With the recent launch of Star Trek: Prodigy, Paramount+ now has four active original Star Trek shows, with another on the way next year. Now David Nevins, the Chief Content Officer for Scripted Originals, is talking up what’s in store for Paramount+, including the Trek franchise.
Paramount+ “building out” Star Trek franchise
In a new interview with Deadline, David Nevins brought Star Trek up when asked about his upcoming programming strategy for the streaming service, and what differentiates Paramount+:
You’re going to see quite a lot of stuff rolling out over the next three or four months. We’re finally coming out of our Covid hangover, and you’re seeing the first of the Taylor Sheridan stuff, you’re seeing expansion of Star Trek and adult animation.
I’d point to a few different things that I think will wind up distinguishing Paramount+ over time. Definitely franchise first. We’re building out the Star Trek franchise, we’re building on the strength of franchises that we own. You’ve seen what the Nickelodeon strategy has been, very much about franchises. We are trying to build off what Taylor Sheridan has done; Grease is going to be an important show in the new year; Fatal Attraction is going to be an important show in the new year; and The Offer, which touches the history of Paramount and The Godfather, one of the great franchises in Paramount history, you’ll see that.
Nevins comments about the future of the Trek television franchise on Paramount+ come just two weeks after the new head of Paramount Pictures talked up plans to develop multiple Star Trek feature films, with the first (currently) slated for 2023.
Strange New Worlds coming Spring 2022
When asked directly about the continued expansion of the Star Trek Universe on Paramount+ Nevins didn’t provide any details beyond the five known current shows, but he did give a hint about when we can expect Strange New Worlds:
I’ve been involved with Star Trek now for the last couple of years because I was overseeing CBS Studios for a while. So, I’ve been pretty deeply involved with David Stapf and Alex Kurtzman in it. You’ve seen this expand into animation with Lower Decks, and then computer-generated animation with Prodigy, and then Strange New Worlds will be on the air next spring. Strange New Worlds is a return to Star Trek as adventure film, just sort of space exploration; it has a lot of the values in the original Star Trek, and I think that’s going to be really fun. Each new Star Trek has taken it to another level and has a different tone, but in a way, that’s been, I think, really satisfying.
Previously Strange New Worlds had only been confirmed for a 2022 release, but this indicates it is coming sooner, rather than later. The second season of Star Trek: Picard is arriving in February, so a good guess for the debut of the next Star Trek series would be around May 2022. This also fits with the recent report that Paramount+ has already ordered a second season of Strange New Worlds, with a production start set for February. Also previously confirmed to be coming in 2022, likely later in the year, is the third season of Lower Decks and the 10-episode second half of the first season of Prodigy.
There are no details about 2023, but we are likely to see the third season of Picard (currently in production), the second season of Strange New Worlds (reportedly starting production in early 2022), and the (just announced) second season of Prodigy. There is no word yet on if there will be a fifth season of Discovery or a fourth season of Lower Decks. Executive producer Alex Kurtzman has also recently talked up development of a Starfleet Academy show. Paramount Pictures also has a Star Trek feature film set for June 2023. If that project isn’t delayed, it could join the other Star Trek films on Paramount+ later that summer.
Showtime bundle and free Paramount+ with T-Mobile deal
Nevins also hyped the new Showtime/Paramount+ bundle which offers both services for 25% off ($11.99/month). He also indicated they will likely roll out a three-way bundle that includes BET+ in the future.
And T-Mobile has announced a new perk for customers, with a free year of Paramount+.
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