Published Oct 25, 2018If you ever thought Star Trek deserved its very own animated comedy, your wish has just been grated. Today it was announced that head Rick and Morty writer and executive producer Mike McMahan is making just that.
Titled Star Trek: Lower Decks, the half-hour animated adult comedy series has been picked up by CBS All Access, which has so far signed on for a two-season deal. The upcoming show promises to shine a light on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet's least important ships.
It will be the first project to be produced by CBS Eye Animation Productions, the newly launched animation arm of CBS Television Studios. The series also comes at the hands of Alex Kurtzman's CBS TV Studios-based Secret Hideout, which has been spearheading the Star Trek franchise expansion alongside Roddenberry Entertainment.
"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," Kurtzman said in a statement. "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."
Of course, McMahan is no stranger to the Star Trek universe; after all, he is the brains behind the hugely popular TNG Season 8 Twitter account, which even spawned a spinoff book in 2015.
"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 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."
As of yet, there is no firm premiere date for Star Trek: Lower Decks.