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Make It So! ‘Star Trek’s’ Capt. Picard Returns in New CBS Sequence

On Aug. 4, 2018, Patrick Stewart introduced his return to the position of Capt. Jean Luc Picard on a brand new CBS All Entry sequence.

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As a well-known “Star Trek” captain as soon as stated, issues are solely unattainable till they are not. An unimaginable 28 years after “The Next Generation” (TNG) completed its tv run, star Patrick Stewart introduced he’ll reprise his position as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a brand new CBS sequence.

TNG was a groundbreaking sequence in its day, coping with delicate issues equivalent to torture and gender equality because it adopted an area crew exploring the universe and sometimes combating different species, such because the Borg and the Romulans. TNG clocked seven seasons and 178 episodes on CBS between 1987 and 1994, additionally producing 4 Hollywood movies after the sequence’ finish.

Stewart, 78, will return to the position by way of CBS All Entry, the identical on-line platform on which new sequence “Star Trek: Discovery” debuted final 12 months. Discovery co-creator Alex Kurtzman is engaged on a variety of rumored “Star Trek” sequence, with this Picard-focused one first talked about publicly in June. [6 ‘Star Trek’ Captains, Ranked from Worst to Best]

Kurtzman appeared unexpectedly on the “Star Trek” Conference Las Vegas this previous weekend, together with Stewart, to verify the rumors have been true, in accordance with No particulars have been launched about when the sequence will debut or what number of episodes it would run.

“It is 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,” Stewart wrote in a press release posted ton Twitter Saturday (Aug. 4).

“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,” Stewart 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.”

Stewart’s final look as Picard got here in 2002, within the film “Star Trek: Nemesis.” Stewart started his performing profession within the 1960s, successful a significant award in 1979 for his stage efficiency in Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra” in London’s West Finish. Stewart can also be recognized for a variety of tv and movie roles, together with Professor Charles Xavier in “X-Men” and CIA Deputy Director Avery Bullock in “American Dad!”

The “Star Trek” franchise celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. Amongst its many followers are a variety of NASA astronauts, together with a handful who made cameos within the sequence through the years.

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