Paramount Bowing Animated ‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Season 4 on Digital Feb. 5, Blu-ray and DVD April 16

Paramount Home Entertainment Feb. 5 announced digital retail access to adult animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks — Season 4, with the series available on Blu-ray Disc and DVD April 16.

Currently sitting at a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes social media platform, the series, which debuted in 2020, is about the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the USS Cerritos, in the year 2380. The release includes all 10 episodes from the latest season, in addition to a featurette, and exclusive audio commentaries from cast and crew.

In season four, an unknown force is destroying starships and threatening galactic peace. Luckily, the crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos isn’t worried. Instead, Ensigns Mariner, Boimler, Tendi, Rutherford and Provisional Ensign T’Lyn are keeping up with their Starfleet duties, avoiding malevolent computers and getting stuck in a couple caves — all while encountering new and classic aliens along the way.

This two-disc collection includes all 10 episodes and features guest stars Jack McBrayer (“30 Rock”), Andy Richter (“Late Night with Conan O’Brien”), and Wil Wheaton (“Star Trek: The Next Generation”), among others.

Season four will also be available on DVD manufactured on demand.

Extras include five episode commentaries, and the featurettes “Lower Decktionary: Setting Up Season 4” and “Old Friends.”

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Paramount+ Returns to Comic-Con With Promotions for ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Transformers’; CBS Brings ‘Ghosts’

Paramount+ July 18 announced its plans for San Diego Comic-Con International 2023 will include a number of “Star Trek” promotions, plus an interactive experience in the Gaslamp District.

The “Star Trek” panel slated for 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. Saturday, July 22, in the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H will include reveals for upcoming episodes of “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” and “Star Trek: Lower Decks.” Fans in attendance will be treated to a screening of the “Strange New Worlds” crossover episode with “Lower Decks” in advance of its July 27 premiere on the streaming service.

In addition, the Paramount+ booth (#3529) on the convention floor will be inspired by the U.S.S. Enterprise of “Strange New Worlds” features two immersive photo opportunities, where fans can take command and select one of four worlds to explore. Within the booth, fans will also get an intimate look at official costumes and props from the series on display and have a chance to receive exclusive giveaways.

A panel for the streaming service’s “Transformers: Earthspark,” produced with Hasbro’s Entertainment One and Nickelodeon, will take place from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. Thursday, July 20, in Room 24ABC. Fans will see never-before-seen content from upcoming episodes, and have the chane to participate in a trivia contest.

CBS Studios will present a panel celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek: The Animated Series” from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, July 21, in Room 25ABC. John Van Citters, VP of “Star Trek” brand development, will preview the Animated Celebration with a look at IDW’s “Star Trek” comics, and talk gaming with Scopely’s Brian Lelas (lead narrative designer, Star Trek Fleet Command) and Rebekah Plants (community manager, Star Trek Fleet Command).

A panel for CBS’s “Ghosts” will take place from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, July 20, in Ballroom 20. The event will be hosted by TV host, journalist, “Talking Strange” podcast host Aaron Sagers and will treat fans to a ‘lively’ debate with fans on just who got ‘sucked off’ in this year’s cliffhanger, plus surprises specific to this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The presentation will also screen the season-two finale, a video featurette showcasing the past two seasons and an exclusive SDCC behind-the-scenes presentation from “CBS Sunday Morning,” which was on-set earlier this year.

Comic-Con attendees can participate in the “Ghosts” Destiny Decider at Booth #229, where they will be welcomed as guests of Sam and Jay’s Bed and Breakfast. As the front doors of Woodstone Mansion close behind each guest, they’ll warm themselves by the fire and relive special moments from the hit series. However, before exiting, each guest will have their fate decided. Will they get ‘sucked off’ into the eternal light above or ‘go down’ to where their past misfortunes catch up to them? After each transition to their ‘next life,’ attendees will receive images of their posthumous experience and receive a limited-edition Comic-Con T-shirt (while supplies last), branded as being ‘Ghosted’ at San Diego Comic-Con.

In addition, exclusive to Comic-Con attendees, posters will be given away at the “Ghosts” Destiny Decider booth, while supplies last.

Additional surprise “Ghosts”-branded activations will be found within and around Comic-Con. Fans can follow along on Instagram via @ghostscbs.

The fifth iteration of “The Lodge: A Paramount+ Experience” will debut during San Diego Comic-Con in the downtown Gaslamp District. This “slopeside” tour will take attendees on a journey through the unique world of Paramount+. Explore Bikini Bottom from “SpongeBob SquarePants,” step into the world of “Star Trek” for custom caricature art and a limited-edition “Star Trek” pin, sip on a cocktail at the 1923 speakeasy, fuel up at the “Transformers: Rise of the Beasts” energon station, and get fresh temporary ink from favorite Paramount franchises at the Ink Master airbrush tattoo station. Additional experiences include “Yellowjackets,” “Special Ops: Lioness,” Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, Good Burger 2 and a Paramount+ Pub. The experience takes place at Happy Does Bar, 340 Fifth Ave. and runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, noon to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 20, through Saturday, July 22, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 23. Admission is free, but is on a reservation system ( with a stand-by line. No SDCC badge is required.

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Fans of Paramount will have the opportunity to take part in a city-wide digital scavenger hunt via Either enter the website on your phone or scan a QR code at any of the activation sites. Once registered, guests can scan an item at all of the following locations after interacting with the space, and earn a passport stamp. Once a guest visits all seven locations they can head to the Paramount Passport Redemption area located at The Lodge, A Paramount+ Experience for a limited-edition prize.

Locations include:

  • The Lodge: A Paramount+ Experience (Happy Does Bar, 340 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101)
  • Transformers: Rise of the Beasts (58 11th Ave San Diego, CA 92101)
  • “Yellowjackets” Hard Rock Hotel (207 Fifth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101)
  • “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” (San Diego Convention Center, Booth #3529)
  • TMNT: Mutant Mayhem (San Diego Convention Center, Booth #4113)
  • “Digman!” (San Diego Convention Center, Booth #4029)
  • “Ghosts” (San Diego Convention Center, Booth #229)


Four Paramount+ Series Canceled, to Be Removed From Service

Paramount+ has canceled four series and plans to remove them from the streaming service due to financial considerations as the platform adds Showtime content.

The shows, as originally reported by several industry trade publications, are “Star Trek: Prodigy,” “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies,” “Queen of the Universe” and “The Game.” The series are expected to be removed from the platform the last week of June, with more series expected to be removed in the coming weeks. According to the reports, Paramount Global would receive a tax write-off of an as-yet-undisclosed amount.

“Prodigy,” an animated co-production between CBS Studios and Nickelodeon aimed at younger fans, premiered in October 2021 and presented 20 in its first season, which concluded in December 2022. Renewal for a second season was announced in November 2021, a decision the streaming service is now reversing. Post-production on the second season is nearly complete, so CBS Studios will shop the series to other outlets for a new home for the second season.

“Pink Ladies,” a song-laden prequel to the 1978 musical Grease, concluded a 10-episode first season June 1.

“The Game,” a comedy set in the world of professional football, originally ran for three seasons from 2007-09 as a spinoff of “Girlfriends,” then moved to BET for six seasons from 2011-15. The Paramount+ revival of the show lasted two seasons and 20 episodes from November 2021 to February 2023. Oddly, the original nine seasons of the show will reportedly remain on Paramount+ while CBS Studios shops the license to the revival.

“Queen of the Universe” is an unscripted drag singing competition series that lasted two seasons. The final four episodes of season two were released June 22, and the show will be removed from the platform June 30.

“In the unified Paramount+ with Showtime plan, the Showtime portfolio of edgy, critically acclaimed programming will complement the broad and popular Paramount+ library in a seamless offering that appeals to everyone, enables more discovery between the brands and builds overall viewership,” a Paramount+ spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter. “As we prepare to combine Paramount+ and Showtime later this month in the U.S., we are refining our content offering to deliver the best streaming experience for subscribers. This is consistent with our content strategy since launch and across our business, which ensures we make smart, efficient choices, informed by audience data and insights. We are removing select programming as we look to optimize Showtime’s robust slate of premium originals.”

Paramount+ joins Disney+ and Warner Bros. Discovery’s Max as streamers to remove underperforming content for financial reasons.


Michelle Yeoh to Star in ‘Star Trek: Section 31’ Movie for Paramount+

Paramount+ April 18 announced the production of a new “Star Trek” movie event for the streaming service to star Oscar winner Michelle Yeoh.

The movie, Star Trek: Section 31, will begin production later this year and features Yeoh reprising her character of Philippa Georgiou from the Paramount+ original series “Star Trek: Discovery.”

Yeoh introduced the character of Georgiou in the first season of “Discovery” as an evil alternate reality duplicate of a Starfleet captain who served as emperor of the Terran Empire in the Mirror Universe. Trapped in the Prime universe, she became an agent for Section 31, a covert intelligence agency of the United Federation of Planets.

Georgiou hasn’t been seen since the third season, when she along with the rest of the crew of Discovery traveled 1,000 years into the future to the 32nd Century to prevent Section 31 from obtaining a powerful AI that could have led to the elimination of all organic life in the galaxy. When complications from existing in both a different time and universe began to destabilize Georgiou’s molecular structure, she was sent to parts unknown by the Guardian of Forever to save her life. The Section 31 movie would presumably pick up from these events, as Georgiou continues to confront the sins of her past.

“I’m beyond thrilled to return to my ‘Star Trek’ family and to the role I’ve loved for so long,” Yeoh said in a statement. “Section 31 has been near and dear to my heart since I began the journey of playing Philippa all the way back when this new golden age of ‘Star Trek’ launched. To see her finally get her moment is a dream come true in a year that’s shown me the incredible power of never giving up on your dreams. We can’t wait to share what’s in store for you, and until then: live long and prosper (unless Emperor Georgiou decrees otherwise)!”

Yeoh recently won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in 2022 Best Picture winner Everything Everywhere All at Once, a film that similarly explored the concept of alternate realities.

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The Section 31 organization was originally introduced in 1998 in the “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” sixth-season episode “Inquisition.”

Alex Kurtzman, executive producer of the Paramount+ era of “Star Trek,” has been discussing the development of a “Section 31” spinoff series starring Yeoh since the second season of “Discovery” aired in 2019, but development delays and the pandemic prevented the project from coming to fruition until now, albeit in the form of a TV movie.

“All the way back in 2017, before the first season of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ had even aired, Michelle had the idea to do a spin-off for her character, Philippa Georgiou,” Kurtzman said in a statement. “She broke new ground as one of the first two women on screen in the pilot to usher in a new age of ‘Trek,’ and now, six years later, Star Trek: Section 31 finally arrives on the heels of her latest groundbreaking win. Everyone on Team ‘Trek’ couldn’t be more thrilled to have our legendary friend return home to us as we expand our storytelling into new and uncharted corners of the Trekverse.”

Written by Craig Sweeny and directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, Star Trek: Section 31 will be executive produced by Kurtzman, Yeoh, Sweeny, Osunsanmi, Aaron Baiers, Frank Siracusa, John Weber, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth, and will be produced by CBS Studios in association with Secret Hideout and Roddenberry Entertainment.

A projected airdate for the movie was not announced. “Star Trek: Discovery” will present its fifth and final season in 2024.

Paramount+ to Screen Final Two Episodes of ‘Star Trek: Picard’ in Select Imax Theaters

Paramount+ and CBS Studios will screen the final two episodes of “Star Trek: Picard” on April 19 in 10 participating Imax theaters across North America, one day before the finale is available to stream on Paramount+ in the United States on April 20.

The screenings will be free to attend and fans can sign up and register at on April 12 at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. There will be an exclusive final season poster giveaway and complimentary concessions for fans in attendance. The special Imax Live screenings will take place at theaters in Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Orlando, Washington D.C., Atlanta and Dallas.

Fans in attendance will also see a live Q&A immediately following the screening with series stars Patrick Stewart, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Brent Spiner and Jeri Ryan, and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Terry Matalas. The Q&A will be broadcast live from an in-person panel occurring at the Los Angeles screening, which also serves as the series’ official Emmy “For Your Consideration” event.

“Star Trek: Picard” features Patrick Stewart reprising his  role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven seasons on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and follows this character into the next chapter of his life. LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan and Michelle Hurd star alongside Stewart in the third and final season of the Paramount+ original series.

In the conclusion of the series, a desperate message from a long-lost friend draws Starfleet Admiral Jean-Luc Picard into the most daring mission of his life, forcing him to recruit allies spanning generations old and new. This final adventure sets him on a collision course with the legacy of his past and explosive, new revelations that will alter the fate of the Federation forever.

Seasons one and two of “Star Trek: Picard” are currently streaming on Paramount+ in the United States.

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The series streams exclusively on Paramount+ in the United States and is distributed concurrently by Paramount Global Content Distribution on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories. In Canada, it airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.

‘South Park,’ ‘Star Trek,’ Warner 100 Among New Home Video Releases April 4

The slate of home video releases for April 4 includes several Warner Bros. 100th anniversary Blu-ray sets, a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray collection of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” movies, the 25th season of “South Park” on disc, and digital releases for Marlowe and more classic Mickey Mouse animated shorts.

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment marks the 100th anniversary of the Warner Bros. studio April 4 with four themed boxed sets of 25 films apiece from the studio’s catalog: 100 Years of Warner Bros. Vol. 1 — Award Winners, 100 Years of Warner Bros. Vol. 2 — Comedies, Dramas & Musicals, 100 Years of Warner Bros. Vol. 3 — Fantasy, Action & Adventure and 100 Years of Warner Bros. Vol. 4 — Thrillers, Sci-Fi & Horror. Together, the four sets represent a 100-film collection from the Warner library.

In addition, Warner April 4 releases The Maltese Falcon and Cool Hand Luke on 4K Ultra HD disc and digital.

Academy Award winner Humphrey Bogart stars in the classic film noir The Maltese Falcon (1941) as tough San Francisco private detective Sam Spade. The famously convoluted story follows Spade’s involvement with a deadly band of international thieves who will lie, double cross and murder to obtain a small, jewel-encrusted statue known as The Maltese Falcon. Spade’s partner, Miles Archer (Jerome Cowan), accepts a job protecting a young woman (Mary Astor). Neither Spade nor Archer believe the woman or the story she tells them, but they do believe her money. Then, when Archer is murdered, Spade’s search for the killer drags him into the web of lies and death spun by the desperate people seeking The Maltese Falcon. The film is directed by John Huston in his directorial debut. The screenplay is by Huston and is based on the 1930 novel by Dashiell Hammett. In addition to Bogart, Cowan and Astor, the film stars Gladys George, Peter Lorre, Barton MacLane, Lee Patrick and Sydney Greenstreet. The Maltese Falcon was nominated for three Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Greenstreet) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Huston).

Academy Award winner Paul Newman stars with George Kennedy in Cool Hand Luke (1967), the story of a man who will not surrender to authority — even at the cost of his life. In the film, when Luke Jackson (Newman) is sentenced to a Southern prison for a minor infraction, his intelligence, calm under pressure and inability to accept defeat soon gain him the respect of his fellow inmates on the chain gang — and the nickname Cool Hand Luke. But they also earn Luke the enmity of the warden, who cannot allow any inmate to challenge his authority. When Luke’s mother dies, he decides to escape, and he will not allow anyone to stop him. The film is directed by Stuart Rosenberg.  The screenplay is by Donn Pearse and Frank R. Pierson and is based on the Pearce’s 1965 novel of the same name. In addition to Newman, Cool Hand Luke stars George Kennedy, J.D. Canon, Robert Drivas, Lou Antonio, Strother Martin and Jo Van Fleet. Cool Hand Luke was nominated for four Academy Awards, Best Actor (Newman), Best Supporting Actor (Kennedy), Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium (Pearce and Pierson) and Best Original Music Score (Lalo Schifrin), and won for Best Support Supporting Actor.

Rebel Without a Cause will be available to purchase digitally April 4 and on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc April 18 from Warner.

Paramount Home Entertainment April 4 releases the four films focused on the cast of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc for the first time. The collection includes 1994’s Star Trek: Generations, 1996’s Star Trek: First Contact, 1998’s Star Trek: Insurrection and 2002’s Star Trek: Nemesis. The films continue the 24th century adventures of the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise as seen on the 1987-94 series “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” starring Patrick Stewart as Capt. Picard, Brent Spiner as the android Data, Jonathan Frakes as first officer Riker, Michael Dorn as the Klingon security officer Worf, LeVar Burton as chief engineer Geordi LaForge, Marina Sirtis as Counselor Troi, and Gates McFadden as Dr. Crusher. Each film has been fully remastered and is presented on a 4K Ultra HD disc with Dolby Vision and HDR-10. The films are available as part of an eight-disc collection that includes them on both 4K disc and a remastered Blu-ray, as well as individually as combo packs. A digital copy code of each film will be included with both the collection and the individual combo packs. The discs will also include most of the legacy bonus material.

Paramount Home Entertainment releases South Park: The Complete Twenty-Fifth Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD April 4. The collection includes the six episodes of the animated series that aired on Comedy Central in 2022: “Pajama Day,” “The Big Fix,” “City People,” “Back to the Cold War,” “Help, My Teenager Hates Me!” and “Credigree Weed St. Patrick’s Day Special.”

The Liam Neeson crime thriller Marlowe because available in standard digital pricing April 4 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Neeson (Memory, Blacklight) portrays Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled private detective Phillip Marlowe in the Open Road Films release from Academy Award-winning director Neil Jordan (The Crying Game). The film also stars Academy Award winner Jessica Lange (Blue Sky, Tootsie, The Gambler), Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds, Unknown, The Infiltrator), Emmy Award nominee Alan Cumming (“The Good Wife,” Battle of the Sexes, X2: X-Men United), and Golden Globe  nominee Danny Huston (The Constant Gardener, The Aviator, 21 Grams).  Set in late 1930s Bay City, Marlowe centers on streetwise, down on his luck detective Philip Marlowe, who is hired to find the ex-lover of a glamorous heiress (Kruger), daughter of a well-known movie star (Lange). The disappearance unearths a web of lies, and soon Marlowe is involved in a dangerous, deadly investigation where everyone involved has something to hide. The film was previously available via PVOD. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 18.

The Oscar-nominated drama Living arrives for digital purchase April 4 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film, adapted by Nobel laureate Kazuo Ishiguro (The Remains of the Day) and based on the classic Akira Kurosawa film Ikiru, was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Actor (Bill Nighy) and Best Adapted Screenplay. In the film, Nighy (Love Actually) plays Williams, a 1950s London civil servant who struggles to maintain order under mountains of paperwork. Overwhelmed at work and lonely at home, his life takes a heartbreaking turn when a medical diagnosis tells him time is short. Influenced by a local decadent (Tom Burke) and the vibrant Margaret (Aimee Lou Wood), Williams continues to search for meaning until a simple revelation gives him the purpose to create a legacy for the next generation. It arrives on Blu-ray and DVD April 11.

Disney April 4 releases Mickey & Friends: 10 Classic Shorts Vol. 2 for digital purchase on April 4. The new collection includes such animated classics as “The Band Concert,” “Pluto’s Sweater” and “Mickey’s Trailer” with an all-new animated interstitials introduction featuring Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald, Goofy and Pluto, all gathered together to watch a slideshow on some of their hilarious past adventures. A Blu-ray and DVD release arrives June 27.

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Cinedigm, in partnership with Bloody Disgusting, will premiere the horror documentary Living With Chucky on its horror streaming service Screambox and on all major digital platforms on April 4 in the United States and Canada. The documentary about the iconic “Child’s Play” franchise takes an in-depth look at the franchise from the perspective of a filmmaker who grew up within it. The film features interviews with cast and crew such as Brad Dourif, Jennifer Tilly, Alex Vincent, creator Don Mancini and more.  Storming into pop culture in the late 1980s, the three-foot killer known as Chucky proved that Child’s Play was anything but. The horror film went on to spawn six sequels, a television series, a reboot, comic books, a video game and merchandise. Written and directed by Kyra Elise Gardner, daughter of legendary special effects artist Tony Gardner, Living With Chucky looks back at the franchise by those there from the beginning. The documentary details the history of the “Child’s Play” films by the cast and crew, in addition to Gardner’s own relationship with the series and the impact it had on her family. Gardner seeks out other families involved with the “Child’s Play” films as they recount their experiences working on the franchise and what it means to be a part of the “Chucky” family. It arrives on Blu-ray April 18.

Kino Lorber April 4 releases its 12th collection of vintage black-and-white film noir movies as Film Noir: The Dark Side of Cinema XII. The set includes Undertow (1949), Outside the Wall (1950) and Hold Back Tomorrow (1955). All three films are coming to disc from brand-new 2K masters.

Also from Kino Lorber April 4 is the 1987 film The Big Easy on Blu-ray Disc. Directed by Jim McBride, the neo-noir thriller stars Dennis Quaid, Ellen Barkin, Ned Beatty, John Goodman, and Grace Zabriskie. The Big Easy was a box office hit that combined New Orleans nightlife with steamy romance and sultry suspense. When a hood’s murder triggers a bloody gangland drug war, detective Remy McSwain (Quaid) is on the scene. The smooth-talking Remy meets his match in Anne Osborne (Barkin), a no-nonsense assistant district attorney in town to investigate police corruption. At first they are at odds, but then the sparks start flying.

The horror series Wings of Disaster: The Birdemic Trilogy and the third film in the franchise, Birdemic 3: Sea Eagle, fly to disc April 4 from Severin Films and MVD Entertainment Group.

Writer/director James Nguyen goes back to basics to complete his action-adventure eco-terror vision in Birdemic 3: Sea Eagle, due on Blu-ray and DVD. In the film, when global warming triggers climate chaos along the Northern California coast, two scientific researchers discover tender romance, sudden wealth, awkward dancing, appalling CGI, space elevators, automatic weapons and a plague of sea eagle attacks that could lead to the extinction of life on Earth. Ryan Lord and Julia Culbert star, along with the return of Alan Bagh and the musical stylings of Damien Carter. Special features include an intro by Nguyen; audio commentary with Nguyen; audio commentary with cast members Ryan Lord, Julia Culbert and Alan Bagh; audio commentary with Birdemic 2: The Resurrection background actor/four-time “Jeopardy” champion Andy Wood and his neighbor Tony; festival highlights; and the trailer.

Also due on Blu-ray is the complete trilogy. In 2010, writer/producer/director/software salesman Nguyen’s groundbreaking Birdemic: Shock and Terror soon became a global phenomenon. In 2013 Nguyen returned with his biggest budget to date for Birdemic 2: The Resurrection, never-before available on Blu-ray and exclusive to this collection. For the first time ever, Wings of Disaster: The Birdemic Trilogy gathers Nguyen’s complete avian epic on three discs with more than 13 hours of special features.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

Paramount+ Orders New Series ‘Star Trek: Starfleet Academy’

Paramount+ has announced a series order for the original series “Star Trek: Starfleet Academy.”

The series will follow the adventures of a new class of Starfleet cadets as they come of age. Produced by CBS Studios, it will begin production in 2024.

In the series, the young group of cadets come together to pursue a common dream of hope and optimism. Under the watchful and demanding eyes of their instructors, they discover what it takes to become Starfleet officers as they navigate blossoming friendships, explosive rivalries, first loves, and a new enemy that threatens both the Academy and the Federation itself.

“Admission is now open to Starfleet Academy! Explore the galaxy! Captain your destiny!” stated co-showrunners and executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau. “For the first time in over a century, our campus will be re-opened to admit individuals a minimum of 16 Earth years (or species equivalent) who dream of exceeding their physical, mental and spiritual limits, who value friendship, camaraderie, honor and devotion to a cause greater than themselves. The coursework will be rigorous, the instructors among the brightest lights in their respective fields, and those accepted will live and study side-by-side with the most diverse population of students ever admitted. Today we encourage all who share our dreams, goals and values to join a new generation of visionary cadets as they take their first steps toward creating a bright future for us all. Apply today! Ex Astris, Scientia!”

“We are excited to introduce ‘Star Trek’ fans to a whole new generation of Starfleet officers in training as they navigate the rigors of the Academy and the brink of adulthood in ‘Star Trek: Starfleet Academy,'” Domenic DiMeglio, chief marketing officer and head of data at Paramount Streaming, said in a statement. “Introducing new characters and compelling storylines, this all-new original series will serve as a fantastic addition to the franchise and Paramount+, bringing new generations of viewers and long-term ‘Star Trek’ fans alike together to enjoy the next chapter in the iconic ‘Star Trek’ universe.”

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“As we continue to explore more of the ‘Star Trek’ universe, we’re thrilled to bring ‘Star Trek: Starfleet Academy’ to fans around the world as the next chapter in this expanding franchise,” David Stapf, president of CBS Studios, said in a statement. “Alex Kurtzman and Noga Landau’s vision is a smart and thrilling take that celebrates the core principles of what ‘Star Trek’ has always stood for, but through the eyes of the next generation of Starfleet’s leaders.”

“Star Trek: Starfleet Academy” is the latest addition to the expanding “Star Trek” franchise on Paramount+, which includes series “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” “Star Trek: Picard,” and the animated “Star Trek: Lower Decks” and “Star Trek: Prodigy.”

Paramount+ Renews ‘Star Trek’ Series, Sets ‘Strange New Worlds’ Season 2 for June 15

The Paramount+ streaming service announced that new seasons of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” and “Star Trek: Lower Decks” will premiere globally this summer.

The second season of “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” will debut Thursday, June 15 on Paramount+ in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Latin America, Brazil, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The season will consist of 10 episodes, with new episodes debuting weekly on subsequent Thursdays. The series stars Anson Mount as Capt. Pike and focuses on the adventures of the U.S.S. Enterprise a decade before Capt. Kirk. The show has also been renewed for a 10-episode third season.

Season four of the animated comedy “Star Trek: Lower Decks” will premiere in late summer, and has been renewed for a 10-episode fifth season.

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Season two of “Strange New Worlds” will include the previously announced crossover episode with “Lower Decks” featuring both live action and animation, with “Lower Decks” stars Tawny Newsome and Jack Quaid joining the Enterprise. The episode was directed by “Star Trek: The Next Generation” star Jonathan Frakes.

In addition, the animated series “Star Trek: Prodigy,” a co-production with Nickelodeon aimed at younger viewers, will return for a second season this winter.

As previously reported, the fifth and final season of “Star Trek: Discovery” will premiere in early 2024. The finale of “Star Trek: Picard” will be available April 20.

‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Season 3 DVD Release Slated for April 25, With Blu-ray MOD

CBS and Paramount Home Entertainment April 25 will release Star Trek: Lower Decks — Season 3 on DVD. However, unlike the first two seasons that received a wide Blu-ray Disc release, the Blu-ray for the third season will apparently only be available as a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release from online retailers. The season will also be available for digital purchase.

The animated series takes a satirical look at “Star Trek” through the adventures of the crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos, a starship that specializes in “second contact” and cleaning up after the missions of more-famous ships. The voice cast includes Tawny Newsome, Jack Quaid, Noël Wells, Eugene Cordero, Dawn Lewis, Jerry O’Connell, Fred Tatasciore and Gillian Vigman. Streaming service Paramount+ has renewed the series for a fourth season.

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The 10 episodes of the third season wrap up the cliffhanger from season two and other lingering plot threads while also revisiting some locales from previous “Star Trek” series, including an episode set on board the space station from “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” with guest appearances by Nana Visitor as Kira and Armin Shimerman as Quark.

The U.S.S. Cerritos visiting Deep Space 9 on “Star Trek: Lower Decks”

Extras on the two-disc set include the featurettes “Docking at Deep Space 9” and “Lower Decktionary: Season 3,” plus five episode commentaries:

  • Episode 3-01: series creator Mike McMahan with Newsome and Jonathan Frakes (Riker on “Star Trek: The Next Generation”);
  • Episode 3-06: McMahon with Newsome, Quaid, Wells, Cordero, Visitor and Shimerman;
  • Episode 3-07: McMahan with animator Barry Kelly and guest actress Kether Donohue;
  • Episode 3-09: McMahan, Newsome, Wells, Quaid and O’Connell;
  • Episode 3-10: Quaid, Lewis and Tatasciore.

Doc Series ‘The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek’ Due on DVD April 25 From Mill Creek

Mill Creek Entertainment will release a documentary series on the Academy and Emmy Award-winning TV series “Star Trek” — “The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek” — on DVD April 25. 

Directed by Brian Volk-Weiss (“The Movies That Made Us,” “The Toys That Made Us,” “Behind the Attraction”), “The Center Seat: 55 Years of Star Trek” is an 11-episode series from the Nacelle Company taking viewers on an in-depth journey behind the scenes of one of the greatest landmark franchises of all time — “Star Trek.” 

Honoring the show’s 55th anniversary, the four-disc set features interviews with cast, crew and experts, exploring pivotal moments in the franchise’s history from its inception at Lucille Ball’s production company Desilu to the recent film and television spinoffs. 

Long-time cast member Gates McFadden narrates “Star Trek’s” deep history while actors of the franchise provide insight into their experiences on set, chronicling the rare and fascinating details of how the show began and its journey to becoming one of the most-loved and storied series of all time. 

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The collector’s edition includes more than three-and-a-half hours of never-before-seen-on-TV bonus interviews with “Star Trek” legends Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and Kirstie Alley talking about their characters and experiences in the franchise.