The crew of Star Trek: Lower Decks: Jack Quaid as Ensign Brad Boimler, Vanessa Marshall as First Officer, Jonathan Scott Frakes as Capt. William T. Riker, Jerry O'Connell as Cmdr. Jack Ransom, and Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford

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By Nate Millado

"Bigger! Funnier! The same length!" previewed Star Trek: Lower Decks creator Mike McMahan about the upcoming 10-episode season. "It's a really great mix of Serious Trek and Silly Trek." Ahead of its Aug. 12 premiere on Paramount+, Watch shares a Captain's Log–full of secrets and sneak peeks about Season 2.

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Star Trek: Lower Decks
premieres Aug. 12 on Paramount+. New episodes every Thursday!


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Emmy winner Bryan Cranston stars in Your Honor.

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By Nate Millado

If ever there was a time we needed television, it was the last year and a half—and CBS Studios gave us stories that made us laugh, cry, and everything in between. With Primetime Emmy nominations just weeks away (July 13), we want to show some love to a few shows and artists that delivered award-worthy entertainment—and escapism.

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Star Trek: Discovery for Outstanding Drama Series

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Sonequa Martin-Green leads an "extraordinary" cast.

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"So many times we're in the editing room with this treasure trove of options because our cast is so extraordinary. —Alex Kurtzman, executive producer of Star Trek: Discovery

Watch all episodes of Star Trek: Discovery streaming on Paramount+.

The Neighborhood for Outstanding Comedy Series

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Cedric the Entertainer and Max Greenfield star in The Neighborhood.

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"The Neighborhood bridges gaps. It allows us to reach people we would never ever reach before." —Tichina Arnold, who costars as Tina on The Neighborhood

The Neighborhood returns on Monday, Sept. 20, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and streams on Paramount+.

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert for Outstanding Variety Talk Series

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Stephen Colbert beats President Barack Obama at waste basketball.

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"There's only one thing better than a joke working…a joke not working," said The Late Show host Stephen Colbert. As for his favorite guest moment? Beating Barack Obama at waste basketball. "I think both of us will carry that in our hearts in very different ways."

The Late Show With Stephen Colbert airs weeknights at 11:35/10:35c on CBS and Paramount+.

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The Bite for Outstanding Drama Series

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Audra McDonald stars in The Bite and The Good Fight.

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"Robert and Michelle [King]'s team wanted to find a way to give it some energy. So they insert zombies…you got your energy." —Audra McDonald discussing The Bite on The Talk

The Bite airs exclusively on Spectrum.

The Bite for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

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Husband-and-wife team Robert and Michelle King (The Good Fight) wrote, produced, and set their zombie drama The Bite during the pandemic.

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The Bite, Scene 22
Rachel clicks over to her mom, DR. HESTER BOUTELLA (65). She pops onto Rachel's screen. Nobel Prize–winning immunologist. Imperious. Loves scarves. (A little of Dr. Birx in her.) Thinks her daughter should be doing more important work.

The Bite airs exclusively on Spectrum.

Your Honor for Outstanding Limited Series

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Emmy winner Bryan Cranston stars in Your Honor.

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"I don't want to do any show or play where the audience can fall asleep. I want them to feel obligated to stay with it at every moment and feel that anxiety level." —Bryan Cranston

Stream Your Honor on SHOWTIME.

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The Amazing Race and Tough As Nails for Outstanding Reality Competition

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Host with the most: Phil Keoghan runs The Amazing Race and Tough As Nails.

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"There's lots of shows out there that honor people that are really good at singing and dancing and are good looking, but I felt that there was a place for acknowledging those people who keep a country running. Real people in real life who are real tough." —Phil Keoghan on Tough As Nails to Deadline

Stream episodes of The Amazing Race and Tough As Nails on Paramount+.

The Comey Rule for Outstanding Limited Series

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Comey (Jeff Daniels) and Trump (Brendan Gleeson) face off.

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"Jim Comey was trying to do the right thing in a world that didn't care what the right thing was." — Jeff Daniels

"What I loved about it was the authenticity of actually knowing that these were words that were spoken." —Brendan Gleeson

Stream The Comey Rule on SHOWTIME.

The Equalizer for Outstanding Drama Series

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All hail the Queen: Latifah stars in The Equalizer.

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"I've seen a lot of real-life equalizers in my life so why not bring one to the screen who looks like me?" —Queen Latifah

Watch The Equalizer on CBS and streaming on Paramount+.

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The Late Late Show With James Corden for Outstanding Variety Talk Series

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James Corden hosts The Late Late Show.

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"We want to be a place that gives people light relief in what's been an unimaginably difficult year." —James Corden

The Late Late Show With James Corden airs weeknights at 12:37/11:37c on CBS and Paramount+.

The Stand for Outstanding Limited Series

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Alexander Skarsgård as Randall Flagg in The Stand

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"I wanted to write about bravery. At some point, people do have to make a stand." —Stephen King to Vanity Fair

Stream The Stand on Paramount+.

Star Trek: Lower Decks for Outstanding Animation

Star Trek Lower Decks cast

Jack Quaid as Ensign Brad Boimler, Tawny Newsome as Ensign Beckett Mariner, Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford, and Noël Wells as Ensign Tendi

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"I wanted to do something that when I looked back on it for the rest of my life, I would be really proud of what I did at that one moment. And what I'm really proud of accomplishing with that season is it's the balance of it's really good Star Trek, and it's a comedy that I really like." —Creator and showrunner Mike McMahan to IGN

Stream Star Trek: Lower Decks on Paramount+.

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By Nate Millado

For the first time in its 50-year history, San Diego Comic-Con was forced to cancel due to the coronavirus pandemic. Enter Comic-Con@Home—a virtual edition of the annual pop culture get-together—and the Star Trek Universe helped kick off the proceedings.

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By Nate Millado

Star Trek is boldly going where no one's gone before: into the bowels of a Federation starship. Star Trek: Lower Decks is an irreverent new CBS All Access animated comedy series that focuses on the misadventures of the ragtag support crew of the U.S.S Cerritos. OK, so they're not quite elite. "We're more like the cool, scrappy underdogs," explains lower-tiered Ensign Mariner (voiced by Tawny Newsome).

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Here's everything you need to know about the highly anticipated addition to the beloved sci-fi franchise.

Star Trek: Lower Decks premieres Thursday, Aug. 6, and streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

So…What's It About?

Space...the funnest frontier? Star Trek: Lower Decks takes place in the year 2380. According to CNET, that means the U.S.S. Cerritos exists around the same time frame as Jean-Luc Picard and his crew. Fun fact: the word "cerritos" in Spanish translates to "little hills," driving home the fact that the U.S.S Cerritos is not as important (or as majestically named) as the starships Enterprise, Voyager, or Discovery.

Who's It From?

The ensigns captain and doctor aboard the USS Cerritos on Star Trek Lower Decks

Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford, Jack Quaid as Ensign Boimler, Fred Tatasciore as Lieutenant Shaxs, Dawnn Lewis as Captain Freeman, Jessica McKenna as Ensign Barnes, Tawny Newsome as Ensign Mariner, Gillian Vigman as Dr. T'ana.

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Star Trek: Lower Decks is the brainchild of former Rick and Morty writer-producer Mike McMahan, so you know it'll be funny! What you may not know is that McMahan is a diehard Trekkie, so expect some reverence—and potential Easter eggs for longtime fans—amid the irreverence.

When Does It Air?

Ensigns Mariner Tendi Rutherford and Boimler of Star Trek Lower Decks

Tawny Newsome as Ensign Mariner, Noël Wells as Ensign Tendi, Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford, and Jack Quaid as Ensign Boimler.

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Star Trek: Lower Decks will debut on the CBS All Access streaming service on Thursday, Aug. 6, with new episodes of the 10-episode season available weekly. (Great news: It's already been picked up for a second season!)

Who's In It?

The animated crew of Star Trek Lower Decks

Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford, Noël Wells as Ensign Tendi, Tawny Newsome as Ensign Mariner, and Jack Quaid as Ensign Boimler in CBS All Access original series Star Trek: Lower Decks.

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Star Trek: Lower Decks centers on four ensigns—aka not the folks expected to save the day. Tawny Newsome voices Ensign Mariner, whom the actress described at San Diego's 2019 Comic-Con as a "weirdo rock-and-roll party queen." She's a rule-breaking badass who's good at all things Starfleet and, frankly, should be way further along in ranks.

The complete opposite is Ensign Boimler (Jack Quaid). He's book-smart and by-the-book—and desperately wants to be a captain someday. If only he can get out of his own head! Tendi (Noël Wells) is a green-skinned ensign experiencing her first day in the medical bay when we meet her. Ensign Rutherford (Eugene Cordero) works in engineering and sports a fresh cyborg implant.

The cast is rounded out by Dawnn Lewis as Captain Freeman, Jerry O'Connell as Commander Ransom, Fred Tatasciore as Lieutenant Shaxs, and Gillian Vigman as Doctor T'Ana.

Star Trek: Lower Decks premieres Thursday, Aug. 6, and streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

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