Star Trek executive producers Alex Kurtzman & Heather Kadin share that the upcoming untitled Picard series is planned for multiple seasons on CBS All Access. Marking the return of Patrick Stewart in the beloved franchise reprising his iconic role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, the show is dubbed to be "an exploration of the next chapter of Picard's life" but will not connect narratively to Star Trek Discovery.
There was a lot of Star Trek news that came out of this year's New York Comic Con, including the reveal of a brand new Spock for Discovery and the confirmation of the release date of the show's second season. But while Trekkies are happy to learn more about what lies ahead in the existing series, many fans are also looking forward to knowing details about the much-anticipated Picard show.
Following the NYCC Discovery panel, Kurtzman and Kadin sat down with TrekMovie to talk more about the upcoming Stewart-starring show. The pair revealed that CBS is looking to make the Picard-centered project an ongoing series, with Kadin adding that multiple seasons are already in the cards. In terms of production, filming is expected to begin in April with the writers' room currently busy coming up with possible narrative ideas for four weeks now. While no release date has been announced, if the project sticks to its initial schedule, the show will be ready for roll out by 2020.
The confirmation that the Picard show won't just be one-time thing backs up CBS' plans to ensure that a Star Trek show is airing on CBS All Access all-year long. Back in August, CBS TV Studios president David Stapf said that "goal is that there should be a Star Trek something on all the time on All Access" especially after Discovery proved that the franchise is a great way to lure viewership. It's not a secret that the streaming giant was counting on the Sonequa Martin-Green-led show to catapult the platform, and with a hit on their hands, expanding the brand is the way to go with possible spinoffs for every character supposedly in the works.
As previously mentioned, the Picard show will not be a reboot of Star Trek: The Next Generation but instead a continuation of his story, which is a good thing since fans will also be able to reunite with other The Next Generation crew. Late last month, Stewart shared a photo from the set of his brand new gig featuring him alongside the series' producers huddled in what looks like a production meeting. With the franchise evolving over the years since Stewart last played the role, it's interesting how people behind the project will approach the new series in a way that it feels both fresh to bring in a new generation of supporters and still familiar for old time fans.