Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Brent Spiner is headed to another genre show, this time the CW’s Supergirl. Today Warner Bros. TV announced that Spiner has been tapped for a recurring role in the show’s fourth season.
[NOTE: As of August 21, THR reports that Spiner has had to drop out of the production “in order to attend to a family issue that conflicted with the production dates.” Bruce Boxleitner will be taking over the role.]
Supergirl elects Spiner
The man who played Data in seven TV show seasons and four Star Trek: The Next Generation feature films will be playing Vice President Baker on Supergirl, described thus: “Adept and politically minded, VP Baker makes for an unlikely leader, but steps up in a big way when his country needs him most.”
The character of President Olivia Marsdin, played by 1970s Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter in a recurring role, has already been established on Supergirl. The description of Spiner’s VP suggests he could possibly have to “step up” to the big job himself.
Spiner isn’t the only Star Trek vet to appear on Supergirl; last season, Voyager‘s Tuvok, Tim Russ, popped up in the episode “Dark Side of the Moon” as a council member from the Kryptonian city of Argo.
Supergirl returns for its fourth season on October 14 in its new timeslot of Sunday at 8/7c on The CW. You can watch the SDCC trailer below.
The android just keeps going and going
69-year-old Spiner also has a recurring role on the Cinemax horror series Outcast, playing a bad guy possessed by a demon. In recent years Spiner has also had a recurring role on the Showtime drama Ray Donovan as well as guest spots on The Blacklist and Blunt Talk, a series starring his former TNG co-star Sir Patrick Stewart. In 2016 Spiner reprised his role as Dr. Brackish Okun in Independence Day: Resurgence.