Star Trek: Prodigy is making the hyperjump to Netflix after being axed.
Netflix and CBS Studios announced that the canceled Paramount+ series will have its first season stream soon, with the second season currently in production. That second season will debut on Netflix in 2024. The news is a testament to how successful the first Star Trek series aimed at younger viewers has been with its audience. The series has earned a 2023 TCA Awards nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Family Programming as well as a 2022 Children’s and Family Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Animated Series. Production designer Alessandro Taini also won the Children’s and Family Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation.
The series follows a group of young aliens who commit a first in the Star Trek franchise–commandeer a Starfleet ship. According to the logline:
Star Trek: Prodigy is the first Star Trek series aimed at younger audiences and follows a motley crew of young aliens who must figure out how to work together while navigating a greater galaxy, in search of a better future. These six young outcasts know nothing about the ship they have commandeered – a first in the history of the Star Trek franchise – but over the course of their adventures together, they will each be introduced to Starfleet and the ideals it represents.
The series stars a voice cast including Kate Mulgrew, who played Captain (now Admiral) Janeway in the live-action series Star Trek: Voyager. In Star Trek: Prodigy, Janeway talks to the child crew in the form of a hologram.
The cast also includes Brett Gray, Ella Purnell, Aylee Alazraqui, Angus Imrie, Jason Mantzoukas, Dee Bradley Baker, John Noble and Jimmi Simpson. Recurring cast members include Daveed Diggs, Jameela Jamil, Jason Alexander, Billy Campbell and Robert Beltran, reprising his Star Trek: Voyager character Captain Chakotay.
Executive producer Alex Kurtzman and co-showrunners Dan and Kevin Hageman said in a statement about what it’s been like to have Star Trek: Prodigy come to Netflix.
“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,” they said. “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.”
Mulgrew also said in a statement her love for the Star Trek fans.
“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.”