While the Coronavirus outbreak shut down all live-action production, animated projects continued. The nature of this work makes it easier for the storytellers to work on it remotely. So, it will be some time before we see more Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Discovery, or Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. The animated adult comedy Star Trek: Lower Decks, however, got a first trailer and a release date. This series takes place on a brand-new federation starship, in or around the Next Generation era. However, instead of following the bridge crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos, this show centers its focus on young Starfleet officer on, what else, the lower decks of the ship.
This provides the opportunity for Star Trek fans to get a (humorous) perspective on what classic Star Trek missions are like for the rank-and-file of Starfleet. Tawny Newsome, musician and podcaster, plays Ensign Mariner. Jack Quaid, of The Boys, plays Ensign Boimler. Eugene Cordero, what up, Pillboi, plays Ensign Rutherford. Noël Wells, from SNL and Master of None, plays Ensign Tendi. This crew will form friendships, get up to shenanigans, and dream of being on the A-squad, all while trying to survive with the rest of the redshirts.
Along with the first trailer for Star Trek: Lower Decks, CBS All Access also revealed the release date. The series will debut on August 6, 2020, likely releasing episodes weekly as is the custom for CBS All Access exclusive series.
The Star Trek: Lower Decks Official Synopsis:
STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS will focus on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships. The series will be produced by CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Television Studios’ new animation arm; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment. Secret Hideout’s Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin and Roddenberry Entertainment’s Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth and Katie Krentz will serve as executive producers alongside creator Mike McMahan (“Rick and Morty”). Aaron Baiers (Secret Hideout), who brought McMahan to the project, will serve as a co-executive producer. The series will air exclusively on CBS All Access in the United States and will be distributed concurrently internationally by CBS Studios International.
CBS All Access is CBS’ direct-to-consumer digital subscription video on-demand and live streaming service. CBS All Access gives subscribers the ability to watch more than 10,000 episodes on demand – spanning exclusive original series, CBS Television Network’s primetime, daytime and late night shows, plus classic TV hits – as well as the ability to stream local CBS stations live across the U.S. Original series include THE GOOD FIGHT, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, STRANGE ANGEL, TELL ME A STORY and NO ACTIVITY, as well as the upcoming INTERROGATION, WHY WOMEN KILL and THE STAND.
CBS All Access is also the exclusive domestic home to STAR TREK: DISCOVERY and the upcoming STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS and STAR TREK: PICARD featuring Sir Patrick Stewart. CBS All Access also includes the ability to stream CBS Interactive’s other live channels, CBSN for 24/7 news, CBS Sports HQ for sports news and analysis, and ET Live for entertainment coverage.
Star Trek: Lower Decks premieres August 6, 2020 on CBS All Access.
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