Paramount has canceled yet another popular show in the iCarly reboot, and Star Trek fans should be worried.
Paramount+ canceled one of its most talked about shows in digital media, iCarly after three seasons, and they’re already doing damage control. A Paramount+ spokesperson told Variety that they canceled it because fans got what they wanted, the two main characters had gotten into a romantic relationship, thus it was a natural stopping point for the show. However, the show ended on a cliffhanger because everyone involved believed they’d be getting a fourth season.
In fact, the reboot was among the streaming service’s most popular shows, with Forbes of all outlets calling the cancellation a surprising move. It was the second-most watched show on the service for some time and likely remained as such assuming the digital media engagement is any metric to go by.
While Star Trek fans may wonder why this matters, keep this in mind; iCarly costs a fraction to make compared to Star Trek. It was a popular, easy-to-make show, that likely cost a third, if not less, per episode compared to Star Trek.
And it got canceled. So what does that tell you about what may happen to the future of Star Trek on the service?
Expect Star Trek to be trimmed in the future
Do not be surprised if Star Trek: Lower Decks gets canceled after its latest season is done airing in November. It seems to be a current trend right now for shows on the service to not last past three or four seasons, and considering the cost of making animated series compared to their return, it’s likely that Lower Decks goes the way of Discovery, Picard, and Prodigy and gets the axe.
It very much seems like Paramount+ is moving away from the series, and turning their eyes to the film division once again. Star Trek 4 is rumored to begin production soon, and while we haven’t heard any updates on Section 31, that was a series turned film, and others may soon follow.