It looks as though CBS All Access is going to keep on Trekkin’. The network subscription service has beamed up a straight-to-series order for two seasons of Star Trek: Lower Deck, their first animated offering. While the half-hour comedy doesn’t yet have an episode count or premiere date, what is known is that the series will focus on the support crew of one of the Starfleet’s least important ships. Star Trek: Lower Deck is CBS All Access’ third Star Trek series, following Star Trek: Discovery and a previously announced Star Trek series that will see Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. CBS All Access will also be airing a series of shorts, titled Short Treks, which will bridge the first and second seasons of Star Trek: Discovery.
Star Trek: Lower Deck comes from Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty) and Alex Kurtzman, showrunner of Star Trek: Discovery as well as de facto captain of CBS’s rapidly-growing Star Trek universe. Executive producing alongside Kurtzman and McMahan are Heather Kadin from Secret Hideout, Rod Roddenberry of Roddenberry Entertainment, Trevor Roth, Katie Krentz, and Aaron Baiers, who is responsible for bringing McMahan aboard the project.
Of McMahan and his series pitch, Kurtzman said, “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.’ […] 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.”
Though this is only the third series to join the CBS All Access line-up – and the first animated Trek series since 1973’s Star Trek: The Animated Series – more series set in the universe are expected to join the universe in the future.
CBS All Access Gets Animated With New Star Trek Series
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