Following on from “Star Trek: Discovery” and the in the works Jean-Luc Picard series, CBS All Access has handed out a two-season order for “Star Trek: Lower Decks,” a half-hour adult animated comedy series from “Rick and Morty” head writer and executive producer Mike McMahan.
The series will focus on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships with McMahan’s pitched reportedly beginning with the 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.”
The series will mark CBS All Access’ first original animated series and the first project of recently launched CBS Eye Animation Productions. McMahan is a long-time “Star Trek” fan and will executive produce alongside Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth.
In 2011, McMahan started a Twitter account and posted episode plots for a fake eighth season of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” – they proved such a hit Simon & Schuster hired him to write a readers’ guide to a fictitious eighth season. He’s also a writer on the recently launched “Star Trek: Short Treks” series of live-action shorts.