Bell obtains exclusive Canadian TV and streaming rights to Picard Star Trek series

The series will see Patrick Stewart reprise his iconic role for the first time since 2002

Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: The Next Generation

Bell Media has acquired the exclusive Canadian TV broadcast and streaming rights to CBS’ untitled Jean-Luc Picard Star Trek series.

As part of the agreement, each episode of the series will be available simultaneously in the U.S. and on Bell’s cable TV networks (Space in English and Z in French). Each episode will then begin streaming on Bell’s Crave subscription service the following day.

Patrick Stewart is confirmed to be reprising his role as Picard in the show, who most prominently played the character in seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation from 1987-94. The upcoming series will mark his first turn as the character since 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis. 

Back in January, long-running Star Trek franchise producer Alex Kurtzman revealed that the series will take place 18 years after the destruction of the Romulan Empire in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 Star Trek film.

The Picard series is expected to premiere in late 2019 and will consist of 10 episodes.

This is the latest deal between Bell and CBS, following their agreement to give Bell the exclusive Canadian rights to CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery, as well as many of the older Star Trek series and films, including The Next Generation.

Image credit: CBS Television

Source: Bell

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