Things are about to get a lot more animated once more in the world of Star Trek. Yes, the long-running science fiction franchise is taking a dip back into animation.
According to Deadline, CBS All Access has given a two-season order to a half-hour adult-oriented animated series called Star Trek: Lower Decks led by Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan. Unlike the main live-action shows, this one will focus on lower rank support crew members working on some of the ships that are considered “least important” in Starfleet. It is the first project on the docket for the newly launched CBS Eye Animation division of CBS Television Studios.
This series comes out of the deal reached previously with producer and Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Alex Kurtzman who is heading up the big expansion of content that CBS All Access is seeking as part of their refocus on Star Trek. Kurtzman’s CBS TV Studios-based Secret Hideout production company will handle the show 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. “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.”
This marks the third developing Star Trek series following the already airing (headed into the second season) Discovery and the in-development Captain Picard series starring Patrick Stewart returning to the franchise. It’s the first time the franchise has been animated officially since 1973’s Star Trek: The Animated Series.
“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.”
When the show will air is currently not known.