CBS All Access is adding another Star Trek series to their line-up. The CBS owned streaming service has handed out a two season straight-to-series order to Star Trek: Lower Decks, a half-hour animated comedy series which is being developed by Rick & Morty‘s Mike McMahan.
Star Trek: Lower Decks will focus on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships. It is set up at Secret Hideout, Roddenberry Entertainment and CBS Eye Animation Productions – the recently launched animation division of CBS Television Studios.
Secret Hideout’s Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin and Roddenberry Entertainment’s Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth and Katie Krentz will serve as executive producers alongside McMahan. Aaron Baiers, who brought McMahan to the project, will serve as a co-executive producer.
“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 executive producer Mike 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.”
Lower Decks is part of CBS’ ambition to further expand the Star Trek franchise under Alex Kurtzman’s leadership, for which he was awarded a rich five year overall deal earlier this year. It joins Star Trek: Discovery, short-form off-shoot Star Trek: Short Treks and the recently announced Picard series (which is being referred to internally as Star Trek Jean-Luc Picard). Further projects are being developed across the full spectrum of broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.
“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”, added executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “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.”