We are starting to get a better sense of what 2022 (and 2023) are going to look like in terms of Star Trek on Paramount+ with the announcement of a number of season orders and premiere dates, both for new shows and new seasons.
Discovery, Strange New Worlds, and Lower Decks get more seasons
The fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery is set to come back from hiatus on February 10th, and now Paramount+ has officially announced a fifth season for the series, which will comprise 10-episodes, bringing it in line with all the other Star Trek Universe shows. No word yet on when the fifth season will go into production or premiere. While it doesn’t come as a surprise as Discovery remains the most streamed original series on Paramount+, fans were eagerly awaiting the news.
Paramount+ also announced a couple of other exciting, yet expected, renewals: They have picked up a second season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the upcoming new series starring Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike. Earlier reporting indicated that the season could go into production in February in Toronto, Canada. And finally, Star Trek: Lower Decks has been renewed for a fourth 10-episode season.
Paramount+ had previously announced a third season of Picard and a second season (with 20 more episodes) of Prodigy, so now we know that all five current Star Trek series have more seasons to come.
2022 Release Schedule – Year Round Star Trek
Currently, Paramount+ has three episodes left in the first half of season one of Prodigy, with the 10th episode arriving on February 3rd. That will be followed up by the fourth season of Discovery, which returns from hiatus with six more episodes, starting on February 10 and wrapping up on March 17th.
Today Paramount+ also announced premiere dates for upcoming seasons:
- Star Trek: Picard season two will premiere on March 3; new episodes of the 10-episode season will drop each Thursday.
- Star Trek: Strange New Worlds season one will premiere on May 5; new episodes of the 10-episode season will drop each Thursday.
- Star Trek: Lower Decks season three will premiere this summer with a 10-episode season.
- Star Trek: Prodigy season one (part two) will be available later in 2022 with 10 more episodes.
There will be some overlap with the final three episodes of Discovery season four arriving the same day as the first three episodes of Picard season two. And assuming no more hiatuses in 2022, the Picard season two finale falls on the same day as the Strange New Worlds premiere. And as the previous two seasons of Lower Decks debuted in August, so August 2022 would be a reasonable guess for season three.
Doing the math, it looks like 2022 could have up to 51 total episodes of Star Trek (if all 10 of the second half of Prodigy’s first season arrive in 2022). This makes 2022 the first year fulfilling the stated goal of year-round Star Trek on Paramount+. And 2023 could be even bigger, with orders for additional seasons of all five series.
We are still waiting to get a release date for the 4K/UHD remastered Star Trek: The Motion Picture Director’s Edition, which will debut on Paramount+ this year.
Note: above dates are for Paramount+ in the USA. We will provide updates regarding international release dates as that info becomes available.
Kurtzman promises more to come
In a statement, Alex Kurtzman, the executive producer in charge of Star Trek, talked about the state and future of the Trek franchise:
“Four years ago, we made a promise to grow ‘Star Trek’ into something it had never been before, and thanks to the incredibly hard work done by our many talented showrunners, writers, and directors, along with the extraordinary support of CBS Studios and Paramount+, we’re keeping our word. Now our current shows are set up for the future as we work to build ‘Trek’s’ next phase of programming for years to come.”
Kurtzman’s comment about the “next phase” of Star Trek is intriguing. Looking forward to 2023 and beyond it is likely that some of the current five series will wrap up, opening up the possibility for new shows in this new phase. Kurtzman has previously spoken about development on a Section 31 series as well as an Academy series. There are likely other shows being considered as well.
It’s also possible that ViacomCBS will try to bring the television and film franchises into alignment, starting with the planned release of a new Star Trek movie set for the 2023 holiday season.
UPDATE: Announcement posters
Paramount+ released some new posters in honor of the various announcements on social media. There is one for each show. (click on below images to enlarge)
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