CBS All Access orders two seasons of "Star Trek: Lower Decks", a half-hour animated comedy series focused on the support crew
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- 'Star Trek' Animated Comedy Series Lands Two Season Order at CBS All Access
- Joe Otterson
- Oct 25 2018
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Because Star Trek animated series have worked so well in the past and a comedy series is just what the fans wanted? WTF are you doing, CBS? At least Mike McMahan is a great comedy writer though, IMO. He wrote/co-wrote three of the best R&M episodes:
So maybe he can pull off a Star Trek animated comedy series without it being total shit.
I'm not sure that we can judge fans' reactions to an animated series by TAS. That was a very strange beast: an adult sci-fi show revamped to fit into a children's television format. However, despite that, it still won an Emmy (the only Emmy 'Star Trek' has ever won, if my memory serves me correctly).
I've also seen quite a few people in Trek-related subreddits on Reddit say they'd love to see an animated series. Remember that we've had shows like 'South Park' and 'The Simpsons' on our screens for decades, alongside 'Bob's Burgers', 'American Dad', and 'Family Guy. And, in the science fiction genre, we've seen 'Clone Wars', 'Futurama', and 'Rick and Morty'. The world of television animation is very different to 1973.
There is that. That said, 'Star Trek' has always included a thread of humour. It's never been 100% serious. One of the most popular Trek movies is a "fish out of water" comedy! Maybe it's possible to tease that comedy out of its dramatic context and make it stand on its own.
CBS hates Star Trek in ideology and following - they have slowly been trying to neuter its social message and turn it into a mindless space wars saga for years. They will port all of their BBT writers directly over to this and never miss a beat.
Trek cred established!
He's that person? Nice!
Mind you, I'm not really a fan of modern comedy styles in animated series. People have shown me 'Archer' and 'Bojack Horseman', and I tried watching 'Rick and Morty' and 'Disenchanted', and they all left me flat. I hope this writing team has a different comedy style than those shows.
I guess CBS kind of noticed that The Orville was a thing, and wanted in on that demographic. For me personally, as much as I think CBS really wants to make All Access their "Guess who owns the Star Trek license" project, I'm a fan of Red Dwarf, and I'm a fan of the Improvised Star Trek podcast, and I definitely think there are places you can go with a Scrubs in Space like setup.