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Prolific actor Tony Todd says he is on CBS’ shortlist for their new ‘Star Trek’ series coming to CBS All Access.  The actor (‘Candyman’, ‘Final Destination’, ‘The Man From Earth’) appeared on the horror podcast MORTIS and stated that he is in the running for this and other new TV shows, but stressed that no decisions or announcements had been made and probably wouldn’t be for several months.

Here is the excerpt pertaining to ‘Star Trek’:

Tony Todd: “CBS is doing their own series again… I’m on a very short [casting] list.”

David Ward: “Oh, so you’re actually on the list for the series?”

Todd: “Yeah. I’m on the list for a couple [of shows].”

Ward: “Well, if you’re in the series, I’ll give it a chance – because there is not a lot of mention about [the prime or alternate timeline].”

Todd: “It’s a year away. They’re not even going to get official cast until, probably, the fourth quarter of the year. And my only concern about it is that it’s going to be that [CBS All Access] online thing; I don’t understand that part.

I’ve never done a series regular — I’ve always avoided it because I like playing different characters — but this is one year that we’re looking at some stuff, so I’m sure that we’re going to be popping up and everybody’s going to move on sometime very soon.”

Todd quizzically says he hopes it’s not “that online thing” which would be the only project we know of– the as-yet untitled ‘Star Trek’ series which CBS hopes will fuel interest in their new streaming service.  The pilot episode will air on regular television in January before moving over to All Access.

Do Todd’s words mean that CBS has a second series in the works?  One meant for regular TV?

sinsofthefather_Tony-ToddDoubtful.  Since Todd is only in the running he probably wouldn’t be privy to any insider information and honestly, he doesn’t sound too definite and even says he’s considering multiple options.

As many know, Todd is a veteran of the ‘Star Trek’ franchise, having appeared as an adult Jake Sisko in the ‘Deep Space Nine’ episode “The Visitor” and as Kurn, Worf’s brother on ‘The Next Generation’ and ‘DS9’.  He also played Alpha Hirogen on ‘Voyager’ and appeared in the fan film ‘Prelude To Axanar’.

He can currently be heard supplying the voice of baddie Zoom on ‘The Flash’ (uncredited).

Podcast host David Ward stated, “Well, if you’re in the series, I’ll give it a chance.”  Todd is constantly working and has appeared on countless series, in films and provided voice work for animated series and video games.

If you were uncertain about getting CBS All Access just for this one show, would the presence of such a distinguished actor be enough to convince you?

If you don’t already have CBS All Access, do you plan to get it to watch ‘Star Trek’?  Would you like to see Tony Todd on this series?

Source: Trek Core