The Paramount+ show news comes at a time of transition for the “Star Trek” universe.
It’s the end of an era for Trekkies. Paramount has announced that “Star Trek: Discovery,” the series that kicked off the current litany of streaming “Star Trek” shows on Paramount+, will end after the upcoming fifth season. The final batch of episodes are set to air in early 2024 (via The Hollywood Reporter).
“As lifelong Star Trek fans, it has been a tremendous honor and privilege to help bring ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ to the world,” executive producers and showrunners Alex Kurtzman and Michelle Paradise said in a statement. . “The Trek universe means so much to so many people – including us – and we couldn’t be prouder of all that ‘Discovery’ has contributed to its legacy, especially with representation. If just one person sees themselves, or sees the possibilities of his future, in a new way thanks to “Discovery”, then we think we would have made Gene Roddenberry very proud.
The show was notable for casting Sonequa Martin-Green as the first black woman to lead a “Star Trek” series. In her own statement, the actress acknowledged the end of the pageant.
“I find it hard to believe this mind-blowing journey with Discovery is coming to an end,” Martin-Green wrote. “I am incredibly blessed by God to have played Captain Michael Burnham and to have been part of a legacy alongside an extraordinary cast, a phenomenal crew and a remarkable writing team. To our most in solidarity with CBS Studios and Paramount+, who insisted on making television history, I am deeply grateful.
The news comes at a time of transition for the “Star Trek” universe. ‘Star Trek: Picard’ also ends after its next third season, leaving “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” as the franchise’s flagship series. This show received rave reviews for its first season and quickly became the most watched “Star Trek” series on Paramount+, causing rapid renewal. Season 2 is expected to air later this year.
The anime side of the franchise is also booming, as a fourth season of “Star Trek: Lower Decks” and a second season of “Star Trek: Prodigy” are both in the works. Kurtzman also teased the development of a new live-action series called “Star Trek: The Academy”, although it has not been officially commissioned.
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