Penny Johnson Jerald has constructed up a hell of a resume as a veteran TV actor, with reveals resembling 24, The Larry Sanders Present, and even Fort all enjoying vital elements in her physique of labor. However for Star Trek followers, she’s most notably identified for taking part in Kasidy Yates Sisko on Deep Space Nine. It is a indisputable fact that wasn’t misplaced on anybody from the Trek fandom who additionally watches The Orville on Fox, which after all implies that Jerald would most positively have an opinion on her Fox present operating across the similar time as Star Trek: Discovery is unfurling on CBS All Entry.
As a matter of reality, we all know she has an opinion on the matter, as she advised us how she felt throughout a current interview to advertise The Orville. So how does Penny Johnson Jerald really feel about competing with the Star Trek franchise? Nicely, she had this to say on the matter:
I do not assume it makes a distinction. . . . I feel there’s greater than sufficient room for multiple science fiction child on the block, they usually’re totally different. To be completely sincere, I’ve not watched Discovery, I used to be blind to the truth that it was even popping out. I assumed it was one other film popping out. And I am glad about that, as a result of we have now our personal area of interest, and I feel we’re filling that. I want them effectively, nonetheless, as a result of I am from the Star Trek household, however I feel there’s room sufficient for everyone.
Whereas some could attempt to pit the 2 reveals in opposition to one another, Penny Johnson Jerald is not inquisitive about enjoying that recreation in any respect. As The Orville’s Dr. Claire Finn, she will get to play a job totally different from the law-breaking romantic curiosity to Avery Brooks’ law-abiding area station overseer. In addition to, with Star Trek: Discovery operating on CBS All Entry, people can both not watch the present or watch it any time they need. Even when one had been to observe the brand new Trek present reside, its Sunday evening launch dates would not get in the way in which of The Orville’s common Thursday evening voyage.
Whereas each are ship-faring sci-fi collection, one present appears rooted within the basic Trek custom and the opposite is extra akin to the J.J. Abrams-originated Kelvin Timeline saga, which is a reality not misplaced on Jerald’s analysis of the 2 reveals available on the market. So, after all, Penny Johnson Jerald does nonetheless choose her present base of operations within the grand scheme of issues, and for some extraordinarily logical causes, as she defined beneath:
[The Orville] is extra accessible. That is an vital situation too, as a result of we have now folks that do not have entry to this paid programming. I really like the truth that [The Orville] is on a fantastic channel, a fantastic community that the entire household can sit round. Thoughts you, they’re going to most likely have to carry some ears a bit bit with what we do.
It is laborious for followers of the Star Trek collection to get their arms on Discovery until they actually wish to subscribe to CBS All Entry so as to take action. Even when they do subscribe, there’s an opportunity that the present’s extra TV-MA method to the world of The Federation would possibly flip them off (or stop them from indulging) in the event that they’re searching for a Star Trek they’ll watch with the household. This provides the recently renewed The Orville two distinct benefits: the present airs on Fox and principally adopted the Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology mannequin of Trek storytelling, with some mildly inappropriate humor scattered all through.
Thus far, each The Orville and Star Trek: Discovery have confirmed that their first seasons are removed from newbie. On the similar time, nonetheless, each reveals are nonetheless feeling out their approaches. Ought to a rivalry between the initiatives really present itself, the additional growth of each reveals will probably be an fascinating parallel to be careful for. So far as Fox’s far-out dramedy is anxious, this simply implies that having somebody like Penny Johnson Jerald on board is a useful benefit, as she bridges the hole between Trek‘s previous and Orville‘s future.
The Orville airs on Fox, Thursday Nights at 9 p.m. ET. In the meantime, new episodes of Star Trek: Discovery drop on CBS All Entry each Sunday, at eight:30 p.m. ET.