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Starfleet Academy Star Trek Series in Development at Paramount+

During an interview with The New York Times, filmmaker and producer Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Clarice) revealed that Paramount+ is developing a series centered on the Starfleet Academy.RELATED: Paramount+’s Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 2 Trailer ReleasedEmmy-nominated Kurtzman has produced five shows in the Star Trek universe for Paramount+, including Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, the adult animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks, the upcoming Paramount/Nickelodeon animated series Star Trek: Prodigy, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, debuting in 2022. The outlet confirmed that another project, Section 31 starring Michelle Yeoh in her reprised role as Captain Philippa Georgiou is also in the works along with a “show built around the Starfleet Academy, which will be aimed at a younger audience.”It has not yet been confirmed if the Starfleet Academy project will be a live-action or animated series.“I think we’re just getting started,” said Kurtzman about the ever-expanding Star Trek universe. “There’s just so much more to be had.”President of CBS Studios David Stapf added: “Anything goes, as long as it can fit into the Star Trek ethos of inspiration, optimism, and the general idea that humankind is good. So comedy, adult animation, kids’ animation — you name the genre, and there’s probably a Star Trek version of it.”RELATED: Star Trek: Prodigy Teaser For Nickelodeon & Paramount+’s Animated SeriesKurtzman, who revealed to the outlet that he “wants to get much weirder with the franchise,” said if it were up to him, he would be “pushing the boundaries much further than I think most people would want. I think we might get there. Marvel has actually proven that you can. But you have to build a certain foundation in order to get there and we’re still building our foundation.”
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    Tom Payne-Led Prodigal Son Canceled After Two Seasons at Fox

    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fox has officially decided not to give executive producer Greg Berlanti’s crime thriller drama Prodigal Son a third season renewal. The cancellation comes ahead of the Tom Payne and Michael Sheen-led series’ second season finale that is slated to air next week on May 18. It’s unclear if Warner Bros. Television is planning to shop the series elsewhere or not as it has been doing better in digital viewing than in broadcast.The outlet’s source noted that it was a difficult decision to make for the network as they were a fan of the show’s creative choices. However, Prodigal Son failed to gain more hype and viewers, despite the inclusion of a major guest star in the form of Catherine Zeta-Jones, making it the current lowest-rated drama on the network.Some of the cast including Payne, Bellamy Young, Keiko Agena, and Aurora Perrineau along with executive producer Sarah Schechter also went on to Twitter to share their statements regarding the cancellation, thanking fans for their support.What a trip. Playing Malcolm has been a joy and a privilege. The best cast on network TV and the most unique show around. We did it in style. Love to everyone who enjoyed it all along with us. And check out the last two eps! THEY ARE AMAZING.  #ProdigalSon— Tom Payne (@justanactor) May 11, 2021Just wanted to pop on & say THANK YOU, wonderful #Prodigies , for sharing this adventure with us. I am, as you can imagine, heartbroken that we can’t keep telling this story. We’re gonna go out in STYLE tho- these last 2 eps are . Love each of you. So much. #ProdigalSon— Bellamy Young (@BellamyYoung) May 11, 2021#ProdigalSon From “Lil Edrisa” and me to all the #Prodigies out there.— Keiko Agena (@KeikoAgena) May 11, 2021Love you Dani. Thanks for the ride! Thanks to the crew, the cast , the fans, @FOXTV and @warnerbrostv for everything. Forever grateful for this experience— Aurora Perrineau (@AuroraPerrineau) May 10, 2021 as I loved making Prodigal Son. I think the best cast on network television. An incredible NYC crew. A staff of brilliant writers led by the Creators/Showrunners Chris Fedak & Sam Sklaver who poured their hearts (and twisted minds) into making this delightfully disturbing show— Sarah Schechter (@SarahSoWitty) May 10, 2021RELATED: Fox Orders Comedy Series Pivoting, Renews Call Me Kat for Season 2Prodigal Son centers around Malcolm Bright , a criminal profiler with a rare talent for getting inside the minds of killers. He learned how they think because his father, Dr. Martin Whitly, was a notorious serial killer known as “The Surgeon.” Now he’s using his twisted genius to help the NYPD solve their most puzzling murders. Bright’s team, led by his longtime mentor, NYPD Lieutenant Gil Arroyo, includes Detectives Dani Powell, JT Tarmel, and medical examiner Dr. Edrisa Tanaka.Season 2 picks up with Bright’s personal life in disarray after the shocking actions of his sister, Ainsley, in the Season 1 finale. Now, he must “take care” of her and protect his mother, Jessica Whitly, from a secret that could tear the family apart all over again. Further complicating matters, Martin seeks to deepen his relationship with Bright, his “prodigal son,” but forging this bond leads to shocking twists and revelations.The series starred Tom Payne (The Walking Dead), Michael Sheen (Masters of Sex), Lou Diamond Phillips (Stand and Deliver), Bellamy Young (Scandal), Halston Sage (The Orville), Aurora Perrineau (When They See Us), Frank Harts (), The Leftoversand Keiko Agena (Gilmore Girls).RELATED: Flintstones Project Bedrock Starring Elizabeth Banks Headed to FoxProdigal Son is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and FOX Entertainment. Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver created the series, and are executive producers, showrunners, and writers on the show. Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter also serve as executive producers.

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