Star Trek: Picard is planning to film seasons 2 and 3 in Ontario, Canada.
I remember writing this article a month or so ago. It never got published because I heard it was not happening anymore, but it seems like they are thinking about it again.
This decision is being made due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Picard season 1 was filmed in the United States and as most of us already know, the US isn’t exactly the best at this coronavirus thing. Outside of Picard, the CBS All Access Star Trek shows are all produced in Canada (even the animated ones) so it has always been weird how Picard films in California, US. Seeing as how the other Star Trek shows film in Canada, they can move Picard to Canada too and have it film somewhere in the CBS Studios or the Pinewood lots they own in Ontario, Canada.
IF Picard ends up moving to Canada, the production of the second season will be entirely studio-based, no outside shooting will be done. I’m happy to hear that CBS All Access cares enough about their cast and crew to make sure they don’t get infected with the coronavirus, while working on Star Trek shows. Their lead actor, Sir Patrick Stewart, also just celebrated his 80th birthday last month, so it might be a good idea to make sure he does not get infected with COVID-19.
There is one, big, 20 million dollar problem with this idea though: tax credits. Picard gets lots of tax credits for filming in California. Is CBS willing to pay 20 million dollars more for Picard season 2, just so production can begin earlier? I guess we will see in the next few weeks.