Star Trek: Picard Shuts Down Production After COVID-19 Outbreak on Set

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There's a lot of anticipation right now for the second season of Star Trek: Picard thanks to the shocking ending of the first season where Picard died and his consciousness transferred to an android body and the much-anticipated return of John de Lancie's Q. However, it looks like production just took a hit thanks to the ongoing pandemic.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, filming for Star Trek: Picard shut down last Monday due to the COVID-19 outbreak on the set. More than 50 people tested positive in multiple zones including some cast members in zone A. Deadline noted in their report that 81-year-old Patrick Stewart is not among those who tested positive. Filming is expected to resume early next week.

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In case you don't know, Star Trek: Picard films in Los Angeles, which recorded 37,094 new COVID-19 cases as of January 6. Other shows like NCIS and Grey's Anatomy have also shut down their production due to the new surge. The series is reportedly in production for the third season at the moment as the second and third were being filmed back-to-back. It also has one of the biggest crews in television as they employ more than 450 people.

It is unfortunate to hear that a lot of people who worked on the series tested positive for COVID-19 and hopefully they will recover soon so that production can start again. However, it may not impact the airing of the second season later this year since they already finished filming for it and they are currently working on the third one. We will find out soon enough when the filming will be restarting again.

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There is no premiere date set yet for the second season of Star Trek: Picard, but it is expected to premiere on Paramount+ later this year.