‘Star Trek: Picard’ Renewed For Season 2 Ahead Of Season 1 Premiere In January
According to reports, CBS All Access has renewed ‘Star Trek: Picard‘ for a 2nd Season before Season 1 has even aired it has been revealed today.
The new Star Trek series features Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his role as the venerable Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on ‘Star Trek: Next Generation’. The series will follow this iconic character in the next chapter of his life.
According to Deadline, who broke the story, the 2nd Season will be another 10-episode order, and comes following the news that the Trek drama had been allotted over $20.4 million in California tax incentives to keep the production in LA. Michael Chabon, who was showrunner in Season 1 looks set to switch roles in the 2nd Season, as he will be tied up on new historical comic-related series ‘Kavalier and Clay’, adapted from his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. He will stay creatively involved, but a yet-to-be-named producer will be replacing him as showrunner.
The new cast helping Picard includes Alison Pill (‘The Newsroom’) as Dr. Agnes Jurati, Harry Treadaway (‘Penny Dreadful’) as Narek, Isa Briones (‘American Crime Story: Versace’) as Dahj, Santiago Cabrera (‘Salvation’) as Cristobal “Chris” Rios, Evan Evagora as Elnor, and Michelle Hurd (‘Blindspot’) as Raffi Musiker. The show also features some old faces to go along with the new ones, with Jonathan Frakes (Riker) Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Jeri Ryan (Seven Of Nine), and Brent Spiner (Data) will all be making appearances.
From previous reports, we also know it is set after the events of ‘Nemesis’, and the 2009 ‘Star Trek’ movie, which saw original Spock/Spock Prime (Leonard Nimoy), trying to save the Romulan homeworld of Romulus from a Supernova using Red Matter. Spock ultimately fails, and Romulus explodes. This cataclysmic event and the dissolution of the Romulan Empire has “radically altered” the life of Picard according to show creator Alex Kurtzman, and altered the balance of power in the galaxy. The new show will be the first time we’ve seen anything canon set in the “Prime” universe timeline post the destruction of Romulus.
‘Star Trek: Picard‘ premieres Friday, 24th January 2020 on Amazon Prime in the UK (and around the world) and Thursday, January 23, 2020, on CBS All Access in the USA.
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