Sir Patrick Stewart Returns to Star Trek – The Next Generation’s Future?

Patrick Stewart — in September 2012 at his Montreal Comiccon Q&A panel — mused about what the future may hold for “Star Trek: The Next Generation.” In August 2018 — at a surprise appearance at the Official Star Trek Convention in Las Vegas — he stunned excited fans by announcing that the iconic and beloved ‘Captain Jean-Luc Picard’ would return in a new CBS All Access series — more than two decades after the syndicated favorite wrapped its run!

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Sir Patrick Stewart, OBE (born July 13th, 1940) is an English actor whose work has included roles on stage, television and film in a career spanning almost six decades. He is a multiple time Olivier, Golden Globe, Emmy, Screen Actors Guild and Saturn Award nominee. In the 1980s, Stewart began working in American television and film, with roles such as ‘Captain Jean-Luc Picard’ in “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and its successor films, as ‘Professor Charles Xavier’ in the “X-Men” series of superhero films, the lead of the Starz TV series “Blunt Talk,” and voice roles such as ‘CIA Deputy Director Avery Bullock’ in “American Dad!” and the narrator in “Ted.” Having remained with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in 2008 Stewart played ‘King Claudius’ in “Hamlet” on the West End and won a second Olivier Award. In 1993, TV Guide named Stewart the Best Dramatic Television Actor of the 1980s. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on December 16th, 1996. In 2010, Stewart was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to drama.

“Star Trek: The Next Generation” (abbreviated as TNG and ST:TNG) is an American science-fiction television series in the Star Trek franchise created by Gene Roddenberry that ran from 1987 to 1994. It follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise-D and its crew set in the Alpha Quadrant (nearby regions of the Milky Way galaxy). “Star Trek: The Next Generation” was the first live action Star Trek television series since the original “Star Trek” went off the air in 1969. The first episode takes place in the year 2364, 99 years after the start of the five-year mission described in the original series, which began in 2265.