The Star Trek franchise is expanding even more on CBS All Access.
The streaming service announced Thursday that it has just ordered two seasons of Star Trek: Lower Decks, a half-hour animated comedy aimed at adults from creator Mike McMahan (Rick and Morty and the ever-popular "TNG Season 8" Twitter acccount and book) and executive producer Alex Kurtzman, who's been overseeing the Trek franchise on TV since the launch of Star Trek: Discovery last year.
As the title suggests, the series will focus not on the bridge of some powerful Federation starship, but on the support crew of a very unimportant ship as they try to go about their daily lives.
“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,” Kurtzman said, according to Deadline. “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.”
In addition to his work on the TNG Season 8 Twitter account, which proves his Trek fandom, McMahan also has a lot of credibility in the animated comedy department. He's served as head writer on Rick and Morty, winning an Emmy in the process, and just recently landed an order for Solar Opposites, an animated sci-fi comedy at Hulu he co-created with Rick and Morty's Justin Roiland.
Lower Decks joins Discovery, the tie-in series Short Treks, and the upcoming Jean-Luc Picard series in the growing All Access line-up of Star Trek shows on the small screen. We still don't know when we might see the series, or how many episodes we'll get, but ordering two seasons right from the start shows CBS has confidence in what McMahan and company are trying to do here. It seems the time is finally right for Star Trek to go animated again.