Patrick Stewart stuns fans with ‘Star Trek’ return

(CNN) – Set your phasers to stunned: Sir Patrick Stewart is returning to his celebrated role of Captain Jean-Luc Picard for a new “Star Trek” series.

The news, announced by Stewart himself and executive producer Alex Kurtzman at a “Star Trek” convention Saturday in Las Vegas, sent excitement among fans skyrocketing at warp speed. Many leapt to their feet and cheered as Stewart emerged on stage.

The show will air on CBS All Access, the network’s video-on-demand service, and “tells the story of the next chapter in Picard’s life,” according to a tweet from “Star Trek: Discovery,” another CBS All Access series.

In his own announcement, Stewart said playing the character again is “an unexpected but delightful surprise,” because he felt his time with “Star Trek” and Picard “had run its natural course.”

“During these past years, it has been humbling to hear stories about how ‘The Next Generation’ brought people comfort, saw them through difficult periods in their lives or how the example of Jean-Luc inspired so many to follow in his footsteps, pursuing science, exploration and leadership,” said Stewart in a statement.

“I feel I’m ready to return to him for the same reason — to research and experience what comforting and reforming light he might shine on these often very dark times.”

Stewart first brought Picard to life in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” which aired from 1987 to 1994. He also helmed the starship Enterprise in several movies, including “Star Trek: Generations,” “Star Trek: First Contact,” “Star Trek: Insurrection,” and “Star Trek: Nemesis.”

Since then the British actor, 78, has appeared in the “X-Men” movies and a handful of stage productions.

Blogs

Jim Day – Mornings

Jim Day – Mornings

Hi, I’m Jim Day, the new Morning Personality here on 95.1 KBBY. I’m a Dad who is happily wrapped around his son, daughter and wife’s finger (I’m very flexible), but I wouldn’t want it any other way. My son and I are in Boy Scouts together and my daughter lives for DIY projects. You know…

Bill Michaels

Bill Michaels

He’s our newest addition to the 95.1 KBBY airstaff, meet Bill Michaels. Bill is a true Southern Californian having grown up in “America’s Finest City” San Diego, where he went to SDSU to study Broadcast/Management and got the radio bug. You could find him most weekend overnights hanging out at his local Top 40 radio…

John Tesh

John Tesh

Intelligence for Your Life Already a figure in TV and the music industry, Tesh branched out to another medium, radio. He started “The John Tesh Radio Show” in 2003 and has since become one of the most listened-to voices on the air. The show recently won a Radio Ink magazine’s Reader’s Poll for “Favorite Syndicated…