In a vote of confidence, CBS All Access has given ‘Star Trek: Picard’ an early Season 2 renewal. The first season doesn’t arrive until January 23, 2020. But there is a ton of excitement over this series, especially after the first trailer was released at San Diego Comic-Con last summer, so this renewal should come as no surprise. In fact, in September, Patrick Stewart divulged that a second season could start filming in March, indicating that CBS All Access, or Paramount, or both were already banking on a second season.
As he stated at the time:
“I am not giving up my stage work, though it may have to wait for now because there are three projects that I have finished, two films and the TV series, which all need promotion. So I am clearing the decks for that, and then there is also the possibility of a second Picard series filming in March next year.”
The first season will consist of ten episodes, as will the second. Because CBS All Access is a smaller, fledgling streaming service, episodes of new shows are doled out one per week, instead of the Netflix/Amazon/Hulu practice of dumping entire seasons at once, to be binged. This encourages subscribers to stick around and pay for the service, instead of signing up for a free trial and binging an entire season before canceling.
Patrick Stewart returns in the beloved role of Jean-Luc Picard, now a retired Star Fleet Admiral. Season 1 promises guest-appearances by Jonathan Frakes as Will Riker, Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi, Brent Spiner as Data, and ‘Voyager’s Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine. The regular cast includes Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, and Isa Briones.
‘Star Trek: Picard’ was developed by Alex Kurtzman, with Michael Chabon acting as showrunner for Season 1. It was recently announced, however, that Chabon is exiting ‘Picard’ to oversee the adaptation of his novel ‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay’ as a series on Showtime.
Are you looking forward to ‘Star Trek: Picard’? The first season kicks off on January 23, 2020.