Get ready for more Trek with the first-ever official Star Trek series ordered.
The Star Trek universe is expanding with the streaming service green-lighting the new animated series titled Star Trek: Lower Decks.
CBS All Access has put in a two-season order for a half-hour animated show – the service’s first original animated series helmed by Rick and Morty head writer Mike McMahan. According to the service, the comedy will focus “on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships.”
“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,’” said executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “His 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.”
He continued: “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.”
While plot details are being kept under wraps, fans already know that McMahan is well versed in writing for Trek. In 2011 he began a Twitter account where he posted fake plots for Star Trek: The Next Generation.