Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Paramount, In the “Star Trek” Biz for 50 Years, Abruptly Cancels Animated Show After One Season, Plus Four Other Shows, Too


Paramount Plus is joining Warners/HBO/Max in the axing of programs. It’s also wiping them from their streaming service.

Despite being in “Star Trek” game for 50 years, Paramount is canceling the animated “Star Trek Prodigy” after one season. The producers were renewed for Season 2, but that’s not happening. And “Prodigy” is being wiped from the Paramount Plus platform.

Other shows cancelled include “The Game,” “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies,” and “Queen of the Universe.” They’re also being wiped from the system.

I don’t understand this rush to erase shows that have already aired, from a digital system. They’ve been paid for, and can exist for eternity taking up no space.

All four shows will be shopped by CBS Productions to other platforms. In the case of “Prodigy,” that might be the first time a “Star Trek” show went to another network. Doesn’t that defeat the whole branding thing?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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