As reported last Friday, Star Trek: Prodigy was included with a number of other shows set to be removed from Paramount+, and those removals have now happened. Fans are also rallying to save the show as we await news on a new home for the second season.
Prodigy gone from Paramount+
Today Paramount+ launched its planned full integration with Showtime in the USA. All of the Showtime content is now available within the ad-free tier of Parmount+. The removal of Prodigy and a number of other shows ahead of this integration is what Paramount describes as “refining our content offering to deliver the best streaming experience for subscribers.” These removals are also part of an industry-wide trend as streaming providers take write-offs to cut costs with a new focus on creating profitability, with Paramount following other streamers doing the same, including Disney+, Hulu, and HBO Max (now Max). While Paramount+ has removed a variety of different shows, Prodigy is one of 18 Nickelodeon-produced shows that are now no longer available, showing how kids’ programming and animation have taken the biggest hit.
Internationally Prodigy is still available on Paramount+, however it appears that it will be removed this week.
In a statement to TrekMovie, Paramount thanked the “fantastic cast and crew” of Star Trek: Prodigy for their “hard work and dedication” to the show. Paramount also confirmed work on the 20-episode second season will continue as the studio looks for a new home for both seasons of the show.
Paramount also made clear they are “invested in growing the Star Trek franchise,” which includes the newly announced Star Trek: Academy live-action series geared towards young adults along with the special Section 31 streaming movie event starring Michelle Yeoh. Paramount also reconfirmed plans for a third season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and a fifth season of the animated comedy Star Trek: Lower Decks. The fifth and final season of Star Trek: Discovery is also set to arrive in early 2024.
Star Trek shows feature prominently in the new promo video released today to announce the Showtime integration.
Fans rally to save the show
Soon after Friday’s news fans quickly latched on to the #SaveStarTrekProdigy hashtag, which has been quite active. There is a Change.org petition which has already surpassed 17,000 votes in just a few days.
The creative team behind Prodigy has been active in supporting fan efforts online, and also sharing a positive and hopeful attitude for the future of the show, at least in terms of finding a new home for both the first season and the upcoming second season.
Co-executive producer Aaron Waltke laid out a thread on Twitter suggesting ways fans can support the show, this included a message to stay positive but to also to watch and purchase the show when possible.
Keep it positive and keep it up. Now is the time to do it. Let them see an eager and active fanbase who will follow the show wherever it goes.
Watch the entire show to completion while it’s still up! A view is a view — and numbers do matter. https://t.co/S1bfqhzkr0
— Aaron J. Waltke (@GoodAaron) June 25, 2023
I also highly recommend picking up the #StarTrekProdigy toys!
If they are successful, more could follow. And they are also going fast as possible collectors items! https://t.co/GK5p1tfUBB
— Aaron J. Waltke (@GoodAaron) June 25, 2023
Co-creators Dan and Kevin Hageman have also been active, sharing many fan tweets supporting the show. They also had a bit of fun, teasing their upcoming appearance at Creation’s 57-Year Mission contention in Las Vegas in August, something that got support from show star Kate Mulgrew.
I will be joining this panel, as there is much to discuss with the @brothershageman.
Many thanks to our cast and crew, and to our fans for your ongoing support.
— Kate Mulgrew (@TheKateMulgrew) June 26, 2023
Buying Prodigy digitally and on Blu-ray/DVD
The first “volume” of season 1 with the first 10 episodes of Star Trek: Prodigy was released in January on Blu-ray and DVD (see TrekMovie.com review). After news broke of the Paramount+ removal, this set sold out quickly at Amazon and other retailers. Currently, Target still has stock for both the Blu-ray and DVD. There is no word yet on when the second volume from season 1 will be released, but Aaron Waltke did confirm fans should expect it.
— Aaron J. Waltke (@GoodAaron) June 26, 2023
The first 10 episodes of Prodigy are also available for digital purchase on Apple iTunes, Google Play Store, and Amazon Prime Video. In the case of Prime Video, you can purchase the full 20-episode season, however, only the first 10 episodes are available for now, with the promise of providing the second 10 episodes when they become available. In the UK, all of season 1 (20 episodes) is available to purchase digitally on iTunes and Amazon Prime Video. It isn’t known when the rest of season 1 will be made available in the USA.
Waiting for news
Star Trek: Prodigy may be gone from Paramount+, but the story of the show is not over. Well it isn’t likely for Paramount to reverse their decision and put the show back on Paramount+. All of the support the show is getting from the fans should help their effort in finding a new home for the series including the second season, but for now there are no indications when or where that could be. There will also likely be multiple partners internationally. We are also still awaiting news on when the rest of season 1 will be available digitally in the USA and available on DVD and Blu-ray everywhere.
This is a dynamic situation, so stay tuned to TrekMovie for more updates. Until there is news, Trek fans are of course resorting to memes, such as this one (original creator unknown)…
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