New 'Star Trek' Animated Comedy Series Greenlit With 'Rick And Morty' Writer At The Helm

Joe Evans

The first official Star Trek cartoon has been ordered by CBS All Access -- with Emmy-winning Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan at the helm, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The show, titled Star Trek: Lower Decks will be a comedy centered "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."

"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," McMahan added.

This series will take place in CBS's new extended Star Trek universe and will join Star Trek: Discovery as well as an upcoming project where Sir Patrick Stewart will take up his mantle as Jean-Luc Picard once again.

McMahan is a massive fan of Star Trek, so much so that he started a Twitter account in 2011 where he would post episode plots from a fake season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. His comedic Twitter account was so popular that he was hired to write a reader's guide of that fake season, called Star Trek: The Next Generation: Warped: An Engaging Guide to the Never-Aired 8th Season. He's also a writer on the Star Trek: Short Treks series of shorts on CBS.

McMahan also has a vast amount of experience working on animated projects, being the head writer on the smash-hit 'Rick and Morty' along with co-creating and executive producing Solar Opposites, a comedy series that's second season is airing on Hulu, with 'Rick and Morty' co-creator Justin Roiland.