Sunday, 12 January 2020 23:58

CBS renews Star Trek: Picard for a second season

The announcement was made at the Television Critics Association (TCA), a recurring event at which television networks present their slate of programming to advertisers, the press, and partners. In a -themed panel at the event, the show's cast and showrunner talked about what viewers can expect from the series, which returns to a character who has not appeared on screen since the film way back in 2002.

Executive Producer Akiva Goldsman said we can expect to see some of the social relevance that the franchise has been known for. Quoted in Deadline, he said:

The marginalization of others, not being open-hearted or seeing with empathetic eyes, this seems to be a pervasive problem we all saw as ripe for healing... does its bit to heal social ills.

Also, series star Patrick Stewart indicated that fans should expect to see familiar characters from era in the series, even beyond those already revealed in trailers to date. "It is my hope that, whenever the series wraps, we will have encountered all the principal actors from ," he said.

The renewal was made possible in part by expanded tax credits in the state of California by the California Film Commission. Former Governor Jerry Brown oversaw a rethink of that program that, among other things, resulted in an expansion to $330 million of available credits. Season two of secured $20.45 of this funding, compared to $15.6 million for the first season in the prior year.

The first season of will premiere on CBS All Access on January 23, 2020. Episodes will be released in a weekly cadence.

Samuel Axon Based in Los Angeles, Samuel is the Senior Reviews Editor at Ars Technica, where he covers Apple products, displays, hardware and software for developers and creative professionals, and more. He is a reformed media executive who has been writing about technology for 10 years at Ars Technica, Engadget, Mashable, PC World, and many others. He is also a hobbyist iOS and indie game developer.
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