Television news recently has seen an awful lot of reboots and continuations of past franchises brought back. While reboot-a-palooza can get a bit tiresome, the news of the return to the Star Trek universe was definitely welcome. In an exciting development, CBS has announced the official showrunner for the next Star Trek series, and it sounds like a real home run of a choice. It won’t be Kirk or Picard or Janeway at the helm of the new journey, but it will be somebody with an extensive knowledge of all things Trek: Bryan Fuller.
Bryan Fuller launched his career in the Star Trek universe, writing for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. It was on Voyager that Fuller managed to work his way up from freelance writer to staff writer to co-producer. He’ll be credited as co-creator and executive producer on the new show and CBS says he is set to be the showrunner on the new series.
Fuller will be joined by another person who can boast Star Trek writing experience: Alex Kurtzman. Kurtzman co-wrote the two most recent big screen ventures in the Trek franchise and will co-write the third. He should be an ideal partner for Fuller.
The long-rumored new series will not air on CBS as a regular primetime show. A special preview broadcast will land a spot in the CBS lineup early in 2017, but subsequent episodes will be exclusively available to subscribers to CBS All Access. CBS All Access is the digital subscription service available for a monthly fee. Although the service certainly isn’t on par with a Netflix or Hulu option, we can bet that exclusive rights to a new Star Trek series will see an influx of subscribers. Bryan Fuller’s series may not have a slot in the regular CBS lineup, but it will surely find a respectable audience on All Access.
Details about the plot of the upcoming Star Trek series are scarce, but Bryan Fuller coming on board promises that it should fit into existing continuity for longtime Trek Fans, as well as break ground for a new generation of new viewers. Considering that 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the franchise, this news of Fuller’s involvement couldn’t be more promising.
Of course, the news that is promising for Star Trek is less so for American Gods on Starz. Fuller is currently working as an executive producer and writer on the adaptation of the popular Neil Gaiman novel. The Starz show may be getting significantly less attention from Bryan Fuller as he works to get Star Trek off the ground for 2017. We'll let you know what's going on with American Gods as it continues the casting process.
Bryan Fuller’s experience with Star Trek on top of his work on series like Pushing Daisies and Hannibal is proof enough that he’s more than qualified to head up the new Star Trek. The only problem with the news of his involvement is that the wait for new material feels just a little bit longer. To get a head start, check out CBS All Access ahead of time.