'Star Trek: Lower Decks' Receives Two-Season Series Order at CBS All Access

Nov. 2, 2015 – CBS Television Studios announced today it will launch a totally new “Star Trek” television series in January 2017. The brand-new “Star Trek” will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966. The new series will blast off with a special preview broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The premiere episode and all subsequent first-run episodes will then be available exclusively in the United States on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service. Pictured: William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk (Gold shirt) and Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock (Blue Shirt) in STAR TREK (The Original Series) Screen grab: ©1966 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Screen grab: ©1966 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved.

CBS All Access is bulking up its Star Trek lineup with another new original — this time a half-hour animated comedy.

The streaming service has given a two-season series order to Star Trek: Lower Decks, from Rick and Morty's former head writer and executive producer Michael McMahan. As a big Star Trek enthusiast, McMahan seems a perfect fit for the CBS All Access first as they've yet to stream an original animated series.

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Emmy winner McMahan is set to executive produce the series alongside Secret Hideout's Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Roddenberry Entertainment's Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth, and Katie Krentz. Meanwhile Aaron Baiers will serve as co-executive producer on the project.

"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 in a statement.

"Runaway" -- SF001 -- Pictured: Mary Wiseman as Tilly of the CBS All Access series SHORT TREKS. Photo Cr: Michael Gibson/CBS © 2018 CBS Interactive. All Rights Reserved.

Star Trek: Short Treks

"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," Kurtzman continued. "As we broaden the world of Trek to fans of all ages, we’re so excited to include Mike’s extraordinary voice."

And considering the excitement from his colleagues, McMahan shared his own enthusiasm in another statement. "It’s a surreal and wonderful dream come true to be a part of this new era of Star Trek," he said. "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."

Star Trek: Lower Decks certainly expands the franchise's repertoire with this animated approach, and it joins previously announced and currently airing Star Trek shows Star Trek: DiscoveryStar Trek: Short Treks, and an untitled series featuring Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard.

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"We couldn’t have imagined a better creative team to work with on CBS All Access’ first original animated series than Mike McMahan, Secret Hideout, and Roddenberry Entertainment," said Julie McNamara, Executive Vice President, Original Content, CBS All Access. "Star Trek: Lower Decks is a fantastic complement to our growing lineup of original series and our ongoing expansion of the Star Trek universe on CBS All Access."

Star Trek: Lower Decks is the first project from CBS Eye Animation Productions and marks the second animated series from CBS Television Studios with Showtime's Our Cartoon President.