The animated series Star Trek: Prodigy, which was canceled by Paramount+ during its second season production, has secured a new home. Netflix has acquired the rights to Season 1 and has committed to streaming the upcoming Season 2 upon its completion.
Star Trek: Prodigy revolves around a group of rebellious teenagers who stumble upon a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to seek adventure, meaning, and redemption. Season 1 is set to be available for streaming later this year, with Season 2 scheduled for release in 2024.
In June, Paramount+ surprisingly canceled Prodigy, citing tax write-offs. This decision was unexpected, considering that the series was produced in-house by CBS Studios. Star Trek had also been a cornerstone of the streaming service since its CBS All Access days, driven by the vision of filmmaker Alex Kurtzman (the creator of Star Trek: Discovery, Short Trek, Picard, and Strange New Worlds) to expand the universe and engage with a new generation of Trek fans.
The news of Prodigy’s return to Netflix follows a passionate GoFundMe campaign initiated by fans of the series. This campaign, which raised approximately $1,500 from 46 donations, surpassing its $1,200 goal, led to a skywriting plane flying over the offices of various streaming services, including Netflix, in August. This endeavor came after a petition garnered over 33,000 signatures.
Kurtzman, along with co-showrunners Dan and Kevin Hageman, expressed their gratitude to the dedicated Star Trek: Prodigy fans, recognizing that the show has fostered a community connected by the shared belief in building a better future together.
Kurtzman and co-showrunners Dan and Kevin Hageman issued a statement saying “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.” “We wanted to motivate you, but you motivated us instead. The second season is still under development by the team, and we are so excited to share it with incredible fans worldwide.
They conveyed their excitement for the second season, emphasizing their commitment to sharing it with fans worldwide.