Nickelodeon Picks Up Animated Star Trek Series

by Erik Amaya

 

The other animated Star Trek series has found a home.

Deadline reports Nickelodeon has picked up the Star Trek animated series from franchise maestro Alex Kurtzman and Ninjago writers Kevin and Dan Hageman. Aimed at younger viewers, the series will revolve around a group of wayward teens who commandeer a derelict starship in search of “adventure, meaning and salvation.”

The project, one of two animated series in the works from CBS and Kurtzman, was announced some months ago with the understanding that it would not necessarily end up as part of CBS All Access’s plan to stream different Star Trek series year-round. It now seems the plan was always to expand Star Trek’s reach with the series.

“Dan and Kevin have crafted a story that honors its exploratory spirit in a way that’s never been done before, while the Nickelodeon team blew us away with their excitement at bringing Trek to a younger generation around the world,” said Kurtzman in a statement. As it happens, at least some kids discovered Star Trek via Nickelodeon running Star Trek: The Animated Series during various timeslots between 1985 and 1990. Thus, it seems fitting for the network to host a new animated series set in the Starfleet galaxy.

The other animated series, Star Trek: Lower Decks, from Rick & Morty’s Mike McMahan will be a comedy series targeted at older fans and, presumably, join the constellation of Star Trek programing at CBS All Access.

Both are currently unscheduled.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com and Rotten Tomatoes. A former staff writer at CBR and Bleeding Cool, and a contributing writer at Fanbase Press and Monkeys Fighting Robots. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.

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