It’s a rough week to be a fan of shows that aired on the streamer Paramount+. Paramount has announced the cancellation of four of their series: Queen of the Universe, The Game, Star Trek: Prodigy, and Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies.
While the cancellation of any of these shows would be upsetting to their fans, what makes this particular announcement even more upsetting is that it was also announced that all four shows would be removed from Paramount+ later this year.
The latest in removal announcements
This seems to be following the new trend of content being removed from streaming platforms. Earlier this year, Max was the center of several high-profile stories, where dozens of titles were removed surrounding the merger between Warner Bros. and Discovery, including 20 original HBO Max shows.
Disney+ and Hulu have also announced the removal of several of the exclusive series and movies recently, with dozens of titles being removed from both services this past May. In both cases, the removal of titles seems to have been a move to allow the companies to consider the projects tax write-offs.
While this hasn’t been confirmed to be the case with Paramount+, it would seem like the service has a similar line of thinking with their shows. The news may be particularly upsetting to Star Trek fans, as this marks the first cancellation of a Star Trek show since the franchise came back to TV with Star Trek: Discovery in 2017.
(Star Trek: Picard has also ended, but it did so after having completed its story across three seasons.) On top of that, Star Trek: Prodigy had previously been renewed for a second season, meaning that the show was cancelled while there is still an entire second season that has yet to be seen by fans.
What is getting removed?
Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies premiered earlier this year and had a 10-episode single season. The Game was a reboot of The CW/BET series of the same name and had two seasons consisting of 10 episodes each.
Queen of the Universe was a reality drag queen singing competition produced by World of Wonder. This 14-episode competition show is from the same company behind Ru Paul’s Drag Race.
In total 64 episodes of television are set to be removed from Paramount+ as a result of this announcement. For all four shows, there exists a slight possibility for them to find a second life somewhere else, as the production companies are able to shop the shows to other networks or streamers.
But as of right now, there is no indication for any of the shows being picked up for additional episodes, or even if existing episodes will be available to be seen anywhere else after they are removed from Paramount+.
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