‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’ And ‘Prodigy’ Coming To CTV Sci-Fi In Canada

The next two shows coming from the Star Trek Universe are the live-action Strange New Worlds and the kids animated series Prodigy. Both will debut exclusively in the USA on Paramount+ and today we learned where Canadian fans can find these new shows.

CTV Sci-Fi adds two more Star Trek shows

CTV Sci-Fi Channel is the Canadian home to Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, and Star Trek: Lower Decks. So it comes as no big surprise that the channel will feature the next two shows in the franchise and today Canada’s Bell Media made it official, announcing both Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and Star Trek: Prodigy will be added to the lineup.

The announcement was made ahead of Bell’s Upfront event a week from today, announcing their 2021/2022 line-up of shows for CTV and their specialty channels like CTV Sci-Fi. No dates were provided for the premiers of either Star Trek show, but it is likely they will arrive at the same time as their USA premieres. Paramount+ has confirmed that Prodigy will debut on the streaming service this year. With Lower Decks arriving on August 12th and Discovery’s fourth season coming later this year, Strange New Worlds is expected to arrive in 2022.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is a new live-action series set on the USS Enterprise under the command of Captain Pike, set in the decade before James T. Kirk took command. It stars Anson Mount as Captain Pike, with Ethan Peck as Mr. Spock and Rebecca Romijn as Number One, all reprising their performances from Star Trek: Discovery and Short Treks. All three characters first appeared in Star Trek: The Original Series and the new show is being developed to hearken back to the style and tone of the original Star Trek, with an episodic structure.

Ethan Peck as Spock, Anson Mount as Pike and Rebecca Romijn as Number One in season two of Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek: Prodigy is a new animated series aimed at kids, originally developed for Nickelodeon, which will now air the show after the first season concludes on Paramount+. The series follows a “motley crew of young aliens who must figure out how to work together while navigating a greater galaxy, in search for a better future.” The show is set in the Delta Quadrant in the year 2383, five years after Star Trek: Voyager. The show’s premise follows these alien kids after they commandeer a derelict Starfleet ship, where they are guided by the “Emergency Training Hologram” modeled after Captain Janeway, with Kate Mulgrew returning to voice the role she originated on Voyager.

Prodigy group image including Janeway

While not mentioned in today’s announcement, it is likely both Strange New Worlds and Prodigy will also be available on Crave, Bell Media’s streaming service, which is also home to Discovery, Lower Decks, and Picard.

There is no word yet on where fans outside of the USA and Canada will be able to see Strange New Worlds or Prodigy. Currently, Discovery is available on Netflix, with Amazon Prime Video carrying Lower Decks internationally.


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Looking forward to Strange New worlds and Prodigy in Canada!
Exploration and adventure are back in the final frontier?? There are always.. possibilities I suppose.

Strange that Paramount+ isn’t aiming for an international scope this time round. If the transition from CBSAA zu P+ were the make any sense, an international release would make a difference. Are they planning on selling international rights to other entities for the next decade or so? Then, they simply don’t stand the slightest chance in this war of streamers…

The streaming rights outside North America are always a separate license.

BellMedia has all the Trek shows with one provider in Canada, both for premium cable (CTV Sci-fi Channel) and streaming (on Crave).

ViacomCBS has said that Paramount+ will retain the right to stream all its new shows wherever it operates. So, viewers in countries with Paramount+ rolling out always have that option.

Non-exclusive licenses are a different negotiation but part of the new streaming marketplace now that content producers are holding on to their rights. Amazon eventually licensed Lower Decks but it took time.

Par + has a Canadian streaming platform with NO STAR TREK due contract with Bell media

Under ViacomCBS’ new corporate policy, they are not entering into new exclusive agreements for any content licenses as of spring 2020.

So, I suspect both Prodigy and SNW will show up on Par+ in Canada, and other Trek shows will be added as the licenses with BellMedia are renewed.

Who still has cable?

Most boomers, I suppose.

The streaming side of it up here is Crave, where the rest of the Trek shows are already playing. So it is expected they will appear on that as well. Both cable and streaming are covered here.

I do.

I also don’t actively subscribe to any streaming service. There is nothing on any of them that would induce me into buying it for more than 2 months a year. Lots of original content but very little of it is worth watching.

Seniors, sports fans and parents with kids.

Sports and our kids are why we keep BellFibe with a linear and cable.

In Canada, the two major media conglomerates (Bell and Rogers) split the major sports.

And the better quality kids programming is from the public broadcasters and kids’ specialty cable channels.

In the United States, a lot of families with young children actually switch back to cable to get safe viewing for their kids. As the streamers improve parental controls on their apps and the quality of kids content, this is starting to change, but kids streaming is years behind.

Honestly in my case, I’m the one that gets the bulk of the use from the cable. My son is mostly out of the house now. And I mainly use it for the local RSN’s. Although after this last year my enthusiasm for sports has waned quite a bit. In time I expect it to return. So I just held on to the cable expecting it to happen. There were three sports I mainly watched. One I’ve pretty much returned to and the other two… It’s a little tougher to tune into them. Time will tell.

I do, and it’s on CTVSci-Fi almost every day as I’m working / watching weekly Star Trek episodes. They started showing Lower Decks on Much on Mondays too (also Bell)

Dud.

Wish it was on Sci-Fi here in the States. Would make getting it soooo much easier. And the image and sound quality would be better, too.

This is great.

Frankly, based on the original plan for Prodigy to be a Nickelodeon series, I’d been concerned that we were going to have to subscribe to the Canadian version which is in the highest premiere cable package on BellFibe.

But it’s really smart, since CTV Sci-fi Channel has all the classic Trek series. They will be able to move kids from Prodigy to Voyager.

yah that’s the one thing I was worried about when it was announced as a Nickleodeon show but hey I’m down with running CTV Sci-Fi Trek all day. Since it’s half-hours they’ll probably run it with Lower Decks reruns.