When Paramount+ decided to axe Star Trek: Prodigy from its production line-up after only one season despite having greenlit a second one, Trek fans were understandably upset. When the show was cancelled, the production company Secret Hideout was already well into production on Season 2 of the popular show. The show was left in limbo, its future uncertain.
The good news now is that a new streaming distributor has been found, and that distributor is Netflix. The show will hit Netflix this year, 2023, with new episodes in 2024. There is no timeline more precise than that at the moment, but this news is great cause for celebration among its devoted followers.
Dan and Kevin Hageman, co-showrunners for the series, posted the following message on Twitter:
Thank you to our incredible Star Trek: Prodigy fans, who championed not just a show, but a community that’s always been connected by the belief that we build a better future together. We set out to inspire you, but you inspired us. The team is still hard at work on the second season, and we can’t wait to share it with the amazing fans around the world.— Alex Kurtzman, Executive Producer and Dan & Kevin Hageman, Co-Showrunners
The last minute rescue of Star Trek: Prodigy is due at least in part to the passion of the fans, who did not want the show to die due to some misguided clerical decision in some unseen corporate office. During the WGA strike, fans even paid for a banner flown over the offices of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon in hopes of finding the beloved series a new home.
After gathering 33,000 signatures in a petition on Change.org and raising money via GoFundMe, the fans contracted a plane to fly a “Save Star Trek Prodigy” banner over the Los Angeles offices Amazon, Hulu and Apple — including circling for 10 minutes over the Netflix offices on Sunset Boulevard.
Co-showrunners Dan and Kevin Hageman took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to praise the effort: “This is incredible. We owe these Trek fans a pint and our lifetime devotion. Blessed to have people like all of you in our stratosphere.” Fans also joined co-executive producer Aaron Waltke and voice actress Bonnie Gordon, the voice of the computer aboard the Prodigy, outside of the Netflix building.
Voice cast for the series includes Kate Mulgrew as Captain Kathryn Janeway, Brett Gray as Dal, Ella Purnell as Gwyn, Rylee Alazraqui as Rok-Tahk, Angus Imrie as Zero, Jason Mantzoukas as Jankom Pog, Dee Bradley Baker as Murf, John Noble as The Diviner, and Jimmi Simpson as Drednok. Other reoccurring cast members include Daveed Diggs as Commander Tysess, Jameela Jamil as Ensign Asencia, Jason Alexander as Doctor Noum, Robert Beltran as Captain Chakotay, Bonnie Gordon as the ship’s computer (also other characters), and Billy Campbell as Thadiun Okona.
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