Picard, 20 years after Nemesis: the series

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    It was announced this weekend at the Las Vegas Star Trek convention that CBS All Access’ next Star Trek offshoot is a series depicting Picard 20 years after the events of Nemesis. And of course, it’d be dead in the water without Patrick Stewart aboard…which he is. [LINK]

    Picard

    The acclaimed Shakespearean actor is set to headline a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access, reprising his iconic Next Generation character, Captain Jean-Luc Picard. The project, which has been rumored since the June announcement of a Star Trek universe expansion with new series, was just unveiled by Stewart himself in a surprise appearance at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention.

    The new series, which is not a Star Trek: Next Generation reboot, will tell the story of the next chapter of Picard’s life. It will be shepherded by Star Trek: Discovery co-creator/executive producer Alex Kurtzman who was tapped to oversee development of new Star Trek content under a big new overall deal with CBS TV Studios.

    “With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold,” Kurtzman said. “For over 20 years, fans have hoped for the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and that day is finally here. We can’t wait to forge new ground, surprise people, and honor generations both new and old.”

    The new series is the creation of longtime Trek novelist Kirsten Beyer. No idea whether or not any other TNG alumni will be appearing as well.

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    People are going to freak out when the new visual designs don’t fit the old series. They can’t understand that the company that used to make Star Trek has been split into two and the visual rights are like the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea – a no-man’s-land of legal landmines that neither side want to walk through and provoke the other side.

    It could be interesting if he were an ambassador. A season might take place on one ship that’s shuttling him to whatever hotspot he’s having to deal with, then the next season it might be an entirely different ship, crew, and situation. The man’s in his late 70s, he needs a good ensemble cast to do most of the work. There’s a bunch of Next Gen alums who haven’t aged too badly that could do cameos. This might be a really great thing. I’m going to be hopeful about this one.

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    Speaking of men in their 70s…

    I’d like to humbly put in a request for Dennis McCarthy to do the music.

    No, seriously. It just wouldn’t seem right or sound right if he didn’t.

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    Waaaaait a minute. This just got really interesting. [LINK]

    The speculation in the trades, and our own, expected the Picard show to be a limited series.

    Speaking to TrekMovie at New York Comic Con on Saturday, executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin confirmed that actually, the plan is for new Picard show to be an ongoing Star Trek series. Heather Kadin specifically confirmed they are planning for the Picard series to run multiple seasons.

    Speaking to TrekMovie following the panel Kadin and Kurtzman confirmed that production on the Picard show is expected to begin in April 2019. They were not able to provide any estimates on when the show would be released, but if the Picard show follows the same pattern as Discovery, it could debut in early 2020.

    When asked about CBS Studios David Stapf’s comments from August saying there “should be a Star Trek something on all the time on All Access,” Kadin confirmed with TrekMovie that the plan is to not have Star Trek shows overlap. She also noted they plan to have breaks between the various Trek shows, to build up fan anticipation.

    Kurtzman also talked about how the Picard will relate to Discovery. Responding to a fan question during the Q&A portion of the panel the executive producer said that Jean-Luc Picard “will not mesh into this season [of Discovery], that will be its own thing.”

    This is getting kind of exciting.

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    It might be a yearly mini-series. The man’s 78 years old, it’s great that he’s in fantastic shape and wants to work on a new show, but he might not want to keep up the pace of a full series. A five-part series instead of a full season would be perfectly acceptable. Most fans will be over the moon just to have a little bit of The Next Generation back on their TVs. Myself, I couldn’t care less – I think it’s one of the weaker versions of Trek. Too many broken holodeck episodes has poisoned my memories of it.

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    More interesting news. [LINK]

    Alex Kurtzman is pulling back the curtain on the upcoming project, revealing that a cataclysmic event depicted in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek movie impacted Picard in a big way. In that film, written by Kurtzman and former producing partner Roberto Orci, it was revealed that Nimoy’s Spock failed to save the Romulan homeworld Romulus from a supernova several years after the events of Nemesis.

    “Picard’s life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire,” Kurtzman tells THR. The Picard series will be the first onscreen Trek story set in the aftermath of that event, which would have altered the balance of power in the galaxy. The destruction of Romulus would also have extra resonance for Picard, who has a long and complicated relationship with the Romulans, the alien race that split from Vulcan society thousands of years ago and founded a separate civilization. The Romulans went on to control a portion of the galaxy, and the empire was in opposition to the Federation for all of Picard’s career.

    One of his goals as captain of the Enterprise was seeking a peace between the Romulan Empire and the Federation. Picard teamed with Spock during the events of the Next Generation two-part story “Unification,” in which they learned that Romulans claiming to seek a peaceful reunification with the Vulcans were actually planning a secret takeover. And in the events of Nemesis, Picard faced off with a clone of himself (Tom Hardy) created by the Romulans.

    Kurtzman says Stewart agreed to return only if he could defy what people are used to seeing with Trek. “He threw down an amazing gauntlet and said, ‘If we do this, I want it to be so different, I want it to be both what people remember but also not what they’re expecting at all, otherwise why do it?’ ” Kurtzman recalls of their initial discussions for what would become the highly anticipated CBS All Access series.

    The Picard series is just one in Kurtzman’s Trek empire. It will join the flagship series Star Trek Discovery, as well as Lower Decks, the upcoming half-hour animated comedy from Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty), and the shortform entry Short Treks. Other projects in development include a second kids-focused animated series (that may live outside of CBS All Access), a Discovery spinoff starring Michelle Yeoh and the younger-skewing Starfleet Academy from Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage (The O.C.).

    For Trek fans, part of the draw of the upcoming Picard show is not only seeing Stewart back, but the possibility that members of his old crew might stop by for a cameo. Is that on the table?

    “Anything could happen,” Kurzman says.

    Color me intrigued. (Side note: still not interested in a whole spinoff about Section 31. I don’t care how gutsy and sexy it is.)

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    Filming starts in a month. Casting has begun. [LINK]

    Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd have been cast as series regulars alongside Sir Patrick Stewart on the upcoming untitled Star Trek series which will explore the next chapter of Jean-Luc Picard. The news was announced today by CBS All Access.

    Santiago Cabrera recently starred for two seasons on the CBS suspense thriller Salvation, and appeared in Big Little Lies opposite Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman. Cabrera, also known for his role as Aramis in the BBC series The Musketeers, counts among his other television credits The Mindy Project, Merlin, Heroes, and the telemovie Hemingway and Gellhorn. His film credits include Che, For Greater Glory, and Transformers: The Last Knight.

    Michelle Hurd brought life to Shepherd on Blindspot, and was recently seen on Lethal Weapon. Hurd’s other television credits include Ash Vs. Evil Dead, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, The Glades, and CBS’ Hawaii Five-0. Among her film credits are You Can Choose Your Family and We Don’t Belong Here.

    Hang on for the ride. Man, at what point are they chucking more Trek at us that even the most ardent fan can’t keep up anymore?

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