During a ViacomCBS Investor Day event today the company revealed more details about Star Trek’s future on the upcoming Paramount+ streaming service.
First look at Star Trek: Prodigy
Originally designed to be a Nickelodeon series, today it was announced that the kids-focused Star Trek: Prodigy is headed to Paramount+. The CG-animated series from Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters) will debut later in 2021 with a 10-episode first season. The show will also air on Nickelodeon after the Paramount+ season wraps up.
Star Trek: Prodigy is about a group of alien kids who commander a seemingly abandoned Starfleet vessel. Today Paramount+ revealed the first look at the all-alien bridge crew from the show. Prodigy will also feature the return of Kate Mulgrew, reprising her Star Trek: Voyager role as Kathryn Janeway.
More Star Trek coming in 2021 and beyond
Bringing Prodigy into Paramount+ ensures it will be the home of every series and every episode of the Star Trek franchise. In addition to Prodigy, Paramount+ is expected to bring season two of Star Trek: Lower Decks and season four of Star Trek: Discovery in 2021. Variety also confirms that season two of Star Trek: Picard and the first season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds are both currently in production.
In a statement Star Trek executive producer Alex Kurtzman said this about the variety of Star Trek shows on Paramount+:
“In three years, we’ve expanded the Star Trek Universe to new heights, creating five original series – each with its own unique storytelling and distinct cinematic feel.”
Speaking to Variety. Kurtzman also said that there will be “interconnectedness” between the Star Trek shows, however he also said: “That’s a lot of fun, but our goal is not to make it so insular that if you haven’t seen the show you’re lost when you watch another show.”
Paramount+ EVP of programming Julie McNamara had this to say in a statement:
“When Star Trek: Discovery first premiered, we knew we had the beginning of something special. Over three years later, we are thrilled that Paramount+ will serve as the streaming home of the Star Trek Universe, with an unparalleled existing and expanding library of Trek content. The upcoming addition of Star Trek: Prodigy to Paramount+ means subscribers now have a Trek series for every member of the family – including kids.”
In addition to the five previously mentioned Star Trek series, Kurtzman also confirmed with Variety there are still “conversations” about a Section 31 series headed up by Michelle Yeoh, and other Trek shows that haven’t been announced yet.
McNamara tells Variety the goal is to debut a new season of Star Trek every quarter. “Whether there’s a show that comes up that feels additive and we should add that into the mix, or waiting for attrition of another ‘Trek’ show, we feel good about where we are.”
Watch Star Trek “Expansion Continues” promo
The following video narrated by Alex Kurtzman aired during the ViacomCBS presentation.
The ViacomCBS presentation is still ongoing, so this is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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