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New Picard Trek Show Will Be More Psychological and “Meditative”

With the untitled Picard Star Trek show currently filming, things are heating up for Trek fans. This is without a doubt the most anticipated Trek show on the known schedule, and one that brings many questions since we still know very limited info about it. Alex Kurtzman dropped some knowledge recently and fed us a few morsels of intel about the new series and what we can expect from it.

In an interview with The L.A. Times, Kurtzman discussed a little about the Picard show, and how it will separate itself from the rest of the Trek universe:

The mandate was to make it a more psychological show, a character study about this man in his emeritus years. There are so few shows that allow a significantly older protagonist to be the driver…It’ll be very different than Discovery. It’ll be slower, more meditative. It speaks to the rainbow of colors we’re playing with in all these different shows.

What happens when circumstances have conspired to not give him the happiest of endings? Hopefully, it’s a reinforcement of [Trek creator Gene] Roddenberry’s vision of optimism. He’s going to have to go through deep valleys to get back to the light.

It makes perfect sense that the show will have much less action than DISCO, especially with a veteran actor like Patrick Stewart whose days of driving ATVs and having shootouts with The Borg are long behind him. A more introspective Picard is the perfect vehicle for Stewart, now we just need to see who comes along for the ride with him.

The article also spoke a little about some of the new impending Trek shows, and added there are still others in development that have not yet been announced.” Start your speculating!

The first two episodes will be directed by Hanelle Culpepper, and the series stars Patrick Stewart, and several others with unknown roles including Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway, Isa Briones, Evan Evagora, Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd.

Jonathan Frakes will also lend his talents to direct at least one episode, but no word on if he will reprise his role as Riker.

The show will take place roughly 20 years after the events of “Star Trek: Nemesis”.

The untitled Picard show is expected to air exclusively on CBS All Access later this year.

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Kurtzman On New Picard Show: “Honors The Best About TNG”

At a Paleyfest panel for “Star Trek: Discovery”, series co-creator Alex Kurtzman spoke a little about the upcoming Picard Trek show, which by the way will not be called “Star Trek: Picard”. The first draft of the debut episode has been finished, and Patrick Stewart has officially seen and read it, and Kurtzman says it was quite the experience.

“I had an amazing experience yesterday. I sat at Patrick’s kitchen table and I heard him read the first episode, and I almost cried,” he told the audience. “It was quite something. He’s at an amazing place in his life. He’s so excited.”

He added “This is going to be a very thoughtful, psychological portrait in a lot of ways. We all know what Picard means to the world and why he, like so many legendary characters on Star Trek, has endured and what he’s represented. He in some way has to go through a gauntlet to find that again. Things have changed for him and changed him in some ways, and yet he is so deeply and fundamentally still Picard.”

Kurtzman also confirmed to IW that “in many ways, [Picard] is slower [than Discovery], it’s more meditative. I think it honors what is best about ‘Next Gen[eration].’”

Not much else is known about the show yet outside of some of the key creative staff and directors, including Jonathan Frakes, as well as two actors who joined the cast, Santiago Cabrera and Michelle Hurd. Their roles in the series, however, remain a mystery for now.

Beyond the Picard series, other shows are in development including the “Lower Decks” animated comedy series, two more animated “Short Trek” installments, and the highly anticipated Section 31 spinoff starring Michelle Yeoh, reprising her role as Mirror Universe Philippa Georgiou.

Transcript via IndieWire

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“Star Trek Discovery” Cast Say Season 2 Ending Will Be Very “Unexpected”

Fans of “Star Trek Discovery” have been enjoying the hunt for The Red Angel the past 10 episodes, and we recently learned who that time-traveling character is. With a handful of episodes left until season two comes to a close, the cast of DISCO says to “expect the unexpected”, and that this finale will be a game-changer.

The 2019 PaleyFest in Los Angeles (a major Television industry event) was visited by the cast and creative team of “Star Trek Discovery”. While we did not learn any new info about the series, we did get many of the actors explaining how excited they are for the conclusion of this season.

Executive Producer Alex Kurtzman was quoted by SyFy about the series finale, and discussed the continuity issues that are on many fans minds. “We are entirely aware of everyone’s questions and criticisms; I’ve read everything, and I see where everyone’s like, ‘Well, the spore drive never existed!’ and ‘What, Discovery was never around!’ and all of those things, we’re totally aware. You will get an answer.” He also added that it will be a “satisfying” resolution once it is revealed.

Aside from getting things back into some form of continuity with the classic 60s Trek, there is a plan to make sure the story of Captain Pike, played by Anson Mount this season who will not be returning for the

“We will synch up with canon, and obviously if you know the story of Captain Pike, you know what his fate was. It won’t be exactly what you think this season, but we will be consistent with that story. There will be a dimension shed on that story that you will not have known or have thought of,” said Kurtzman.

Ethan Peck, who has played Spock this season, added, “I personally think that the end of the season is going to be tremendous … when [Kurtzman] first told me about it I was like in tears, I just had chills… so good.”

The entire cast was practically in hype mode, which makes you really wonder just how big this ending actually will be if every single one of them was so taken aback by it.

“I think that the last few episodes will really close the circle for people, “Anthony Rapp (Cmdr. Staments) said. “If we’ve done our job, what was on the page … I haven’t seen them yet, but what was on the page in the scripts, closes the circle; it answers the questions that are lingering and remaining for people of how we fit in.”

“And I believe very strongly that it will leave people satisfied. … As someone who cares about continuity, to some degree, I was like, ‘If this doesn’t make people happy, I don’t know what else we can do.’”

“Expect the unexpected, is what my mother always says, and it couldn’t be more true, especially on this season, cause it’ll change everything,” said Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber). 

Doug Jones, everyones favorite Kelpian Commander Saru, said, “As I read the final script for Season 2, my jaw dropped, and I’m dumbfounded with where we’re headed. So I think the fans can expect to boldly go where no Star Trek series has ever gone before.”

Prepare for the unexpected when season two of “Star Trek Discovery” comes to a close in a matter of weeks!

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“Star Trek: Discovery” Renewed For Third Season, Brings New Showrunner On Team

The report came earlier today from The Hollywood Reporter, who revealed that Discovery writer Michelle Paradise — who joined the series in season two — has been promoted to serve as co-showrunner alongside Alex Kurtzman for season three.

Great news for Star Trek fans, as the CBS All Access exclusive “Star Trek: Discovery” series has been renewed for another season. Along with that announcement, we learned a new showrunner will beam up with them to take the conn.

“Michelle joined us midway through season two and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of Trek,” Kurtzman said. “Her grasp of character and story detail, her drive and her focus have already become essential in ensuring the Trek legacy, and her fresh perspective always keeps us looking forward. I’m proud to say Michelle and I are officially running Star Trek: Discovery together.”

“The massive success of Star Trek: Discovery‘s second- season launch exceeded our expectations in both driving subscriber growth and generating a phenomenal response from Star Trek fans,” Julie McNamara, executive vp originals at CBS All Access, told THR.

“With Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise at the helm, we look forward to continuing Star Trek: Discovery‘s journey, growing the Star Trek franchise on CBS All Access and bringing fans new Star Trek stories for many years to come.”

No return date for season three has been revealed, and season two is currently still unfolding on their streaming service.

Paradise becomes the third new showrunner to helm this seriesKurtzman, who co-created the series alongside Bryan Fuller, took over for Aaron Harberts and Gretchen Berg after the pair were released while working on the second season of Discovery. Harberts and Berg replaced Fuller, who was also released before the series premiered.

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New “Star Trek” Animated Series Headed To Nickelodeon

It’s been over 40 years since there has been an animated Star Trek series on TV, but it looks like that’s about to change. Alex Kurtzman is now on board with CBS to create a new cartoon, but it’s home will not be a CBS network like the other Trek show. Instead, it’s potentially headed for Nickelodeon.

While there are no other details besides the fact that, yes, this is a real thing, this will be a Star Trek show aimed at children more than adults.

The show was first teased by Kurtzman earlier this year when he told the Hollywood Reporter that “there’s other animated things that we’re building that are an entirely different perspective and an entirely different tone [from Lower Decks]. What’s exciting about it is not only looking at each animated series as what’s the different tone, but what’s the different technology we can apply to these things so that visually they’re entirely different?”

Deadline first reported this news, which is very exciting for Trek fans of all ages. The series will be written by Kevin and Dan Hageman, who also wrote for the Lego Movie and the Lego Ninjago movie and cartoon series on Cartoon Network, and Hotel Transylvania. Most recently, they wrote the screenplay for Croods 2 (which will be out in September 2020), and Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming “Scary Stories” movie.

The Star Trek TV universe is growing by leaps and bounds. The new animated series will join Star Trek: Discovery, now in its second season, along with the unnamed Patrick Stewart-centric Picard series; animated series Lower Decks from Mike McMahan (Rick & Morty’s) targeted at mature audiences; and Section 31, which is in development with Michelle Yeoh attached to star as a spinoff from Discovery.

The Hageman-helmed animated Trek series will be the only one not a part of CBS All Access. There are signs pointing to Viacom and CBS merging, so this will certainly help push those plans forward.

No date has been announced yet for this, but perhaps we will hear something in a few months at Star Trek Mission in Vegas.

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