Star Trek: Prodigy has been canceled after just one season by Paramount+
We’ve been talking about this for months now. We’ve said that Paramount was going to start cutting back on Star Trek shows (as well as other properties), and that day has finally come. Star Trek: Prodigy has officially been canceled after a second season was announced.
The news came via Deadline, who are reporting that not only is Prodigy being canceled after just one season, but the planned second season is not going ahead either.
Not only are the shows being canceled but Prodigy, among the other shows announced for cancelation, won’t even be on the service anymore. The goal here appears to be to sell the broadcast rights to rival streaming platforms and try to cash out on the shows.
"Star Trek: Prodigy will not be going forth with its previously announced second season.…All of these titles will be removed from Paramount+ with the studios planning to shop some of them to rival broadcasters and streamers."
Star Trek is not a safe brand on Paramount+ anymore
Despite Star Trek being the top-viewed property that Paramount+ has, it appears as though the production costs for Prodigy were just too high, even if the show was among the more watched. We’ve talked before about how Strange New Worlds, the second half of Prodigy and Picard’s final season really saw a ramping up of interest in the Star Trek brand.
And that was true. Prodigy got a whole toy line launched, a video game, a second season announced in November of 2022, and was one of the more watched series. Yet, it’s been canceled.
If a successful show like Prodigyg could be canceled, what’s going to happen next? Picard and Discovery were already canceled due to their bloated costs. The Section 31 show was turned into a film to dramatically cut costs but also keep themselves on the right side of some contracts.
Is it possible Strange New Worlds only gets three seasons? Will they even get a third season at this point? Strange New Worlds’ third season has been delayed due to the writer’s strike, could the cancelation of Prodigy be tied to such strikes and if so, will it be the only casualty for Trek?
Only time will tell.