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by Uroš Jovanović

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On Sunday, US television station CBS (air)"The Vulcan Hello", the premiere episode of Star Trek: Discovery. The episode (slate)to be the only one of the series (broadcast)on conventional television, with future installments exclusive to streaming platform CBS All Access. Discovery (continue) the long-running Star Trek franchise with the first series in the franchise (feature) a black female lead.

The airing (follow) several months of development and delays , as the series (retool) by veteran television producers (include) Bryan Fuller and Akiva
Goldsman. Initially (announce)in 2015 to celebrate Star Trek's 50th anniversary the following year, the series (plague) by setbacks, (include) departure of Bryan Fuller as showrunner in late 2016, collectively (push) its release date (move) from January to September of this year.

The series (earn) praise and controversy for its decision (cast) the lead as a black woman. Creators say this inclusivity (be) consistent with the franchise's history, which (feature) black male and white female leads. All casts (be) multi-racial, (start) with the original series, which (include) the black female character Uhura (portray) by Nichelle Nichols.

Adapted from: First Star Trek series in twelve years, Discovery, debuts on television
Photo credit: Star Trek by Omar de Armas