The other Mr. Harvey is a Trekkie, and this news made him squee like a 15-year-old girl finding out that Shawn Mendes is subbing in fifth-period Biology that day. Squeeze into that Deanna Troi leotard pantsuit you bought on Etsy and start the party, because according to The Hollywood Reporter, Sir Patrick Stewart (seen above looking like the end of a Cymbalta ad) is returning as the Enterprise’s Capt. Jean-Luc Picard. Hopefully, his bestie Sir Ian MacKellan will take over the role of Riker (or, better yet, Troi), because those two should never be apart.
Jean-Luc Picard will return to the Star Trek franchise in an all-new series for CBS All Access that explores the next chapter of the hot baldie’s life post-Star Trek: The Next Generation. Patrick made the announcement himself yesterday during a surprise appearance at a Trekkie convention in Vegas. They must have been soiling their cosplay when he popped up.
“I will always be very proud to have been a part of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but when we wrapped that final movie in the spring of 2002, I truly felt my time with Star Trek had run its natural course,”
“It is, therefore, 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. During these past years, it has been humbling to hear many 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. 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.”
Sir Patrick is a trained thespian, so he probably announced that without a teleprompter or cue cards.
The new, so far untitled series will co-exist on CBS All Access alongside the current Star Trek: Discovery, which is heading into its second season. They will share a showrunner (Alex Kurtzman), who says that his directive from CBS when they hired him was to expand the franchise.
My only complaint about this is that you’ve gotta get your new Capt. Picard fap material by PAYING for CBS All Access. Ugh. Didn’t that network make enough money off Jessica Fletcher running around killing everyone? (You can’t tell me that she didn’t murder at least 75% of the people whose murders she was solving. That old bag was like the harbinger of death wherever she went!)