Thursday, February 22

Star Trek: Prodigy Creators Open Up About the Show’s ‘Cancellation’ and Renewal: ‘It Was Utterly Frightening’

Star Trek: Prodigy has rather the survival story.

Back in June, Paramount+ verified that it would get rid of the animated Star Trek series from its streaming platform, even after it had actually currently restored it for a 2nd season. Luckily, after a strong fan project, Prodigy was conserved when Netflix nabbed it up, which will be the home to both Prodigy Season 1 and the upcoming Season 2 at some point next year. Now, co-creators and showrunners Dan and Kevin Hageman have actually opened about how all of it decreased.

“I need to state, it was entirely frightening,” Kevin Hageman stated in an interview for IGN. “You’ve invested 4 years of your life on something you enjoy and love, and understand is excellent, and to go on YouTube and see absolutely nothing of it, like it does not even exist, is frightening.”

Star Trek: Prodigy discovered itself in an odd location when it introduced on Paramount+ in October 2021.

The young streaming service had actually just been around given that March of that year and dealt with competitors from the similarity Netflix and Prime Video. As the Hagemans put it, part of the problem for Prodigy was that Paramount+ didn’t have the exact same animated tradition as other banners.

“Paramount+ is a more youthful banner, so they do not have as lots of … individuals aren’t paying that month-to-month thing to go and see animation,” stated Dan Hageman.

Naturally, the brother or sisters are no complete strangers to animation– their current hit Trollhunters made waves on Netflix. Now, they wish to duplicate that success when Prodigy heads to Netflix.

“If you take a look at Netflix, somebody who may not understand Star Trek at all and simply enjoys the thumbnail and goes ‘well that looks kind cool’ and inspect it out, and I believe that’s what we’re most thrilled about,” Dan stated.

… People aren’t paying that regular monthly thing to go and see animation

The issue when Prodigy was on Paramount+, they state, wasn’t that individuals didn’t like it. Like many cancellation and renewal statements, all of it boiled down to the numbers.

“Well, they liked it!” stated Kevin. “I indicate, everybody at Paramount+ enjoyed our program, they were substantial advocates of it, and they simply revealed us the numbers and for some factor, the numbers simply passed away on our program. And for me … I do not understand why.”

“We had our theories,” included Dan. “But we can’t always talk to those … so we have no conclusive factor.”

“Yeah, I have no concept why,” stated Kevin. “All we understood was– our program was much better than this. Like, I comprehend if the audiences drop and it’s a turd of a program, however I resembled ‘Our program’s too great for this. I do not comprehend it’.”

What’s actually intriguing is that it was never ever in fact canceled … a minimum of, not in the Hagemans’ eyes.

Prodigy’s unusual journey

Star Trek: Prodigy was eliminated from Paramount+ without cautioning back in June,

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