The Star Trek universe is ready to boldly go where it has never gone before. CBS All Access has announced the premiere date for Star Trek: Lower Decks, a new animated comedy that was originally announced back in October 2018. The new series will premiere on Thursday, August 6. The show was developed by Emmy-winner Mike McMahan, known for his work on Rick and Morty and Solar Opposites. While a Star Trek animated show aired in the 70s, this looks to be taking the franchise in an entirely new direction.
To go along with the announcement. CBS has shared a new poster, image and brief teaser for the new Star Trek show. The image sees the crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos gathered together. The animated looks Rick and Morty-esque. The poster provides a look at the new Starfleet ship and boasts the tagline, "Rarely going where no one has gone before." The teaser largely just recounts the same information seen on the poster before bringing up the title card. Following the premiere, new episodes of the ten-episode first season will be available to stream weekly on Thursdays.
Star Trek: Lower Decks centers on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet's least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos. The show takes place in the year 2380 and focuses on Ensigns Mariner, Boimler, Rutherford and Tendi, who must keep up with their duties and their social lives, often while the ship is being rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry, Trevor Roth and Katie Krentz serve as executive producers. Mike McMahan is on board as showrunner, in addition to his duties as the show's creator.
The cast includes Tawny Newsome as Ensign Mariner, Jack Quaid as Ensign Boimler, Noel Wells as Ensign Tendi, Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford, Fred Tatasciore as Lieutenant Shaxs, Dawnn Lewis as Captain Freeman, Jerry O'Connell as Commander Ransom and Gillian Vigman as Dr. T'ana. This joins an increasingly robust lineup of Star Trek shows on the CBS streaming service. Star Trek: Discovery is gearing up for season 3, while Star Trek: Picard season 2 is also in the works. We also recently got confirmation of a new spin-off centered on Captain Pike.
Meanwhile, the future of the franchise on the big screen remains uncertain. Star Trek 4 is being developed by Noah Hawley after a couple of previous iterations were scrapped. There is also the R-rated Star Trek movie being developed by Quentin Tarantino. Aside from this show, an animated Star Trek series aimed at younger viewers is currently in the works at Nickelodeon as well. We should expect to see a Star Trek: Lower Decks trailer very soon, and we'll be sure to bring it your way as soon as it's available. In the meantime, be sure to check out the new images for yourself. This news comes to us via StarTrek.com.