After a few delays, the second season of the Paramount+ series Star Trek: Picard began production this week.
Jean-Luc and the gang are back
There has been a long road to starting production on the second season of Star Trek: Picard, the series featuring the return of Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his Star Trek: The Next Generation role of Jean-Luc Picard at the end of the 24th century. Before the pandemic shut down Hollywood it was initially planned to start last June. Then plans were made to begin in January, and then February 1st. Jeri Ryan broke the news on that day saying the date had been pushed again but said it would start “soon.” And that time has finally arrived.
On Wednesday Picard actress Michelle Hurd took to Instagram to share a photo of her notebook and a card with her character name “Raffi,” along with a facemask reminding us how the show is now being shot under new COVID protocols. Her message was “Back to work and it feels so good!!”
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Based on other indications online include a trusted industry newsletter, production for Picard actually began on Tuesday the 16th. Like the first, the second season of Picard is being produced in Santa Clarita, California, about 30 miles north of Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, where Patrick Stewart shot seven Star Trek seasons, as well as four feature films.
Production on the first season wrapped at the end of August of 2019. While he has kept busy doing sonnets on social media, writing his memoir, and even finding time to do a commercial with Mark Hamill, last month Stewart talked about how excited he was to end the hiatus:
This downtime is the longest period [without work] in my career – but in the last couple of weeks I have been called to the studio for wardrobe costume fittings. I woke up both of those mornings that I had to drive myself to Santa Clarita so excited that I was attending a wardrobe session! It wasn’t the same as walking in front of the camera and having to act a role, but the wheels were beginning to turn again and I felt so good. And now I have got five scripts of the show and different drafts of those scripts. I spend hours every day with them… I want to work! That is what I am here for, that is what I do. I want a script in my hand. I want actors in front of me. I want to hear somebody say, “Standby studio!” It’s going to happen and it’s within view now. I actually think the first couple of days might be a bit challenging because of how do we tune back into what we were doing back before. But we have such an extraordinary cast and these people will bring it and they’ll just hand it over to me.
5 Star Trek shows in production in 2021
Picard joins Star Trek: Discovery, which has been in production on its fourth season since last November. And all indications are that the new series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds will begin production imminently. While there are some indications it could start this week, a trusted industry newsletter indicates actually production begins next week on the show about Captain Pike’s USS Enterprise. Both of those shows are shot at separate studios in Toronto, Canada.
In addition to the three live-action Star Trek shows, there are also two animated shows currently in production. The second season of Star Trek: Lower Decks is set to debut on Paramount+ this year, and the first season of the kids show Star Trek: Prodigy arrives this year on Nickelodeon.
A closer look at Picard
In honor of the return to production TrekMovie’s weekly All Access Star Trek podcast will focus on Star Trek: Picard with a look back at season one, and a look forward to what we know (and hope for) in season two. Look for that episode here at TrekMovie.com and in your podcast feed at the usual time on Friday morning.