‘Star Trek: Picard’s Patrick Stewart On Deciding To Finally Engage & Bring Back The Captain – Contenders TV
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Almost two decades after he last played USS Enterprise captain Jean-Luc Picard, Patrick Stewart admitted that he was initially careful to take over the coat of the legendary Star Trek character again. "You know, there were other interested parties, I say this very politically, in the past 18 years, who have turned to me to revive Star Trek: The Next Generation or Star Trek: Picard or something," he said during deadlines Virtual Contenders television event. "I always thanked them kindly and went on," he added, emphasizing how proud he was of the TNG stories that were told on both small and large screens from 1987 to 2002.
When Star Trek: Discovery started in 2017 and Logan was successful in the same year, Blunt Talk star Stewart considered changing his mind after meeting executive producer Alex Kurtzman and his team. "If you can find this transformation of the man and his spirits, I'm ready," he said to the well-known EPs. The rest, as they say, is television history.
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Announced with great surprise and a personal appearance by Stewart and Kurtzman in August 2018 at the annual Trek Convention in Las Vegas, followed by a triumphal unveiling in Hall H of San Diego Comic-Con the following July, Picard's first season debuted with 10 episodes on ViacomCBS's own streamer on January 23. 20 years after the shocking story of the 2002 Nemesis film, Picard found the now retired admiral in self-inflicted exile over the death of his Starfleet companion Data (Brent Spiner) and the apparent android uprising limping to a rescue of the Romulans' home planet.
Picard's reintegration revealed a very different man than the fans of the philosopher captain who they had previously known and loved. "He has learned to deal with some of the emotional and psychological problems he has had in the past 12 or 15 years," said Emmy and Tony nominee Stewart about a first season that is both a personal journey and an intergalactic adventure included.
Picard is produced by Stewart, Star Trek overlord Kurtzman, Pulitzer Prize-winning Michael Chabon, Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman, Terry Matalas, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth.
In Season 1 of Picard, alongside Stewart, there was also the next-generation vet, Jonathan Frakes, who, in addition to Spiner, Jeri Ryan and Jonathan Del Arco, also directed several episodes. In addition, Alison Pill from The Newsroom, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, Isa Briones, Harry Treadaway and Evan Evagora were on board to make the latest leap from CBS All Access in the growing Trekverse franchise.
Star Trek: Picard was renewed before its premiere and is slated to return to season two next year.
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