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    Will it be as smart as the 1970s animated series sometimes was? [LINK]

    Variety has learned that CBS Television Studios and Nickelodeon are negotiating for a new “Star Trek” animated series aimed at kids.

    Plot details on the new series are being kept under wraps, but it hails from writers Kevin and Dan Hageman. The Hagemans are known for their work on animated shows such as “Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu” and “Trollhunters.” They also worked on the story for the films “Hotel Transylvania,” “The Lego Movie,” and “The Lego Ninjago Movie.” They are repped by WME and Underground Management.

    Should the project move forward, it would mark the first new “Star Trek” TV project to debut outside of All Access with an eye for it to serve as a tent pole series at Nickelodeon. The series would mark a major get for new Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins, who was brought in in October to lead the kid-centric Viacom brand amid declining linear ratings and shifting viewing habits.

    This is also the second animated “Star Trek” project to be announced. All Access gave a two-season order to the adult animated series “Star Trek: Lower Decks” in October, with that show being created by “Rick & Morty” writer Mike McMahan. It will focus on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships.

    Here’s the thing: I watched Trollhunters with my oldest, and it was a pretty decent show. And of course the Lego Movie was decent too. They’ve got some pretty hip writers on this.

    Will it be for everybody? Nah. At the exponential rate that they’re spinning things off, I’d say we’re probably each within two or three years of saying “Hey, that new Star Trek show? That’s not for me.” And… that’s okay. (Unless you’re some bloke running a website that’s expected to chronicle all of this stuff. Then it becomes something of a complicated relationship.)

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    Let’s see… there’s Discovery, there’s the Picard series, the Section 31 show, the Below Decks animated comedy, this new Nickelodeon show, the Starfleet Academy type show that’s been mentioned a few times, and possibly another spin-off of Discovery featuring Tig Notaro’s chief engineer character Jet Reno. And there’s one or two that have been mentioned in passing that I can’t recall at the moment. Man, they’re really leaning heavily on Star Trek, aren’t they? No Trek for years and now I’m afraid it’ll eventually cause burnout.

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    My gut feeling is that the Nickelodeon show and Starfleet Academy are one and the same.

    Also, while Tig Notaro is awesome in Discovery (I really kind of enjoyed her taking Stamets down a notch when they first met), I doubt very much that she’s on the show for more than just this season – she just doesn’t seem like someone who’s going to let herself be tied down to Star Trek all the time; her schedule will probably make sure she’ll be more of an occasional flavoring, like Whoopi Goldberg on TNG.

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    Maybe I was wrong about Tig – she apparently survived with everyone else to trip into the future. “Get off my ass. Sir! Get off my ass, sir!”

    In the meantime, are you ready for a Star Trek series about lawless teens? Because here comes a Star Trek series about lawless teens. [LINK]

    A new, original CG-animated Star Trek series that follows a group of lawless teens who discover a derelict Starfleet ship and use it to search for adventure, meaning and salvation is in the works from Nickelodeon and CBS Television Studios. The show, to be developed by Emmy Award winners Kevin and Dan Hageman (Trollhunters, The LEGO Movie), and overseen by Ramsey Naito, EVP, Animation Production and Development, Nickelodeon, will debut exclusively on Nickelodeon. The show will be the second upcoming animated Star Trek series, joining Star Trek: Lower Decks, which will stream on CBS All Access.

    “‘Star Trek,’ Nickelodeon, and the state of animation are doing incredibly ambitious things as of late. We couldn’t be more excited to jump aboard,” said Dan and Kevin Hageman.

    The untitled Trek adventure show will be created under the auspices of CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Television Studios’ new animation arm; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment. Trek veterans Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth, along with animation producer Katie Krentz, will serve as executive producers together with Kevin and Dan Hageman. Aaron Baiers will serve as a co-executive producer.

    “Star Trek’s mission is to inspire generations of dreamers to build a brighter future,” Kurtzman said. “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.”

    Just stating it again for the record: lawless teens. Please tell me one of them will be voiced by Lucy Lawless.

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    We now know who will be providing the voices of the lawless teens in Star Trek: Prodigy! [LINK]

    Prodigy cast
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    The first “Star Trek” series created for kids has its full cast. Paramount Plus and Nickelodeon announced on Monday that Ella Purnell, Brett Gray, Rylee Alazraqui, Dee Bradley Baker, Angus Imrie and Jason Mantzoukas will make up the main voice cast for “Star Trek: Prodigy,” the animated series set to premiere on Paramount Plus later this year. They’ll join Kate Mulgrew, who is reprising her role from “Star Trek: Voyager” as Kathryn Janeway.

    For the first time in a “Trek” series, the main cast is made up of alien species, as these six young characters end up commandeering an abandoned Starfleet vessel and must learn how to operate it in order to survive, with Mulgrew’s Janeway serving as their guide as the ship’s emergency training hologram.

    Purnell (“Sweetbitter,” “Army of the Dead”) will play 17-year-old Gwyn. Her species is called the Vau N’Akat, and she grew up on her father’s mining planet, a cheerless place that drove her to explore beyond her home.

    Gray (“On My Block,” “When They See Us”) will play 17-year-old Dal, from an unknown species. He fiercely guards his hope for a better future, and sees himself as a nonconformist.

    Alazraqui (“Doug Unplugs,” “Home Economics”) will play eight-year-old Rok-Tahk, part of the Brikar species. She’s a little shy and uncommonly smart, especially when expressing her devotion to animals.

    Veteran voice actor Baker (“Star Wars: The Bad Batch,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Dora the Explorer”) will play Murf, an “indestructible blob” from an unknown species. His age is also a mystery, but he does have quite the appetite for ship parts and an intriguingly good sense of timing.

    Imrie (“The Crown,” “The Kid Who Would Be King”) will play Zero, one of the oldest and most unusual aliens to grace “Trek” canon: They’re Medusan, an energy-based species that have no gender and no corporeal form. To look upon their true appearance is to die from insanity, so Zero created a containment suit to protect their shipmates from harm.

    And adding to his growing roster of voice-over roles, Mantzoukas (“Invincible,” “Big Mouth,” “Close Enough”) will play 16-year-old Jankom Pog, a Tellarite who, true to form, enjoys a good argument and will often take an opposing viewpoint regardless of his own opinion, just so all perspectives can be heard.

    “Star Trek: Prodigy” was developed by Kevin and Dan Hageman (“Trollhunters,” “Ninjago”), who are serving as the showrunners and executive producers. Alex Kurtzman, Heather Kadin, Katie Krentz, Rod Roddenberry and Trevor Roth are executive producing. Ben Hibon is directing, co-executive producing, and he is the creative lead. CBS’ Eye Animation Productions, CBS Studios’ new animation arm; Nickelodeon Animation Studio; Secret Hideout; and Roddenberry Entertainment are producing the show.

    I wondered if Angus might be related to Celia Imrie, a favorite British actress of mine who’s done some Doctor Who both on TV and audio. Sayeth IMDb:

    Son of actors Celia Imrie and Benjamin Whitrow.

    Good going Angus! Or Gus to your pals. Can you turn anything into an arsenal?

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    And we have trailer (from SDCC@home):

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