Star Trek: Picard does not premiere on CBS All-Access until January 23, 2020, but the streaming service has already renewed the series – according to Deadline. Expected to return is Patrick Stewart (Jean-Luc Picard) who is also an executive producer on the show. One person not returning to their captain’s chair is showrunner Michael Chabon. Chabon’s novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is being adapted into a series for Showtime.
Accompanying Stewart onboard Star Trek: Picard are Santiago Cabrera (Heroes), Isa Briones, Michelle Hurd (Daredevil), Alison Pill (American Horror Story), and Harry Treadaway (Penny Dreadful). The announcement did not mention which cast members would return. This makes sense given that information could spoil storylines.
Star Trek: Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager alumni are also slated to appear in season one: Jonathan Frakes (William Riker), Brent Spiner (Data), and Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine). Now that season two has been green-lighted, perhaps more alumni can make appearances. After all someone needs to represent Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Helping to finance Star Trek: Picard’s continuing mission is approximately $20.4 million dollars in tax incentives from the State of California. The first season scored $15.6 million worth of incentives. Those funds should help the Federation balance the ship’s dilithium crystal budget.
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