CBS has announced Star Trek: Lower Decks, an all-new animated comedy based on the iconic sci-fi franchise headed to the CBS All Access streaming service. The series will focus on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships and will be produced by CBS Eye Animation Productions, CBS Television Studios’ new animation arm; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment.
The show is being developed by Mike McMahan, who served as head writer and executive producer on Rick and Morty and co-created Hulu’s animated alien family show Solar Opposites. “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.”
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.
“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,” said 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.”
Star Trek: Lower Decks is the first project from CBS Eye Animation Productions and 219 Productions, run by Katie Krentz who signed an overall deal with CBS Television Studios in early 2018 following five years at Cartoon Network. This is CBS Television Studios’ second animated series, following Our Cartoon President for Showtime.
While the series is the first animated production greenlit for CBS All Access, the property previously inspired the 1973/1974 Star Trek: The Animated Series (pictured above), which continued the adventures of the original show’s crew.