Trekies got an amazing surprise this afternoon when Sir Patrick Stewart announced that he will be reprising his iconic role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek TV show. The series is set to debut on CBS All Access and will live alongside the platform’s other Star Trek hit “Star Trek: Discovery”.
“Star Trek: Discover” helped launch the digital streaming service back in 2014, and since then, the show has remained one of CBS All Access’ most popular series. CBS did offer a preview of “Star Trek: Discovery” on the network’s traditional broadcast channel before making it a digital-exclusive and it wouldn’t be surprising if we saw CBS do the same for this new Star Trek series.
If you’re a longtime fan of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” don’t worry about this show rewriting your favorite character arcs. This new Star Trek series is expected to be a continuation of that series, exploring a new stage in Captain Jean-Luc’s life and career with the United Federation of Planets and Starfleet. More details on the series will be announced at a further date and it will be exciting to see which “Star Trek: The Next Generation” stars join the new series as regulars and who will return to guest-star on the show.
Sir Patrick Stewart made the confirmation himself on social-media earlier today, telling followers, “With overwhelming joy, it’s a privilege to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart back to the Star Trek fold. For over 20 years, fans have hoped for the return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and that day is finally here. We can’t wait to forge new ground, surprise people, and honor generations both new and old.”
Stewart has frequently picked up familiar roles in his career, Stewart recently closed out his role of Professor Charles Xavier in the James Mangold film “Logan”. Of course Stewart still voices the role of C.I.A Director Avery Bullock in the animated-series “American Dad” and the prestigious thespian took the role of the Poop Emoji for “The Emoji Movie” in 2017.