CBS is going all-in on new Star Trek properties, and the latest one to be announced is definitely an unexpected turn for the franchise.
Star Trek: Lower Decks will be a half-hour animated comedy with more of adult flair to it. The series is from Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty) and has already received a two-season order to appear on CBS All Access.
“Mike won our hearts with his first sentence: ‘I want to do a show about the people who put the yellow cartridge in the food replicator so a banana can come out the other end.’ His cat’s name is Riker. His son’s name is Sagan. The man is committed,” said executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “He’s brilliantly funny and knows every inch of every ‘Trek’ episode, and that’s his secret sauce: he writes with the pure, joyful heart of a true fan. As we broaden the world of ‘Trek’ to fans of all ages, we’re so excited to include Mike’s extraordinary voice.”
“As a life-long Trekkie, it’s a surreal and wonderful dream come true to be a part of this new era of ‘Star Trek,’” said executive producer Mike McMahan. “While Star Trek: Lower Decks is a half-hour, animated show at its core, it’s undeniably ‘Trek’ – and I promise not to add an episode at the very end that reveals the whole thing took place in a training program.”
What we don’t know yet is which time period this will be set in, but it doesn’t sound like that will matter quite as much as it has with other Star Trek series.
This is the third Star Trek project for CBS All Access. Star Trek Discovery is already on the service, and a new series focusing on Patrick Stewart’s Capt. Picard is in the works.
No premiere date has been announced as of yet for Star Trek: Lower Decks