Sci Fi TV Development: Star Trek Animated Comedy from Rick & Morty Creator, A Grimm Spin-Off, and More

By | October 26, 2018

Here is a roundup of development announcements from the past couple of weeks. There is also a rumor of a Nick Fury series in development, but I will hold off until we get a confirmation on that.

CBS All Access has ordered the animated comedy Star Trek: Lower Decks from Rick & Morty creator Mike McMahan

Network: CBS All Access

Credits: Mike McMahan (Creator / Executive Producer

Starring: TBA

Description:Star Trek: Lower Decks and will tackle the Federation from a comedic perspective, focusing “on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships.'” Entertainment Weekly

Comments: This is in the very early stages of development, but it adds yet another Trek entry to the streaming service’s lineup joining Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Short Treks, and the upcoming Jean-Luc Picard series.






NBC is working on a spin-off from its supernatural drama Grimm

Network: NBC

Credits: Melissa Glenn (Writer / Executive Producer), David Greenwalt (Consulting Producer), Jim Kouf (Consulting Producer)

Starring: TBA

Description: “The new show builds off the mythology of the original series and will feature returning fan favorites while also introducing new characters, new dangers and new mysteries.” Variety

Comments: None of the returning characters have been confirmed at this point. NBC will be considering this for its 2019-2020 schedule.


Netflix has ordered the post-apocalyptic series Tribes of Europa

Network: Netflix

Credits: Philip Koch (Creator / Writer / Executive Producer), Wiedemann & Berg Television (Production Company)

Starring: TBA

Description:Tribes of Europa follows three siblings in the year 2070 who fight to survive in an apocalyptic Europe that has been fractured into countless micro-states after a mysterious global catastrophe. Tribes fight for dominance over the continent.” Variety

Comments: This will likely show up on the streaming service late 2019 or early 2020.


BBC and Netflix are teaming up for a Dracula series from Sherlock creator

Network: BBC / Netflix

Credits: Mark Gatiss (Co-Creator / Executive Producer), Steven Moffat (Co-Creator / Executive Producer), Sue Vertue’s Hartswood Films (Production Company)

Starring: TBA

Description: “Set in 1897, the series will revolve around the blood-drinking count from Transylvania who sets his sights on Victorian London.” Variety

Comments: This series will probably debut late 2019 or early 2020.


What’s to watch on the Streaming Services?  Click on the following links for a comprehensive list of the Sci Fi TV Shows available on Netflix | Prime Video | Hulu


Showtime’s Halo series to start shooting in 2019

Network: Showtime

Credits: Kyle Killen (Writer / Showrunner / Executive Producer), Rupert Wyatt (Executive Producer)

Starring: TBA

Description: “Taking place in the future as humanity fights for survival against the united extraterrestrial army known as The Covenant, Halo follows an elite soldier who encounters mysterious, ancient structures that each hold their own deadly, destructive secrets threatening all sentient life in the universe.”

Comments: Showtime has picked this series up for a ten-episode first season. Shooting starts in June 2019 with a debut date planned for early 2020. CBR.com


Amazon to adapt British series Utopia

Network: Amazon Prime Video

Credits: Gillian Flynn (Writer / Executive Producer)

Starring: TBA

Description:Utopia follows a group of young adults who meet online that are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. Within the comic’s pages, they discover the conspiracy theories that actually might be real and are forced into the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.” Deadline Hollywood

Comments: The streaming service will be looking at late 2019 to early 2020 to add this to its list of originals.


German series The Last Cop is getting a U.S. adaptation

Network: TBA

Credits: Adi Hasak (Writer / Showrunner / Executive Producer), Red Arrow Studios International (Studio), Universal Television (Studio)

Starring: TBA

Description:The Last Cop tells the story of Mick Briggs, an alpha male detective, who wakes up from a 25-year coma and struggles to find his identity as a man, husband and father in a world he neither recognizes nor understands.” Deadline Hollywood

Comments: This is based on the popular German series of the same name that has over over 60 episodes thus far in its home country. No network is attached at the moment.


The CW orders a female-led adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray

Network: CW

Credits: Marisa Coughlan (Writer / Executive Producer), Warner Bros. TV (Studio)

Starring: TBA

Description: “In this poignantly comedic spin on The Portrait of Dorian Gray a woman who made a deal with the devil 50 years ago to remain young has spent the subsequent decades living selfishly and without consequences. As the downsides of eternal youth finally land on her, Dorian is ready to grow up and age gracefully, but, to do so, she’ll have to make amends for half a century of bad behavior.” The Wrap

Comments: The series will be title Dorian and the network will be considering this one for its 2019-2020 schedule.


The Fall season is in full swing now with close to fifty new and returning sci fi and fantasy television shows.  You can see the rundown of the Fall season at this link. And be sure to stay tuned to this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site throughout the season for the latest ratings results and status updates for your favorite shows.

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