A Rick and Morty writer will take Star Trek where no Trek has gone before—comedy

According to Variety, CBS has officially ordered two seasons of a new animated series eventually coming to the CBS All-Access streaming service. The new project is being developed by Mike McMahan, a writer on and it will focus on the support crew working on one of the  Starfleet 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,’” co-creator Alex Kurtzman told Variety. “His 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.”

This won’t be McMahan’s first trip to where no man has gone before. He infamously started a Twitter account called @TNG_S8, where he came up with fake episodes for a never-aired lost season of The plots proved to be such a hit that McMahan eventually did an entire book on the topic, .

No timeframe or other notable details were attached to in the Variety report, but it’s the second new series CBS has announced this fall. Back in August, Sir Patrick Stewart told a crowd at the Las Vegas Convention that he’d be returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard in another new series for CBS All-Access. (We eventually learned it would take place after the events of .) This latest announcement comes at a time when competition for streaming subscribers seems to be ramping up at the same time as appetite for animation and space parody, perhaps lessening the shock normally associated with a straightaway two-season order.

Just a dozen-ish years ago, on May 13, 2005, aired its series finale and ended 18, almost unbroken, years of on the small screen. At the time, the Abrams-verse hadn’t come onto the pop culture radar either. So between all the new TV-focused projects, the rapidly approaching second season of and the increasingly real Quentin Tarantino film, it has suddenly become a surprisingly good time to self-identify as a Trekkie again.

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Nathan Mattise Nathan is an Austin-based Features Editor at Ars Technica. He edits and contributes posts on a variety of topics like lost short films that ran before , how NASA kept the Shuttle program going against Hurricane Katrina, and why Apple no longer loves indie bands. He also hosts and produces multimedia, like the Decrypted podcast season on or the new Tech on TV video series.
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