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‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ Drops Teaser and Season 2 Release Date

Mike McMahan’s hit half-hour comedy about the crew of one of Starfleet’s least important ships also gets third season renewal by Paramount+.

Paramount+ has picked up its hit half-hour animated comedy series, Star Trek: Lower Decks, for a 10-episode third season. The streamer announced the renewal as well as the show’s second season debut; the series, created by Mike McMahan, will launch its sophomore run on Thursday, August 12. The premiere date was revealed in an all-new Season 2 teaser trailer, introduced by McMahan following the “Second Contact” panel during yesterday’s virtual global First Contact Day celebration.

Check out some of the “sci-fi stuff” the support crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos – one of Starfleet’s least important ships – gets tangled up with in the Season 2 teaser:

Developed, showrun, and executive produced by Emmy Award winner McMahan (Rick and Morty, Solar Opposites), the show, set in 2380, focuses on the support crew - Ensigns Mariner, Boimler, Rutherford and Tendi in particular – 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.

The “Lower Decks” voice cast includes Tawny Newsome (Ensign Beckett Mariner), Jack Quaid (Ensign Brad Boimler), Noël Wells (Ensign Tendi), and Eugene Cordero (Ensign Rutherford). The “Bridge Crew” voice cast includes Dawnn Lewis (Captain Carol Freeman), Jerry O’Connell (Commander Jack Ransom), and Gillian Vigman (Doctor T’Ana).

The series is produced by CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Studios’ new animation arm; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment. Secret Hideout’s Alex Kurtzman and Heather Kadin, Roddenberry Entertainment’s Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth, and Katie Krentz (219 Productions) serve as executive producers alongside McMahan. Aaron Baiers (Secret Hideout), who brought McMahan to the project, serves as a co-executive producer. Titmouse (Big Mouth), the Emmy Award-winning independent animation production company, serves as the animation studio for the series.

Star Trek: Lower Decks streams exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. and is distributed concurrently by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group on Amazon Prime Video in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Japan, India and more; in Canada, it airs on Bell Media’s CTV Sci-Fi Channel and streams on Crave.

Source: Paramount+

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