Star Trek Icon Patrick Stewart To Play Picard Again In New Series For CBS All Access

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Iconic Star Trek actor Patrick Stewart has announced that he will once again portray Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series. As reported by CNET, the announcement was made during a Star Trek convention being held at Las Vegas, where Stewart appeared on stage to reveal his involvement and discuss his decision to return to the character. Stewart later posted a lengthy statement on Twitter, saying that it is "an unexpected but delightful surprise" to play Picard again.

"I will always be very proud to have been a part of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course," he said. "It is, therefore, an unexpected but delightful surprise to find myself excited and invigorated to be returning to Jean-Luc Picard and to explore new dimensions within him. Seeking out new life for him, when I thought that life was over.

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"During these past years, it has been humbling to hear stories about how The Next Generation brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration, and leadership," he continued.

"I feel I'm ready to return to him for the same reason--to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times. I look forward to working with our brilliant creative team as we endeavor to bring a fresh, unexpected, and pertinent story to life once more."

According to the Star Trek: Discovery Twitter account, the new show "tells the story of the next chapter in Picard's life." In June Alex Kurtzman, who has worked on recent Star Trek movies and TV show Star Trek: Discovery, signed a five-year deal with CBS Television Studios to release several new Star Trek shows. The series focused on Picard is the first to be confirmed since that announcement, and the show will air on CBS All Access.

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"make it so"

Great news.

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My star trek "resume".. well, I only watched the recent movie trilogy + the discovery series. Both were pretty entertaining imo, the series surprised me with good visuals (until I finally watched the last 2 seasons of Game of Thrones... insane shit, but awful writing lol). Thrown some random sci-fi tropes in there, the acting is subpar... but acceptable in a way. I hope they continue this series, Star Trek is much more interesting than Star Wars, at least they try, lol even crazy concepts like a spore drive has some science shenanigans that makes "sense". It's not like the force, space magic that solves everything.. So goddamn lazy.

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Such awesome news. Loved Star Trek TNG.

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Star Trek: The Last Jedi, incoming!

I hope you all like your Star Trek heavily politicized.

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@Renunciation: hm, seems like you haven't watched much Star Trek then. Many episodes have always reflected some modern political/social issue.

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@Renunciation: soooo normal Star Trek then? yes

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@normanislost: This seems likely to go beyond normal.

Let's go with "normal-plus", perhaps.

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@Renunciation: Right. Because the Civil Rights support of TOS, the pro-socialist messages of TNG's early years, DS9's anti-war message, Voyager's pro-feminist themes, and Enterprise doing an entire season based on 9/11, those weren't political at all, were they?

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@bigdavex: That's why I didn't enjoy 'em much.

Some people like the whole "modern day political and social issues with lasers and aliens" deal; good for them. Not my cup of tea.

But hey, at least you weren't one of the people complaining about the WWE wrestler-entertainer Kane being elected as a Tennessee mayor. If you'd grumbled about that while showing enthusiasm for politicized sci-fi shows, I'd have to call you out on it.

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OMFG, I never thought that this would happen. I have to wonder whether this will be a continuation from where the films left off or whether it will be further in the future with Picard as an Admiral. Even with a bad script Patrick Stewart will bring an air of class to the show. To Hell with all the naysayers here, I wait with bated breath for this.

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Yeah cuz CBS Access and Star Trek Discovery are doing so well. Terrible acting, terrible story, characters that constantly do things that make you scratch your head and think what the hell? The worst Star Trek series since Deep Space Nine and you have to pay a monthly subscription to watch it. I doubt Captain Picard can fix this mess. All they'll probably accomplish is ruining Picard for us too. Please, for the love of God, find some new writers and keep him the hell away from the ST:D Universe.

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@bdrtfm: I think only the acting and some characters in Discovery are really bad. Everything else is acceptable, a watchable series. I've seeing worse, lol Better to have this than no content at all, what was the last time ST ever had a TV series? IN the early 00's? I'm not a fan, as a noob the discovery series and the movie trilogy, they are pretty cool. Nothing spectacular, but entertaining.

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@gleencross: My opinion as well, far better than Enterprise to me at least. Enterprise had some entertaining bit, but outside of Captain Archer and T'Pol I didn't care much for it (The featuring of Section 31 was particularly cool though).

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@bdrtfm: Though I get your opinion, ST:D is technically the same universe as TNG/TOS/DS9/VOY. It's all still in the Prime Universe.

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I wonder if they will show the events in the prime universe leading up to the events of Star Trek 09 (Romulus exploding, Nero turning evil, etc.). Of course, since the late great Leonard Nimoy is no longer with us, he himself couldn't be in it, but maybe they could do what they did for Tarkin in Rogue One for his role.

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I'm more annoyed that Alex Kurtzman is still getting work.

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I'm assuming it's going to be about Picard living in a retirement home lol. I mean I highly doubt at this age he would be in Star Fleet anymore. (Like for airline pilots you must retire at 65 because obviously you are getting older and your cognitive abilities start to decline, I know it's not the same for everyone but for most people.)

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@Lord_Sesshy: TNG's pilot episode had Dr. McCoy still in Starfleet at some ungodly age like 130. I doubt Picard still captaining in his mid-70s is that infeasible.

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@bigdavex: I'm almost positive that McCoy was retired in Encounter at Farpoint. Data was helping him walk down the hall. I thought he was just a passenger or was there for the Enterprise's launch.

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@ClunkerSlim: There was some line to the effect that he was there to inspect the Enterprise's sickbay. He almost certainly wasn't working as an actual doctor anymore by that point, but I don't think he was just a passenger either.

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aaa dont we all need this to happend? my favorite character from all Star Trek series

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Not sure how I feel about this, I love Picard/TNG and I like ST:D, but I'm not sure if Picard and the TNG era could fit in with the new direction Star Trek has taken.

I'll remain hopeful, but I do have some doubts.

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This is great. Potentially anyway. Hopefully they'll find some writers who are worthy enough of Captain Picard.

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I've seen this one before.

"Our show isn't very popular...let's bring back a beloved character from the IP in an effort to cash in on name recognition and nostalgia!"

*kills character*….probably

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This won’t be good.

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“Make it so!”

“Shut up, Wesley!”

Honestly, I’m more hopeful for this than any of he other series - including the second season of Discovery.

TL;DR - Temba, his arms open.

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Let's watch them butcher a character. Almost no chance of being good.

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Will it be a prequel? lol

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There's absolutely no way they don't screw this up. None. These are not the TNG writers. This will not go well at all. You thought Nemesis was a bad way to end the character? This show is coming from the same guys who brought you the Transformers films. This won't end well for anyone involved.

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I'm really, really not sure what to make of this news due to the garbage fire that is ST:D.