Star Trek: Picard Season 2: Michael Chabon to Step Down as Showrunner

While a second season of Star Trek: Picard has yet to be officially greenlit, should it continue, Michael Chabon will not be at the helm.

All good things… must come to an end. Such is the case with Michael Chabon’s role as the showrunner of Star Trek: Picard. But for a good reason! Following the first season of Star Trek: Picard, Chabon will transition out of the showrunner role on that show to showrun a different TV series for CBS Studios: an adaptation of his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which will be on Showtime.

Per Variety, Chabon and his producing partner Ayelet Waldman have signed a multi-year overall production past with CBS Studios, which includes a series commitment for Kavalier and Clay. Should Star Trek: Picardgo on to a second season, Chabon will stay on as an executive producer, remaining creatively-involved with the show, but someone else would have to take over showrunning duties.

Star Trek: Picard is slated to premiere on Jan. 23, 2020 on CBS All-Access, and to tell the story of Jean Luc Picard two decades after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis. The 10-episode first season will see Picard lured away from his beloved vineyard when a young woman named Dahj (Isa Briones) asks for his help. And, everyone? It looks awesome.

Given how thematically-rich and focused the show seems to be, it will be a shame, should it go to Season 2, to lose Chabon as the chief, creative force. However, there are tons of other talented writers/showrunners out there, and it does open up the possibility to bring someone else on, a la the showrunner-per-season structure that Killing Eve has intentionally set.

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We’ll have more news on Star: Trek Picard Season 2 should it be announced. In the meantime, get ready for the premiere of Season 1 on January 23rd on CBS All-Access. Read more about Star Trek: Picard Season 1 here.

Kayti Burt is a staff editor covering books, TV, movies, and fan culture at Den of Geek. Read more of her work here or follow her on Twitter @kaytiburt.