The SAG-AFTRA strike is over, so another Star Trek show is getting back to production—in this case, the adult animated comedy Star Trek: Lower Decks. TrekMovie spoke to Tawny Newsome about starting up again, and her co-star Jack Quaid has shared an image on social now that he’s back in the recording booth.
Season 5 recording for Lower Decks
In mid-July, the SAG-AFTRA actors union went on a strike that lasted until November 9th. Voice work for the fifth season of Star Trek: Lower Decks had just started, but was put on hold when the strike began, but now it’s been resumed.
In an interview with TrekMovie’s All Access Star Trek podcast, Tawny Newsome confirmed that they’re back in action:
“We were recording a tiny bit before the strike and then we just got started again. We’re like somewhere in the middle. I’ve done like four or five episodes so far… yeah, I love it. I’m so happy to be back doing these roles.”
Newsome also confirmed that even though she hasn’t recorded with co-star Jack Quaid (Boimler), both have overlapped at the recording studio:
“No we didn’t [record together]. Actually for our first session back, our producer Brad Winters didn’t tell us, but he scheduled me and Jack not only back-to-back but he scheduled us to overlap. So I showed up to record at 1:00 and really I wasn’t recording till 2:00 and Jack was in there finishing and we were like, “My friend! Ah!” I mean we see each other all the time but to see each other at work, it was such a joy. Don’t tell the studio, but I think we did waste about 90 minutes in there just like catching up and gossiping and eating salads. But maybe they scheduled in some intentional buffer time.”
Newsome’s comment evokes lower deckers’ “buffer time” from the first season episode “Temporal Edict.”
Star Trek getting back to work
Writing for the fifth season of Lower Decks wrapped up in October; showrunner Mike McMahan told the crowd at NYCC: “I’m writing the finale of season 5 right now. And next year is going to be awesome.”
Each of the first four seasons of Lower Decks was released in late summer about a year apart. In her TrekMovie interview, Newsome wasn’t 100% certain, but thought the show could probably still stick to its schedule:
“I think our production timeline is okay. I don’t know. I don’t know how that got affected but we’re back.”
Earlier in the week, we reported that the third season of Strange New Worlds is back in pre-production. The Star Trek: Section 31 movie is reportedly starting prep as well. After the WGA strike ended in October, the writers room for the new Star Trek: Starfleet Academy show got back to work, and the show is expected to go into production in 2024. Post-production on the animated Star Trek: Prodigy series was not impacted by the strikes, so all 20 episodes are expected to be completed by January and be released sometime in 2024 on Netflix. Work on the fifth and final season of Star Trek: Discovery is complete and arrives on Paramount+ in early 2024, but a specific release date hasn’t been announced.
Speaking of Jack Quaid, today the actor shared a couple of videos comparing his voice work as Superman from My Adventures with Superman to Boimler from Lower Decks.
— Jack Quaid (@JackQuaid92) November 18, 2023
More to come from Tawny Newsome
We will have more highlights from our brand-new interview with Tawny Newsome about Lower Decks season 4, season 5, and her work as a writer on Starfleet Academy, so stay tuned to the site and catch the full audio interview in the next episode of the All Access Star Trek podcast.
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