When is the Star Trek: Picard release date?
There was a lot of speculation that CBS All Access would announce the release date at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con after Comicbook.com reported that the series began shooting back in April, the same month the network's flagship Star Trek series, Discovery, ended its Season 2 run. Although the network previously said its goal is to expand its scope of Star Trek content through at least 2023, all that was announced at Comic-Con was a vague "early 2020" hint.
Finally, however, we got a definite release date for the series during the 2019 New York Comic-Con. Star Trek: Picard will premiere on CBS All Access on January 23, 2020.
Is this a reboot, a sequel, a prequel, a spinoff, or what?
Don't work too hard -- this is a straight-up sequel. In fact, Picard will mark the furthest in the future the Star Trek franchise has ever boldly gone (save for a one-off time travel or flash-forward episode here and there). So it has literally every other project at its back.
Picard takes place 18 years after Star Trek: Nemesis, which was the most recent movie in terms of the franchise's story timeline. Although there have been several adaptations since then, such as J.J. Abrams' three-part film franchise and a new TV series titled Enterprise, they've all been some variation of a prequel.
Star Trek 2009 writer Alex Kurtzman, who is helming the Picard series, told The Hollywood Reporter that a cataclysmic event depicted in that film will have a big impact on Picard when the series opens. In that film -- spoiler alert -- Leonard Nimoy's Spock failed to stop the destruction of Romulus, the home world of Starfleet's greatest antagonists in Picard's day. While the most recent films (which gave us Chris Pine’s James T. Kirk and Zachary Quinto’s Spock) explored the “Alternate Original Series” timeline created by a wayward Romulan mining vessel traveling back in time and killing Kirk’s father, we never saw what happened in the original timeline after the destruction of Romulus.