A few weeks ago, “Star Trek” producer Alex Kurtzman told fans they would be hearing more about TV spin-offs in the near future. Keeping to his word, Kurtzman has now confirmed that Mike McMahan, the Emmy Award-winning writer of the “Rick and Morty” series, is currently working on an animated comedy series, “Star Trek: Lower Deck [VIDEO].”

CBS All Access has announced that the animated comedy will be about the lowly support crew working on one of Starfleet's “least-important ships.” So far, it is unknown which channel will offer the new series in the U.K.

‘Rick and Morty’ writer goes ‘Star Trek’

As reported by Digital Spy, McMahan had at one stage started a Twitter account where he posted crazy and completely fake synopses for the "Next Generation.” He was eventually hired to put those original Trekkie stories into a real book.

His comedic genius was at work in many of the most popular episodes of “Rick and Morty” including an April Fool’s episode (and humorous nod to horror author Stephen King) titled “The Rickshank Rickdemption.”

The report quotes McMahan as saying he is a “life-long Trekkie,” adding that it is a “surreal and wonderful dream” to be involved in the latest era of the Trekkie universe. He said that despite the fact that “Star Trek: Lower Deck” is only a half-hour show, it is “undeniably Trek” at its core. He also promised not to end with an episode that shows the whole story was part of a training programme.

Committed Trekkie

Speaking of McMahan, Kurtzman said the writer won their hearts in his first sentence, where he said he wanted to do a show about workers who put yellow cartridges into the food replicator on the Starfleet ship so the higher-end staff would get a banana from the other end.

Kurtzman went on to say McMahan had named his cat Riker and he called his son Sagan, which shows he is fully committed. He said the writer is “brilliantly funny” and thoroughly knows each of the “Star Trek” episodes, which is his “secret sauce,” in that he writes joyfully as a true fan of the franchise. Kurtzman said that they are excited to include McMahan’s work as they broaden the Trekkie universe to include fans of all ages.

Hollywood Reporter notes that this isn’t the first Trekkie animated show, as “Star Trek: The Animated Series” ran from 1973 and 1974, featuring the voices of the original series. The show had two seasons and ran for 22 episodes. However, that one wasn’t funny like the upcoming series. Watch an example of the show below.

Meanwhile, “Star Trek: Lower Decks” also isn’t the only series recently aired, or about to air, in the Trekkie universe. We already have the critically-acclaimed “Star Trek: Discovery” and a new, upcoming series where Patrick Stewart will return as Captain Jean-Luc Picard [VIDEO].