CBS All Access on possibility of Shatner returning to Star Trek


CBS All Access addresses the possibility of William Shatner and other Star Trek luminaries returning to television.

With the surprise return of Patrick Stewart to the role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard in his own series on CBS All Access, fans are clamoring to know if any other favorite Star Trek icons could be waiting in the wings to make their own return.

When asked by Deadline if there were any similar plans for other Star Trek characters, CBS TV Studios president David Stapf said simply, “No.”

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Nice as it would be to see all our favorite Starfleet captains come back, it seems we’ll have to content ourselves with the minor miracle of catching up with Jean-Luc.

But as steadfast and hopeful as fans are, even David Stapf says, “Never say never.”

He may deny any plans to bring anyone else back, but when pressed on whether we could possibly see William Shatner, for instance, return to our screens as Captain Kirk, he’s happy enough to humor us.

After all, in the impossible already happened. And to be fair, a series about Jean-Luc Picard might bring with it appearances by some of his past friends and colleagues.

Patrick Stewart announced at the Las Vegas Star Trek Convention his miraculous return as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in a new series on CBS All Access.

The series is part of a large-scale expansion into the Star Trek franchise by the network’s streaming service and headed by Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman.

The announcement was a huge surprise, with everyone, including Patrick Stewart, having thought that his Picard days were behind him. Stewart, however, expressed a feeling of excitement and invigoration about the project, saying that he hoped that Picard still has some strength and inspiration to offer in these dark and confusing days.

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The development team for the series includes Alex Kurtzman, Akiva Goldsmith, James Duff, Kirsten Beyer, and the fabulous Michael Chabon. With the return of Jean-Luc Picard, I’m fascinated to see what else CBS has up their sleeve for the future of Star Trek.