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    Star Trek animated comedy series ordered from Rick and Morty writer

    The first-ever official Star Trek comedy series has been ordered.

    CBS All Access has greenlit an animated series from Emmy-winner Mike McMahan, a writer on Adult Swim’s sensation Rick and Morty. The half-hour series is titled Star Trek: Lower Decks and will tackle the Federation from a comedic perspective, focusing “on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships.”

    “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,'” said executive producer Alex Kurtzman. “[McMahan’s] cat’s name is Riker. His son’s name is Sagan. The man is committed. 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.”

    Added McMahan: “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. 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.”

    Fans will recognize the Lower Decks title as referencing the name of one of the best episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation. In 2011, McMahan started a Twitter account posting fake TNG plots, then scored a book deal to turn his tweets into Star Trek: The Next Generation: Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season.

    The new project will bring to mind Fox’s The Orville, a dramedy from Family Guy‘s Seth MacFarlane which is clearly inspired by Trek.

    And previously, there was a much-loved Star Trek: The Animated Series which expanded on The Original Series episodes and ran from 1973-74 (but was not a comedy).

    The new show is the latest Trek project by the CBS All Access streaming service, which also has Star Trek: Discovery, which returns for its second season in January, and a new show with Patrick Stewart reprising his TNG character Jean-Luc Picard in the works.
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    Ok at first I thought this was a bit of a mistake, but then I thought about it and it's not like this would be canon and honestly I get a huge kick out of the Family Guy and American Dad skits they do on trek. Same with the Futurama Star Trek episode, so this might be a lot of fun. I would say it'd be better to do maybe an original IP but then I guess people would just accuse CBS of copying Orville.
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    I want this to be in the 24th century
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    I hope this turns out well...it has a lot of potential!

    Also, it seems this has already been given a two season order, so that's a promising start.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DigiFluid View Post
    I hope this turns out well...it has a lot of potential!

    Also, it seems this has already been given a two season order, so that's a promising start.
    Well, that's only fair, it seems to take any Trek show a year to find its way.
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    I don't know if you talked about it here, but the CBS All Access has protected these titles in August :

    Star Trek: Revolution
    Star Trek: Starfleet Academy
    Star Trek: Destiny
    Star Trek: Reliant
    Star Trek: Ceti Alpha V

    So maybe any of these will be developed into a tv show in the near future after the Discovery and the Lower decks and untitled Picard one.
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    Im a little concerned they are going to oversaturate the market
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    One of them must be the Picard one.

    I don't mind as long as they can provide such quality like Discovery. Probably they would like to cover more weeks, so they want to make worth of CBS All-Access. Or the Netflix deal could also move things forward so nicely. Khmmm... MGM should learn these steps. Imagine if there would 1-2-3 new SG spin-offs in development. All the fandom would make happy dance here. Wait a second, I have just waken up back to the sad reality.

    But anyway... We will get Lost in space season 2, new Witcher series, new Diablo animated series, new Star Trek : Discovery season 2, American gods season 2 and Altered Carbon season 2 are being shot or in development, then the last season of Game of Thrones (then the GoT : The Long Night spinoff), the new Star Wars live action series (The Mandalorian) and later the new Lord of the Rings series (where Amazon wants to invest a horrible amount of money for five seasons). So scifi and fantasy fans will be really pleased in 2019-2020.
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    Alex Kurtzman expects Lower Decks to premiere either 2021 or 2022.
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    Sounds like animation hasn't started yet, but the (still unannounced) cast had their first table read yesterday.

    https://trekmovie.com/2019/05/07/sta...ant-milestone/
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    Very briefest of updates from Alex Kurtzman:
    It’s a total love letter to Star Trek; there’s no mockery.
    https://trekmovie.com/2019/05/09/ale...-future-on-tv/
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    Lower Decks from Mike McMahan was announced in October 2018, and recently hit the milestone of having the first table read for a completed script. Kurtzman described the audience for the show and the general premise:

    "Both of these [upcoming animated] shows are a love letter to Star Trek. They’re targeted at very different groups. Mike’s show is really for kids, I would say, from 11 to 70. [Laughs]

    What I love so much about the way Mike is doing is planning things. What would typically be the “A” story on any Star Trek episode is happening in the background — like huge, crazy, crazy **** is going on in the background and that’s super peripheral to the story that you’re actually focusing on. No show has ever really done that before."
    https://trekmovie.com/2019/06/18/ale...-tv-franchise/
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    Remember what happened last time we got a love letter?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelgate View Post
    Remember what happened last time we got a love letter?
    That's exactly what I think of whenever anyone uses the phrase
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    Star Trek novelist David Mack has been hired as a “consultant for the show, as well as something else Trek that is presently “classified”...

    https://trekmovie.com/2019/07/09/sta...ng-classified/
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    From today's SDCC panel:


    Title card revealed
    https://twitter.com/StarTrek/status/...592248320?s=20

    "Lower Decks is a half hour show that focuses on 4 ensigns that serve on a not important ship in Starfleet." @MikeMcMahanTM on #StarTrekLowerDecks
    https://twitter.com/startrekcbs/stat...963660288?s=20

    "It takes place right after Nemesis. Voyager is back." @MikeMcMahanTM on when in the Star Trek timeline the show takes place.
    https://twitter.com/startrekcbs/stat...507279360?s=20

    #StarTrekLowerDecks will focus on four ensigns in the lower decks. Focusing on people on the ship who are funny. #StarTrekSDCC #StarTrek #SDCC
    https://twitter.com/StarTrek/status/...200344576?s=20

    [email protected] says that #StarTrekLowerDecks is like the "Downton Abbey" of Star Trek.
    https://twitter.com/TheTrekCentral/s...482474498?s=20

    Character reveal, showing the show's animation style

    Group shot of four characters, further showing the show's animation style

    @RealTomHankz will be playing Tendi, a huge Starfleet fan who is excited to be on a ship. @eugcordero will play ensign Rutherford, the engineer. He's amazing at engineering stuff, but doesn't usually solve the problem by the end of the episode.
    https://twitter.com/startrekcbs/stat...859023361?s=20

    @MikeMcMahanTM was inspired by the smaller stories on Star Trek that are more focused on personal interactions between the crew members.
    https://twitter.com/startrekcbs/stat...104337920?s=20

    "I want to do a show about people that bring the yellow cartridge to the replicator so a banana comes out." - @Alex_Kurtzman recalls @MikeMcMahanTM's pitch for #StarTrekLowerDecks
    https://twitter.com/startrekcbs/stat...848416258?s=20

    Kurtzman on expanding into animation "we feel Star trek can do more". And should be brought to more people including kids
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...860962816?s=20

    Mike says Lower Decks is for anyone who loves Star Trek. But it is funny enough and good enough that it can be your first Star Trek
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...171127808?s=20

    The bridge crew on #StarTrekLowerDecks will be played by @MrJerryOC, @dawnn_lewis, Fred Tatasciore, and Gillian Vigman.
    https://twitter.com/startrekcbs/stat...783494658?s=20

    Shot of the bridge crew characters

    O Connor's captain is like "a California Riker ". Mike
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...023860736?s=20

    @MikeMcMahanTM says the ship will be a new class call the California class that operates a support ship. The #StarTrekLowerDecks ship will be called the U.S.S. Cerritos. #StarTrekSDCC
    https://twitter.com/startrekcbs/stat...326490112?s=20

    Ship is called USS Cerritos. California Class. "Holodeck breaks down all the time" - Mike. Didn't show ship.
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...187917825?s=20



    Post-panel better look at the show's logo
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    From today's panel at Star Trek Las Vegas Con:


    #STLV #LowerDecks panel now starting with @MikeMcMahanTM
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...999469568?s=20

    McMahan is a #startrek fan. He even has a cat named Riker. #stlv #lowerdecks
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...629146624?s=20

    McMahon is responsible for the @TNG_S8 twitter account. Jordan Hoffman is reading funny tweets from that account.
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...875496448?s=20

    “What I really wanted to do was write a Star Trek script - a comedic one,” He started the Twitter account when his agent rejected his idea of writing a #StarTrek spec script. #stlv #LowerDecks
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...050371073?s=20

    #stlv #LowerDecks writers join the panel.
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...398957056?s=20
    [DIGI: With pic]

    They are nerding out about being in a place with 6000 #StarTrek fans. Outside of the con, no one gets their references. “Hey doesn’t our waiter look like The Traveler?” Falls on deaf ears. #stlv #LowerDecks
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...309444608?s=20

    Lower Decks is my favorite episode of Star Trek. - McMahan #stlv #LowerDecks
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...835149312?s=20

    My mind has been blown by this experience and my writing style has even changed. -Ann Kim #stlv #LowerDecks
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...039925760?s=20

    Ann read Michael Piller’s “Fade In” about the making of #StarTrek Insurrection in one night and came in to work an instant Insurrection expert. #stlv #LowerDecks
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...180529153?s=20

    The show has new class of ships: The California Class and focus is on the USS Cerritos, whose expertise is Second Contact. #stlv #LowerDecks.
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...892308481?s=20

    "#StarTrekLowerDecks takes place on the U.S.S. Cerritos... the speciality of the Cerritos is second contact... Second contact, you're showing up to the planet, you're finding all the good places to eat... You're like the Yelp of Starfleet." - @MikeMcMahanTM #STLV
    https://twitter.com/startrekcbs/stat...92870382845952

    New characters include @TrondyNewman as Ensign Mariner
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...828056577?s=20
    [DIGI: With pic]

    Mariner is a classic #StarTrek hero who thinks outside the box. Think a little Kirk, a little Riker. But she has been demoted so many times that she is on Lower Decks. She’s bad at taking orders, compared to Ensign Ro. #stlv #LowerDecks
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...624282624?s=20

    Ensign Boimler is played by @JackQuaid92 #stlv #LowerDecks.
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...131181568?s=20
    [DIGI: With pic]

    Boimler is a maverick type spirit. #stlv #LowerDecks.
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...128770561?s=20

    Ensign Tendi is voiced by Noel Wells. She is super optimistic and brings joy to any scene. “If the optimism of Starfleet was a person she would be it.” #stlv #LowerDecks.
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...718398464?s=20
    [DIGI: With pic]

    Ensign Rutherford, the engineer who just recently became a cyborg and isn’t used to his implant, is voiced by @eugcordero #stlv #LowerDecks.
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...453577218?s=20
    [DIGI: With pic]

    The actors are so great. We usually take two takes then let them do whatever they want for a third, and often that is the one we use... McMahan #stlv #LowerDecks.
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...813460480?s=20

    We are tightening the bootlace so to speak, making TAS more canon than it was before. We have a Cation, Dr. T’ana does not purr and is not friendly. Voiced by Gillian Vigman. #stlv #LowerDecks.
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...148506112?s=20
    [DIGI: With pic]

    Commander Ransom is “California Riker”. Voiced by @MrJerryOC #stlv #LowerDecks.
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...923532800?s=20

    McMahan: We’re all reading the 50th History and getting a sense of where every series has come from. Each came from a place of passion and this comedic take is his passion. #stlv #LowerDecks.
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...897558016?s=20

    The show takes place in 2380 and is in Star Trek canon. The TNG crew is out there in this time period. Our characters are aware of them and are fans of them. #stlv #LowerDecks.
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...612574720?s=20

    You can watch an episode of TNG and then an episode of Lower Decks and not feel like it’s two different entities. - McMahan #stlv #LowerDecks.
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...793338880?s=20

    Regarding the post-Nemesis uniform design McMahan says he wanted something that looked TNG but different enough that it is recognized as #LowerDecks #stlv
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...228177920?s=20

    Fan asks Is that uniform canon? “Look, listen. All I’ll say is if you’re on a California class ship in 2380 you better be wearing that uniform.” - McMahan #stlv #LowerDecks
    https://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status...530314240?s=20

    #lowerdecks will premiere next year, no definitive date is announced. #stlv and that concludes the panelhttps://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status/1158095355575037958?s=20
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    Quote Originally Posted by DigiFluid View Post

    #lowerdecks will premiere next year, no definitive date is announced. #stlv and that concludes the panelhttps://twitter.com/TrekMovie/status/1158095355575037958?s=20
    Now confirmed by the Star Trek CBS Twitter account - Lower Decks will premiere in 2020!
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