Ahead of its debut, CBS All Access confirmed that “Star Trek: Picard” has been renewed for a second season.The announcement was made Sunday during the Television Critics Association press tour. Terry Matalas is joining the second season as an executive producer. In addition, “Star Trek” alum Wil Wheaton will host an aftershow called “The Ready Room,” which will kick for Season 1.The series, which sees Patrick Stewart return as captain Jean-Luc Picard from “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” premieres on Jan. 23. “Picard” follows the character in the next chapter in his life after hanging up his Starfleet badge and retreating to his family’s vineyard.Alongside Stewart, the series also stars Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd, Alison Pill, Harry Treadaway and Evan Evagora. “Next Generation” alums Brent Spiner (Data), Jonathan Del Arco (Hugh the Borg), Jonathan Frakes (Commander Riker) and Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi) will all reprise their roles, as will “Star Trek: Voyager’s” Jeri Ryan (Seven of Nine).Also Read: 'Silence of the Lambs' Sequel 'Clarice' Gets Series Commitment at CBSThe series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment. Stewart, Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, James Duff, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers, with Aaron Baiers (Secret Hideout) serving as co-executive producer and Kirsten Beyer as supervising producer. Hanelle Culpepper directed the first two episodes of the series.“Picard” Season 2 was among the latest batch of 16 TV projects that will split $152 million in California tax credits, the California Film Commission announced in December.Read original story ‘Star Trek: Picard’ Season 2 Confirmed by CBS All Access At TheWrap
Aron Eisenberg, who played Nog on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” died Sunday at the age of 50, his wife Malissa Longo announced of Facebook.“It is with extreme regret and sadness to announce that my love and best friend, Aron Eisenberg, passed away earlier today,” Longo wrote. “He was an intelligent, humble, funny, emphatic soul. He sought to live his life with integrity and truth.”A cause of death has not been announced.Eisenberg played Nog on 40 episodes of “Deep Space Nine,” which came as a surprise to him, as he took the role without being told any details about his character or how long he would play it. Nog is the first member of the Ferengi, a greedy alien race always looking for a profit, to join Starfleet thanks to the recommendation of Captain Sisko.Also Read: Suzanne Whang, HGTV's 'House Hunters' Host, Dies at 56Nog is one of several characters that played a running tradition in the series of previously antagonistic alien races becoming allies, with the cultural differences between them and other Starfleet members playing a role in several episodes. In the “Deep Space Nine” series finale, Nog’s hard work in the Dominion War earned him a promotion to lieutenant.Also Read: Cokie Roberts, Longtime NPR and ABC News Journalist, Dies at 75Prior to “DS9,” Eisenberg appeared on several ’80s TV shows, including “Tales From the Crypt,” “The Wonder Years” and “General Hospital.” After “DS9” ended, he took several stage roles, as well as a guest appearance on an episode of “Star Trek: Voyager” before transitioning to a career in professional photography. In 2015, he returned to the “Star Trek” world in the fan film “Renegades” alongside fellow series alums Walter Koenig, who played Chekov in the original series, and Robert Picardo, who played the holographic Doctor in “Voyager.”“There will never be another light like Aron’s,” Longo wrote. “The beauty that he was and the legacy he leaves behind is beyond words. I love him dearly and will miss him eternally.”You can read Longo’s entire tribute to her husband of just nine months here.Read original story Aron Eisenberg, ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ Star, Dies at 50 At TheWrap
The long-held rivalry between Star Wars and Star Trek had another opportunity to manifest itself this weekend.
The Kid Who Would Be King star is returning to the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard.