One sure-fire indicator that a network or media platform is supremely confident in the quality of a show they are carrying is if, before it even begins airing, it has already been cleared for an additional season. Before the remake of the classic animated series “Ducktales” premiered on Disney Channel/XD, it was already guaranteed a season 2. And when NBC revived their hit sitcom “Will & Grace” in 2017 they planned three seasons immediately. Now the same deal seems to be going for CBS All Access’ yet-to-premiere “Star Trek” spinoff, “Star Trek: Picard.” It has also been assured a follow-up.
Comic Book Resources has it that the web-streaming series “Star Trek: Picard” on CBS All Access has been assured of a second season before its premiere on the online platform next week. This was confirmed during the winter press tour of the Television Critics Association, pretty much confirming the rumors of the heavily anticipated “Star Trek” spinoff getting an extension that began in December of last year. The series will feature the long-awaited reprisal of actor Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard from “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in all-new adventures.
During the CBS All Access panel at the TVCA press tour, original content head and executive VP Julie McNamara remarked that the decision to give “Star Trek: Picard” another season before its premiere was due to fan excitement that was of a greater magnitude than what CBS’ digital streaming arm ever expected. “We’re thrilled to announce plans for a second season before the series’ debut, and we are confident that Star Trek fans and new viewers alike will be captured by the stellar cast and creative team’s meticulously crafted story,” she adds. “Picard” will start off with a 10-episode first season, which will be doubled by season 2’s 10 episodes.
General plot snippets for “Star Trek: Picard” hints that Patrick Stewart’s character, already retired from the Federation’s Starfleet, finds himself assembling an ad hoc crew to assist a woman (Isa Briones) who comes to him for help. All the while he struggles with his grief over the death of his former Enterprise officer Data, as well as the destruction of Romulus, the Romulan home-world. Aside from Stewart, other “Star Trek” alumni such as Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis and Jeri Ryan will be guest-starring. “Star Trek: Picard” premieres January 23 on CBS All Access.
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