Almost four months after being removed from Paramount+, the animated series Star Trek: Prodigy has found a new streaming home. The show is headed to Netflix.
Prodigy saved… on Netflix!
The news was first reported by Variety, but has also been confirmed by CBS Studios: Netflix has picked up Prodigy. The first season will debut later this year, and the second season (which was never released on Paramount+) is coming in 2024. Today’s announcement confirms Prodigy is coming to Netflix in the USA. [International update] Additional Netflix territories are expected to be announced closer to the launch of season one in the USA later this year.
The removal of Prodigy from Paramount+ was part of a larger series of cost-cutting moves made by the streamer. This is the first removed Paramount+ show that has found a new home. It is also the first original Star Trek show in the new era that will exist exclusively outside of Paramount+ in the USA. After the removal from Paramount+, an active #SaveStarTrekProdigy fan campaign emerged, which included flying a banner above the Hollywood offices of potential new homes for the show (with Netflix among them).
Producers and Mulgrew celebrate the news
Co-creators and showrunners Dan and Kevin Hageman and star Kate Mulgrew sent out a message to fans via the official announcement:
“Thank you to our incredible ‘Star Trek: Prodigy’ fans, who championed not just a show, but a community that’s always been connected by the belief that we build a better future together,” said executive producer Alex Kurtzman and co-showrunners Dan and Kevin Hageman. “We set out to inspire you, but you inspired us. The team is still hard at work on the second season, and we can’t wait to share it with the amazing fans around the world.”
“I’ve always held that the Star Trek fan base is among the strongest and most intelligent in the world. They have shown their collective passion, and we’re happy to be able to celebrate Prodigy once again,” said Kate Mulgrew, voice of Admiral Janeway.
The Hagemans also sent out a special message to fans on social media:
A message to our incredible fans from us and @Alex_Kurtzman. Happy to share that #StarTrekProdigy has found a NEW HOME! Star Trek: Prodigy is coming to @Netflix later in 2023, and all-new episodes in 2024.#SAVEDStarTrekProdigy pic.twitter.com/3VhYMDZQKm
— Dan & Kevin Hageman (@brothershageman) October 11, 2023
Season 2 in the “final mix”… promises return of a rivalry
The first 20-episode season wrapped up on Paramount+ in December of 2022. At the time, work on the second season of 20 episodes was already well underway. When the show was removed from Paramount+ in June Paramount made it clear that work would continue as they searched for a new home for the series. A teaser clip for the second season was released during the 57 Year Mission convention in August, revealing it will feature the USS Voyager-A and the return of The Doctor from Star Trek: Voyager (voiced by Robert Picardo).
In a recent TrekMovie interview, co-executive producer Aaron Waltke confirmed the team should be finished with all 20 episodes of season 2 by the end of this year or early 2024. Originally, Paramount+ had planned to debut the first half of the season in the winter of 2023. Recently, Waltke gave an update on the season, teasing one of the plotlines for an episode that will explore one of the franchise’s “most fascinating rivalries.”
Recently watched the final mix for another episode of #StarTrekProdigy Season 2 — one that finally explores the aftermath of one of the most fascinating rivalries in the franchise's history. You are not prepared. 💫🖖
— Aaron J. Waltke (@GoodAaron) September 26, 2023
This is a developing story, so stay tuned for more updates.
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