Friday, June 23, 2023

Paramount+ Cancels 'The Game,' 'Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies,' 'Queen of the Universe' and 'Star Trek: Prodigy'

Paramount+ has today decided to cancel four of its original series - The Game, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, Queen of the Universe and Star Trek: Prodigy. Moreover, the streamer is pulling all episodes of these shows at the end of the month.

Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies starred Marisa Davila, Cheyenne Isabel Wells, Ari Notartomaso, Tricia Fukuhara, Shanel Bailey, Madison Thompson, Johnathan Nieves, Jason Schmidt, Nicholas McDonough and Jackie Hoffman.

Annabel Oakes created the prequel to the Grease film franchise. She executive produced with Marty Bowen, Adam Fishbach, Erik Feig, Samie Kim Falvey and director Alethea Jones. Paramount Television Studios and Temple Hill Entertainment produced.

The 10-episode first season concluded on June 1, 2023.

The Game starred Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea Chanchez, Vaughn Hebron, Adriyan Rae, Analisa Velez and Toby Sandeman. 

Mara Brock Akil created the revival of The CW/BET comedy. She executive produced with showrunner Devon Greggory, Salim Akil, Kelsey Grammer, Tom Russo, Michael Platt, Jordan McMahon and James Bitonti. CBS Studios, Grammnet Productions, Akil Productions and Inphiniti Entertainment produced.

The revival produced 20 episodes across two seasons - which finished on February 9, 2023. Overall, the franchise aired 168 episodes over eleven seasons.

Star Trek Prodigy featured the voices of Brett Gray, Ella Purnell, Jason Mantzoukas, Angus Imrie, Rylee Alazraqui, Dee Bradley Baker, Jimmi Simpson, John Noble and Kate Mulgrew.

Kevin & Dan Hageman created the CG-animated series - the first Star Trek series targeted for younger audiences. They executive produced with Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, Katie Krentz and Aaron Baiers. CBS Eye Animation Productions, Nickelodeon Animation Studio, Secret Hideout, Roddenberry Entertainment and Brothers Hageman Productions produced.

The series produced a 20-episode first season, which was released in two batches - the first started airing on October 28, 2021 and the second began its weekly rollout on October 27, 2022. A second season was already ordered, with the episodes currently in post-production. The cancellation today by the streamer is the most curious as the Star Trek franchise is one of the most prominent of the service's original programming strategy.

Queen of the Universe featured Michelle Visage, Vanessa Williams, Trixie Mattel and Mel B as the judges for the second season of the drag queen singing competition, with Graham Norton as host.

RuPaul Charles and Marc Bassett executive produced. World of Wonder produced.

The second season began on June 2, 2023 with new episodes being released weekly. However, the final four episodes of the season were made available yesterday - which immediately hinted at the cancellation news.