August 6, 2018 at 2:05 am #23348
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]
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.August 12, 2018 at 12:59 am #23366
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.September 8, 2018 at 6:37 pm #23392
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.October 7, 2018 at 6:55 am #24642
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.October 8, 2018 at 5:27 am #24648
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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