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Star Trek: Picard is the eighth main series set in the Star Trek universe, the ninth including the companion series Star Trek: Short Treks, and the eleventh Star Trek series overall. Picard will be produced by CBS Television Studios and will star Patrick Stewart, reprising the role of Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation.  The new series will be set twenty years after the events of Star Trek Nemesis,  dealing with "the new chapter in Picard's life." Stewart has hinted that Picard may not be a captain in the series, and may be "a very different individual" from when he was last seen. 
The series will form part of Alex Kurtzman's five-year deal with CBS to expand the Star Trek franchise, and will air on CBS All Access.  Kurtzman will serve as executive producer on the series along with Stewart, as well as James Duff, Akiva Goldsman, Michael Chabon, Trevor Roth, Heather Kadin, and Rod Roddenberry. In addition, Aaron Baiers will serve as co-executive producer.  Writer Kirsten Beyer reportedly devised the concept for the series,  and she will feature as part of the writing staff alongside Kurtzman, Duff, Goldsman, and Chabon. Chabon is serving as the series' showrunner. 
The series was announced at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention on 4 August 2018, where Stewart appeared alongside Kurtzman to reveal his involvement. At the time of the announcement, the series was still early in pre-production, with no scripts written yet.  According to the actor, the possibility of Picard's return had been suggested to him about a year before, but he originally planned to reject the idea. However, upon revisiting episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation and realizing the power and influence of the series, he changed his mind.  On making the announcement, Stewart referred to the news as "unexpected, but delightful". 
It was reported that, on the day before the announcement, CBS applied for a number of trademarks in classes relating to entertainment, which could be connected with the new series. Marks applied for included "Star Trek: Reliant", and "Star Trek: Destiny", a title that shares its name with a post-TNG Star Trek novel trilogy. 
Work in the writers' room began in September 2018, and an image of the staff with Stewart was shared by the actor at the end of that month.  This image featured Stewart, Duff, Goldsman, Beyer, Chabon and also Diandra Pendleton-Thompson, who had not been previously announced as one of the series' writers. Production was expected to begin in April 2019, according to Kurtzman,  and the series will be filmed in California.  In December 2018, CBS Corporation Chief Creative Officer David Nevins stated that CBS expected the series to launch late in 2019. 
In January 2019, Kurtzman announced that the series would acknowledge the prime universe elements of Star Trek, stating that "Picard's life was radically altered by the dissolution of the Romulan Empire." 
On 1 March 2019, it was announced that Hanelle M. Culpepper will be directing the first two episodes of the series.  This marks the first time that a black woman will be directing the series premiere of a Star Trek series.
On 22 April 2019, production on the show began.  The Star Trek: Picard production is based out of Santa Clarita Studios (SCS). SCS is an independent studio production facility based in Santa Clarita, California, 35 miles north of Hollywood. Although Star Trek will be returning to Hollywood, like all of the previous series save Star Trek: Discovery, it will not be shot at Star Trek's previous home of Paramount Studios.  Paramount not only lost its television division, but the entire franchise as well, when the former Viacom was split in late 2005 into the new Viacom (Paramount's current holding company) and the CBS Corporation with Star Trek ownership passing over to the latter.
On 13 May 2019, the announcement was made that Amazon Prime had acquired the international streaming rights for the new series, each episode to be aired 24 hours after its American premiere on CBS All Access.   Stewart confirmed the news the same day on his Twitter account. 
On 15 May 2019, the first seven-second teaser, revealing the new show's title and logo, was released.  This was followed on 23 May by the first live-action teaser trailer in both the CBS All Access and Amazon Prime Video variants.   The voice of the teaser trailer's female narrator was not from any of the then-known contracted actresses, but rather from voice actress Merrin Dungey. 
On 20 July 2019 the first official Season 1 trailer, coming in at 130 seconds, was unveiled at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con. The trailer featured footage of former Next Generation co-star Brent Spiner, and Star Trek: Voyager star Jeri Ryan reprising her role as Seven of Nine. It was also announced that Jonathan Frakes and Marina Sirtis would each be reprising their roles as William T. Riker and Deanna Troi, respectively.
On 20 December 2019, a third teaser trailer debuted almost exactly one month ahead of the CBS All Access series premier online. The teaser revealed new pieces of footage with Jean-Luc Picard in what appears to be Ten Forward, the bar on the USS Enterprise-D, among other quick new moments with William T. Riker, Dr. Agnes Jurati, and what appears to be a Borg flashback. 
The renewal of Star Trek: Picard for a second season was informally revealed on 16 December 2019, and formally announced on 12 January 2020.   The same day, it was announced that Terry Matalas had joined the staff of Picard, and was likely to take over as showrunner from Chabon. 
- Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard
- Santiago Cabrera  as Cristobal "Chris" Rio 
- Michelle Hurd  as Raffi Musiker 
- Evan Evagora  as Elnor 
- Alison Pill  as Dr. Agnes Jurati 
- Harry Treadaway  as Narek 
- Isa Briones  as Dahj 
- Jonathan Frakes as William T. Riker 
- Brent Spiner as Data / B-4 
- Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi 
- Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine 
- Jonathan Del Arco as Hugh 
- De Niro as No. 1 
- Aaron Baiers – co-executive producer
- Kirsten Beyer – supervising producer
- Michael Chabon – executive producer and showrunner
- James Duff – executive producer
- Akiva Goldsman – executive producer and director (the unnamed Episode 9 and Episode 10) 
- Heather Kadin – executive producer
- Alex Kurtzman – executive producer
- Rod Roddenberry – executive producer
- Trevor Roth – executive producer
- Patrick Stewart – executive producer
- Hanelle M. Culpepper – director ("Pilot" and yet-unnamed Episode 2) 
- Jonathan Frakes – director (the unnamed Episode 3 and Episode 4) 
- Maja Vrvilo – director (the unnamed Episode 6 and Episode 8)  
Marina Sirtis will appear with the same wig and contact lenses that she wore in Star Trek Nemesis. She held on to them after that production finished, and informed Picard producers of this, likely saving them time and the $10,000 it would have cost to make a new wig. 
In June 2019, Eaglemoss Collections' project manager Ben Robinson reconfirmed that the company will manufacture starship miniatures from this series.  The company later indicated that the ships will be 150-250 mm in length, similar to their DIS starships line.
|Star Trek television series|
|The Original Series • The Animated Series • The Next Generation • Deep Space Nine • Voyager • Enterprise • Discovery • Picard • Lower Decks|
|In development: Untitled animated series • Untitled Section 31 series|
|Companion series: After Trek • Short Treks • The Ready Room|