A new Star Trek animated comedy series is on its way to CBS All Access, Variety reported on Thursday morning.
The animated comedy series, which was given an order for two seasons, will be called Star Trek: Lower Decks and will be developed by Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan. While “Lower Decks” is also the name of an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation — in which junior officers vie for a promotion, this series won’t be much like previous Star Trek shows. Rather than the traditional Star Trek format of following the captain and key crew members, this series will follow the forgotten members of the United Federation of Planets working on one of the least important ships in Starfleet.
According to Star Trek: Discovery creator Alex Kurtzman, whose Secret Hideout production company will also be producing Lower Decks, McMahan, who has written five Rick and Morty episodes including the season 3 opener, “The Rickshank Rickdemption” pitched the series by saying, “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.”
This will be the first animated show for CBS All Access, and will be produced largely by the company’s new animation studio, CBS Eye Animation Productions. The new animated Trek series, which will be the first in the series since Star Trek: The Animated Series back in 1973, looks to be a part of the four upcoming Star Trek series that Variety reported were in development for CBS All Access back in June. These shows include the upcoming return of Captain Jean-Luc Picard, who will be played once again by Sir Patrick Stewart.