s/early-’90s iteration of the Trek franchise. His directing credits include Leverage, Castle, Burn Notice, NCIS: Los Angeles and The Librarians, as well as an episode of Fox’s upcoming Trek spoof The Orville. Frakes also directed eight episodes of TNG, as well as a few Deep Space Nine and Voyager eps and the Trek films Insurrection and First Contact.
The long-delayed reboot will premiere on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 8:30/7:30c on both CBS and its streaming arm CBS All Access. Subsequent episodes will drop every Sunday only on CBS All Access, with the second episode available the same night as the premiere.
The Walking Dead alum Sonequa Martin-Green will play Discovery First Officer Michael Burnham, while Jason Isaacs (The OA) plays Captain Lorca. The cast also includes Doug Jones (Falling Skies) as science officer Lt. Saru (an alien), Anthony Rapp (Broadway’s Rent) as astromycologist Lt. Stamets, Rekha Sharma (Battlestar Galactica) as security officer Commander Landry, Shazad Latif (Penny Dreadful) as Lt. Tyler.