Following the NYCC Star Trek: Discovery panel TrekMovie had a chance to speak to most of the panelists during a series of roundtable interviews. We will be posting videos of these interviews in the upcoming week, but wanted to share some news about the Picard series now.
The ongoing adventures of Jean-Luc Picard
In August at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention executive producer Alex Kurtzman surprised the world by bringing out Sir Patrick Stewart to announce he was returning to his Star Trek: The Next Generation role of Jean-Luc Picard for a new Star Trek series on CBS All Access. At the time it was made clear that most details were still being determined and it wasn’t confirmed what kind of form the show would take. The speculation in the trades, and our own, expected the Picard show to be a limited series.
Speaking to TrekMovie at New York Comic Con on Saturday, executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin confirmed that actually, the plan is for new Picard show to be an ongoing Star Trek series. Heather Kadin specifically confirmed they are planning for the Picard series to run multiple seasons.
Planning out the Picard series and more Trek
During the Discovery panel itself, Kurtzman spoke very briefly about the Picard series, saying the writers’ room is up and running, and noting “we are four weeks in.” Speaking to TrekMovie following the panel Kadin and Kurtzman confirmed that production on the Picard show is expected to begin in April 2019. They were not able to provide any estimates on when the show would be released, but if the Picard show follows the same pattern as Discovery, it could debut in early 2020.
The producers did talk about how they hoped to roll out the various shows in the planned expansion of the Star Trek television universe. When asked about CBS Studios David Stapf’s comments from August saying there “should be a Star Trek something on all the time on All Access,” Kadin confirmed with TrekMovie that the plan is to not have Star Trek shows overlap. She also noted they plan to have breaks between the various Trek shows, to build up fan anticipation.
Picard show stands alone
Kurtzman also talked about how the Picard will relate to Discovery. Responding to a fan question during the Q&A portion of the panel the executive producer said that Jean-Luc Picard “will not mesh into this season [of Discovery], that will be its own thing.”
No other details on the Picard show were revealed during the panel or at our roundtable discussion. However, at the panel Kurtzman did tease the crowd regarding the Picard show saying “Who wants to know who the bad guys are?” only to then say “no” he wasn’t going to give out that kind of info.
More from NYCC
There is more to come from our coverage of New York Comic Con. In case you missed it, check out the Star Trek: Discovery season two trailer and season two images released at NYCC. Coming up, we will also have a full report from the Discovery panel, analysis of the season two trailer, interviews and more. So stay tuned.
Keep up with all the news on the Picard show and other upcoming Star Trek TV shows here at TrekMovie.com.