Patrick Stewart announced his return to his iconic Star Trek: The Next Generation character at the Star Trek Las Vegas convention in 2018. “I was startled, stunned, and utterly disbelieving because never for one moment had I imagined this succession of audition at Paramount would ever lead to anything at all, and here, now, I was,” Stewart told the crowd, reflecting on being cast as Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation. “What I didn't’ know either was I was on the very, very brink, the edge of something that would touch every corner of my life. When Patrick Stewart returns to Jean-Luc Picard for a new CBS All Access Star Trek series, fans should expect something with a filmic quality to it. Speaking to Yahoo about the show, Stewart says “They are writing a 10-hour movie." That seems to suggest that the show's first season will be 10 episodes long.