Star Trek: Lower Decks is getting close to wrapping up its fourth season on Paramount+. Earlier this month, executive producer Mike McMahan unintentionally caused a bit of a stir about the future of his animated comedy beyond season 5, which is currently being written. The CinemaBlend interview titled “Amidst Franchise Changes, Star Trek: Lower Decks‘ Mike McMahan Gave Us His Worried Perspective On The Show’s Future” got a lot of attention and spawned reports on many other sites, including this one. At New York Comic Con, TrekMovie had a chance to talk to Mike directly about the article and follow up on his thoughts about the future of the series.
McMahan: “I always worry”
During a roundtable interview session with Mike McMahan after he spoke at the Star Trek Universe Panel at NYCC, TrekMovie asked McMahan if his views on the future of the show had changed from the more optimistic view he’d had in the past, but he rejected the premise—and added context to his comments on CinemaBlend:
“I was never positive [after the previous season] we would get more. You never know, especially in streaming you get three seasons, and then you hope for the algorithm… And I am not feeling less positive [now]. There was an article that I thought took—it didn’t have the tone. Like they asked me, ‘Are you worried?’ and I was like, ‘I’m always worried, everyone watch the show.’ That’s every show.”
CBS Studios had initially given Lower Decks a two-season order and McMahan said he thought it was a “miracle” when it was picked up for a third season. Two more season pickups and multiple interviews later, the showrunner was concerned he’d given the wrong impression of his perspective on the series and didn’t want fans to be overly concerned, telling TrekMovie:
“Amazingly, I’m writing season 5 right now. You know how crazy it is I have a five-season Star Trek show? I’m so pumped. And my thing is, don’t worry that Lower Decks is going away. Celebrate it, because you’re watching it now. You know what you’re never going to be able to do again? Watch it when it airs and be surprised by it. It only happens once. Then the more people that watch it, the easier it is for me, and has always been.”
That said, he remains realistic. He again reminded fans that they have a role to play when it comes to convincing Paramount+ to approve a 6th season, explaining:
“This stuff is never a guarantee. And the only thing that helps me, because I go in [to the network] and am like, ‘This show is great’ and they’re like, ‘Yeah, you make it.’ But if you guys are all saying it’s great and people are watching it and you guys are bringing in new—like if everybody who watched Lower Decks got one friend to sign up for Paramount+ to watch the season, even in one hit, it would double our numbers. I have no control over this stuff. But it’s not that it’s like that now, it’s just always been like that. So if you love a thing, watch it.”
More from NYCC
We will have more from our Mike McMahan NYCC interview coming up this week. Also, check out our coverage of the Star Trek Universe panel and McMahan talking Lower Decks season 4 finale and season 5. We also reported on Alex Kurtzman’s Star Trek Universe update and the Kid Cudi x Star Trek reveal at NYCC. Check back for even more updates on Star Trek from NYCC.
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