The animated Star Trek Prodigy show for kids will now premiere on streaming first.
The “Star Trek” Universe is making its permanent place on Paramount Plus, including the debut of the new “Trek” adaptation, the animated kids series “ Star Trek Prodigy, ” ViacomCBS revealed during its Shareholders Day meeting on Wednesday. We know these heroes are all doing something much more fascinating: they’ll become the first completely non-human stars of a Trek show.
With the arrival of Star Trek Prodigy, there will be five shows from the Star Trek universe on the newly updated Paramount+ (formerly known as CBS All Access), which drops March 4. The others are Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, the cartoon comedy series Star Trek: Lower Decks, and the forthcoming Star Trek: Weird New Worlds. The digital platform will also deliver all 726 episodes from the six classic Star Trek series, along with some of the Star Trek films.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Executive Director Alex Kurtzman says, “The way we build our universe is that each show needs to have its own very special identity because you don’t know what you’re getting from one show is what you can expect from another show, It really grabs hold of the stuff that Trek stands for that have sustained it so alive for 55 years. It’s about a space family. It’s about hope. Star Trek Prodigy is about science. It’s about striving for the best of ourselves. It’s about the illusion that the potential of ourselves will manifest in the future and become this awesome union of planets.”
Initially envisioned for Nickelodeon, “Prodigy,” from Kevin and Dan Hageman (Netflix’s “Trollhunters”), will now debut on the streamer sometime in 2021. After its 10-episode run has ended there, the show — featuring a coterie of alien kids who command a seemingly abandoned Starfleet starship — will air again on the traditional Nickelodeon channel. The network also revealed a first look at the ship’s crew from the series, revealing that none of the major cast on “Prodigy” will be human, a first for a “Trek” series.