In a surprising turn of events, Netflix has come to the rescue of the animated kids show Star Trek: Prodigy, which was cancelled during the production of its second season by Paramount+. The streaming giant has not only acquired the first season of the show but has also committed to airing the upcoming second season upon its completion.
The first season of Star Trek: Prodig’ is set to be available for streaming later this year, with the second season expected to be released in 2024. This news will relieve Star Trek fans, who were upset by the cancellation decision.
Paramount+, supported by Paramount Global, had cancelled Prodigy in June as part of a trend of utilising tax write-offs. Other popular shows such as Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, The Game revival, and unscripted series ‘Queen of the Universe’ were also cancelled at that time.
However, the decision to cancel Prodigy was particularly surprising given that it was produced in-house by CBS Studios, where Star Trek’s Alex Kurtzman, with a significant overall deal, resides. The Star Trek franchise has been a vital asset for the platform, and Kurtzman’s aim was to expand its universe to attract a new generation of fans.
Despite the cancellation of Prodigy, Paramount+ continues to host other Star Trek series, including Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, and the adult-oriented animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks. Furthermore, Star Trek: Section 31 and Star Trek: Starfleet Academy, both produced by CBS Studios and Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout banner, are set to come to the platform soon.
Behind the scenes of Prodigy, Kevin and Dan Hageman are the showrunners, with executive producers including Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Aaron Baiers, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth. The voice cast features Kate Mulgrew, Brett Gray, Ella Purnell, Rylee Alazraqui, Angus Imrie, Jason Mantzoukas, Dee Bradley Baker, John Noble, and Jimmi Simpson, with recurring appearances from Daveed Diggs, Jameela Jamil, Jason Alexander, Robert Beltran, and Billy Campbell.
Fans of Prodigy can look forward to the premiere of the first season on Netflix later this year, followed by the second season in 2024.