8:07am PT by Rick Porter
'Star Trek: Picard' Renewed for Season 2 Ahead of Series Premiere on CBS All Access
CBS All Access is engaging Star Trek: Picard for an extended mission.
The drama has received an informal go-ahead for a second season of the series, which marks Patrick Stewart's return to the Trek universe for the first time in nearly 18 years, a month ahead of its series premiere. Star Trek: Picard is scheduled to debut Jan. 23.
CBS All Access declined comment. The informal renewal was triggered by a $20.45 million in tax credit infusion from the California Film Commission; it's one of 16 projects to receive credits for basing production in the state. (Season one also received tax credits.) News of a likely renewal also came last week when Picard producers CBS TV Studios inked showrunner Michael Chabon to an overall deal that will see him continue on for a second season before ultimately handing over the series to someone else in order to focus on development. At that time, as is the case Monday, CBS All Access could not confirm a formal renewal. Sources say that is likely to come with news of a new showrunner to take over for Chabon.
Star Trek: Picard will follow Stewart's character 20 years after the events of his last appearance in the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis. The actor was initially hesitant to revisit the role, but a 35-page document outlining the series from Chabon helped convince him.
"We wanted it to be a real-time follow-up to where we last saw Picard," executive producer Akiva Goldsman said at New York Comic-Con in October. "We wanted to let the ensuing years that have happened for us also have happened for Jean-Luc. We spent a lot of time, collaboratively, filling in the intervening years. We know pretty much everything that happened in those 20 years. … I include in 'we,' Patrick, who is the singular expert in Picard."
Star Trek: Picard also stars Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera and Harry Treadaway.
Along with Chabon and Goldsman, the executive producers are Trek franchise captain Alex Kurtzman, Stewart, James Duff, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth. Star Trek: Discovery veteran Hanelle Culpepper directed the first two episodes.