Commander Riker himself, “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Jonathan Frakes, has confirmed that he’s set to re-team with his old captain, Patrick Stewart, for the upcoming Jean-Luc Picard series at CBS All Access.
That re-teaming though is only behind-the-scenes it would seem. Frakes has had a prolific TV directing career over the past decade and recently appeared on the podcast Writer Experience where he confirmed he’s set to direct episodes of not just the Picard show but several other genre shows:
“Now my season looks like Star Trek: Discovery – the new wonderful Star Trek series, the Picard show – which Patrick [Stewart] is launching, and The Orville – which is some people’s new Star Trek. And I just finished The Gifted, which is a sort of X-Men Marvel origins show. So, I am back in that world.”
Frakes directed an episode of “Orville” and ‘Discovery’ in their first seasons, and has done two for this season of the latter. Frakes has directed Stewart as Picard before in numerous episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” along with the films “Star Trek: First Contact” and “Star Trek: Insurrection”.