A couple weeks ago there was a little cast reunion for Star Trek: The Next Generation and a photo of that reunion was shared by Marina Sirtis. This image got fans excited about the prospect of seeing these actors reprise their roles in Patrick Stewart’s upcoming Jean-Luc Picard series that’s being developed for CBS All Access.
Well unfortunately, this new series doesn’t mean that Star Trek: The Next Generation will be back. During a recent interview (via Trek Movie), Sirtis was asked about the series and she had this to say:
“All I have to say, all we have to say - I am speaking for all three of us now - when Patrick said ‘Jean-Luc Picard is back,’ he didn’t say TNG is back.”
Gates McFadden (Dr. Crusher) and Michael Dorn (Worf) went on to confirm that they have not been asked to return to Star Trek. Dorn said, “We weren’t asked” and McFadden jokingly added, “My cat got a huge contract offer, though.” Sirtis went on to say:
“We weren’t asked, but I was asked to be on The Orville. I am on The Orville.”
When talking about the photo she posted of the TNG reunion, she said that she got 30,000 likes on it, and added that they know nothing about the new Picard show.
All we really know about the new Picard series at this point is that it’s set to take place 20 years after Star Trek: Nemesis in the Star Trek timeline. Stewart also previously teased:
“He may not be a captain anymore. He may not be the Jean-Luc that you recognize and know so well. It may be a very different individual. Someone who has been changed by his experiences. 20 years will have passed...We have no scripts as yet, we’re just talking, talking, talking storylines. It will be, I promise you, I guarantee it, something very, very different, but it will come to you with the same passion and determination and love of the material and love of our followers and our fans exactly as we had it before.”
Now, there’s always the chance that some members of the TNG cast will eventually be asked to be in the series when the creative team locks down their plans for the story and where they want to take it.