It would appear that the Star Trek universe is going strong and will remain a tv contender all the way through 2022 and beyond… and that ‘Thursdays’ are the first day to watch.
“Four years ago, we made a promise to grow Star Trek into something it had never been before, and thanks to the incredibly hard work done by our many talented showrunners, writers, and directors, along with the extraordinary support of CBS Studios and Paramount+, we’re keeping our word,” said a statement from Alex Kurtzman, who is officially overseeing the Star Trek franchise. “Now our current shows are set up for the future as we work to build Treks’ next phase of programming for years to come.”
Currently the CGI corner of the Trek universe containing Prodigy is being released weekly and the first half of its first season will run through Thursday 3rd February. The latter half of the season will run later in the year.
While fan opinions of one of its current mainstay Discovery may be divided, that show retains solid viewing figures and ahead of the broadcast of the second half of its Season Four beginning Thursday 10th February, Paramount have just confirmed that it has already been renewed for a fifth season to be shown sometime next year.
Despite a serious outbreak of COVID that halted production, it seems that Picard‘s return to screens has not been delayed and will return on Paramount+ from Thursday 3rd March. The second and third season of the show, headlined by Patrick Stewart, are effectively shooting back-to-back and much of the primary lensing on second season appears to have been completed prior to the outbreak. The second season sees the return of John De Lancie as ‘Q’ and Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan (with Picard renewing old acquaintances at an address that should resonate: ‘10 Forward Avenue‘)…
Strange New Worlds, detailing the voyages of the Enterprise under the command of Captain Pike (in the years before James T. Kirk took the chair), will begin its first season on Thursday 5th May. Anson Mount (as Pike), Ethan Peck as Spock and with Rebecca Romijn as Una/Number One, will reprise the roles they played on the second season of Discovery and which proved immediately popular with the fanbase.
The animated Lower Decks series will return some time in summer 2022 with a 10-episode-long third season. (A fourth season has already been confirmed and will be running to another ten episodes)