‘Picard’ Gets Early 2nd Season Commitment as Showrunner Steps Down


THR reports that CBS All Access has given the go-ahead for a second season of Star Trek: Picard, which marks Patrick Stewart’s return to the Trek universe for the first time in nearly 18 years, a month ahead of its series premiere. It’s scheduled to debut on Jan. 23.

CBS All Access declined comment.

A second season of Picard is set to receive $20.45 million in tax credits from the California Film Commission; it’s one of 16 projects to receive credits for basing production in the state. (Season one also received tax credits.)

Star Trek: Picard will follow Stewart’s character 20 years after the events of his last appearance in the 2002 film Star Trek: Nemesis. Stewart was initially hesitant to revisit the role, but a 35-page document outlining the series from showrunner Michael Chabon helped convince him.



And speaking of Chabon, all good things must come to an end, even if they haven’t really started. Such is the case with Michael Chabon’s role as the showrunner of Star Trek: Picard (via Den of Geek).


Following the first season of Star Trek: Picard, Chabon will transition out of the showrunner role on Picard to showrun a different TV series for CBS Studios: an adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which will be on Showtime.

Chabon and his producing partner Ayelet Waldman have signed a multi-year overall production past with CBS Studios, which includes a series commitment for Kavalier and Clay.

Should Star Trek: Picard go on to a second season (not greenlighted yet), Chabon will stay on as an executive producer, remaining creatively-involved with the show, but someone else would have to take over showrunning duties.

Star Trek: Picard is slated to premiere on Jan. 23, 2020 on CBS All-Access, and to tell the story of Jean Luc Picard two decades after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis. The 10-episode first season will see Picard lured away from his beloved vineyard when a young woman named Dahj (Isa Briones) asks for his help. 

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