The “Star Trek” Universe is making its everlasting house on Paramount Plus, together with the premiere of the newest “Trek” iteration, the animated children sequence “Star Trek: Prodigy,” ViacomCBS introduced throughout its Buyers Day presentation on Wednesday.
Initially conceived for Nickelodeon, “Prodigy,” from Kevin and Dan Hageman (Netflix’s “Trollhunters”), will now premiere on the streamer later in 2021. After its 10-episode run has concluded there, the present — a couple of coterie of alien children who commander a seemingly deserted Starfleet vessel — will air once more on the linear Nickelodeon channel. The community additionally launched a primary take a look at the bridge crew from the present, highlighting that not one of the major characters on “Prodigy” might be human, a primary for a “Trek” sequence.
The transfer is a part of a wider official technique of inserting each present and former “Trek” TV sequence on Paramount Plus, together with new seasons of “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Star Trek: Decrease Decks” that are additionally set to premiere in 2021.
“It does converse to having a franchise that’s distinctive to Paramount Plus, and we’re very enthusiastic about that,” Paramount Plus programming chief Julie McNamara tells Selection. “There’s a sort of franchise technique, which is the notion that in the event you execute new variations of this actually sturdy IP that you’ve properly, you’re going to drive individuals throughout the paywall.”
Together with “Prodigy,” “Discovery” and “Decrease Decks,” Paramount Plus can also be in energetic manufacturing on the second season of “Star Trek: Picard,” and the brand new sequence “Star Trek: Courageous New Worlds.” It’s the most important growth of the “Trek” franchise since its inception in 1966, however in contrast to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and up to date plans for the growth of the “Star Wars” franchise on Disney Plus, don’t anticipate these “Trek” sequence to be unfolding inside a intently knit storytelling universe.
“We’re aiming to have our reveals really feel distinctive and totally different from one another,” Alex Kurtzman, the general government producer for the “Star Trek” Universe, tells Selection. “We wish to give everyone a cause to observe every present.”
Whereas followers will see “interconnectedness” inside the reveals, Kurtzman says, there aren’t plans to inform a single cohesive story. “That’s plenty of enjoyable, however our purpose is to not make it so insular that in the event you haven’t seen the present you’re misplaced if you watch one other present,” he says.
Kurtzman and McNamara say there are nonetheless “conversations” a couple of new “Star Trek” sequence round Michelle Yeoh’s Philippa Georgiou and the mysterious Part 31, and there are different “Trek” reveals in growth that haven’t been beforehand introduced. However they emphasised that the present five-series slate will seemingly not develop additional till a minimum of one of many reveals runs its course.
“We’re very cautious about curating the pacing — the variety of reveals at any given time — and what these reveals are, in order that we guarantee that it’s at all times thrilling when there’s a brand new monitor present popping out,” says McNamara. The tough schedule, she says, is to debut “a brand new ‘Trek’ 1 / 4” on Paramount Plus.
“Whether or not there’s a present that comes up that feels additive and we should always add that into the combination, or ready for attrition of one other ‘Trek’ present, we be ok with the place we’re,” she says. McNamara mentioned that by “attrition,” she means both a “Trek” present “growing old out” naturally, or — in an allusion to 80-year-old “Picard” star Patrick Steward, “maybe an older lead is just dedicated to a sure variety of seasons and and subsequently we transfer on from that.”
Particularly with “Prodigy,” McNamara says one other issue that contributed to the choice to maneuver the present to streaming concerned information from Paramount Plus’s predecessor, CBS All Entry, that confirmed subscribers who watched “Trek” reveals additionally watched Nickelodeon’s animated sequence “The Legend of Korra.”
“It appeared very sensible for us to entry each the ‘Star Trek’ fan base that’s already on the platform and likewise children,” she says. “These are the 2 teams that you simply wish to attain.”
On the identical time, ViacomCBS didn’t wish to lose the chance to make use of “Prodigy” to entice a brand new technology to turn out to be “Star Trek” followers, which drove the choice to re-air the present on Nick.
“It’s a good way to reveal youngsters to ‘Star Trek,’ who could also be on Nickelodeon to observe different franchises,” mentioned McNamara.