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WIRE Buzz: Star Trek: Prodigy heads to Nickelodeon; Stranger Things' Joe Keery goes on Spree; more

By James Comtois
Star Trek Prodigy

The Star Trek franchise continues to live long and prosper. After CBS Television Studios and Nickelodeon announced back in April of 2019 that they were developing a new CG-animated series geared for teens, we’ve now got some new information, including the show’s title, logo, and when we can expect to see it.

Per Deadline, which first broke the news ahead of Star Trek's Comic-Con@Home panel, the new series is called Star Trek: Prodigy, and it will debut on Nickelodeon in 2021. Nickelodeon and CBS Television Studios unveiled the logo on Thursday.

Star Trek Prodigy

Star Trek: Prodigy follows a group of unruly teens who boldly go on adventures throughout the cosmos after finding an old, dilapidated Starfleet ship and commandeering it for their own purposes. Will these voyages lead these wayward teens on a path toward salvation and self-discovery? We'll just have to wait and see to find out.

Trollhunters writers Kevin and Dan Hageman are developing the series, which will be overseen by Nickelodeon’s executive vice president for animation production and development Ramsey Naito.

This series is part of a push to have the Star Trek franchise multiply like Tribbles. Following the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Discovery, the custodians of All Things Trek are also launching the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks as well as the upcoming Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and the development of a Section 31-based series with Discovery star Michelle Yeoh.

Meanwhile, 20th Century Fox Television is developing an animated comedy about the sons of Olympian Gods navigating teen life in Ancient Greece for Hulu.

Sources familiar with the matter confirmed to SYFY WIRE a story from Deadline that Tom Allen and JT Parr (Chad Goes Deep) have handed in a script for the currently untitled project to 20th Century Fox Television, which will produce the series on behalf of the streamer. John Chernin and Dave Chernin (The Mick) will develop the show alongside Allen and Parr.

According to the media outlet, the show follows two anachronistic surfer dudes living in Ancient Greece and trying to show “their Greek God dads that there is more than one way to be a legend.” So, think Bill and Ted, if they never returned to San Dimas and stayed in Ancient Greece with Socrates. And if they were animated. And the sons of gods.

Regardless, we’ll still exclaim “Excellent!” while riffing on our air guitars at this development news. (Hey, we here at SYFY WIRE are easily excitable.)

“If you’re not documenting yourself, you don’t exist.”

So says Kurt, the rideshare driver-turned-killer in the dark comedy/social media satire/horror Spree. As played by Stranger Things Joe Keery, Kurt is a sociopath who desperately wants fame, and thinks he can achieve this goal by pranking his riders and livestreaming the results. And by "pranking," we mean "murdering."

Well, hey. In Kurt’s words, he’s “creating a brand.” A far cry from Steve Harrington. Check out the red-band (read: NSFW) trailer below and vow never to drink the bottled water your rideshare driver offers you ever again.

How this guy gets anything above one star is beyond us.

Directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko and written by Gene McHugh and Kotlyarenko, the film made waves at Sundance this year and was picked up by RLJE for distribution.

Spree also stars Sasheer Zamata, Mischa Barton, John DeLuca, Josh Ovalle, Lala Kent, Frankie Grande with Kyle Mooney, and David Arquette.

Spree is set for an Aug. 14 release.

Click here for SYFY WIRE's full coverage of Comic-Con@Home 2020.