New animated comedy Star Trek series confirmed; two seasons of 'Lower Decks' ordered by CBS

The next Star Trek TV series has been announced. Following the success of Star Trek: Discovery, which will debut its second season in January and the new Picard-centric series set after Star Trek: The Next Generation, will be the long rumoured animated series.

But unlike the 70's animated Star Trek, which was largely a continuation of the original series, this will be something quite different - a comedy series focusing “on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships.”

Lower Decks has been devised by Emmy-winner Mike McMahan, the creator and writer of adult animated series Rick and Morty. Furthermore, the half-hour comedy series has already been greenlit for two series by CBS All Access.

Executive producer Alex Kurtzman, who signed a deal earlier this year to develop multiple Star Trek TV projects for CBS, made the following statement on the latest development.

“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. [McMahan’s] cat’s name is Riker. His son’s name is Sagan. The man is committed. 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.”

McMahan added:
“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. 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.”

The title Lower Decks is no doubt a reference to the Star Trek: The Next Generation seventh season episode that focused on the more junior members of the Enterprise. McMahan also created a brilliant Twitter account posting fake Star Trek: The Next Generation plots (@TNG_S8) and scored a book deal to turn them into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season.

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Debuting in 1966, Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek survived cancellation and returned with a series of films featuring Jame T Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise. It spawned four massively successes TV spin-offs and movies and ruled cult TV in the 1990s. After Star Trek: The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise, it spawned a film prequel / reboot under the guise of JJ Abrams but returned to its TV roots in 2017 with Star Trek: Discovery...

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