Fans were shocked when one of their own, Bryan Fuller, left his coveted showrunner position on top of Star Trek: Discovery to instead focus on his Starz series American Gods.
The good news was, he would retain a producer credit, and at least be a phone call away if new showrunners Gretchen J. Berg or Aaron Harberts needed him. Right?
Apparently, no. Fuller, whose career was jumpstarted thanks to his work on the Star Trek spin-offs of the 1990s, told Newsweek that his only involvement is the work he already did. Everything beyond that? Don’t look at him.
“I’m not involved in production, or post-production, so I can only give them the material I’ve given them and hope that it is helpful for them.”
As was widely suspected when Fuller left Discovery in October, what ultimately did him in as showrunner was simply a matter of time. He had a busy schedule with American Gods – the adaptation of the Neil Gaiman graphic novel – and it just became impossible for Fuller to meet the deadlines CBS was setting.
CBS did try to accommodate, however. The biggest move was pushing back the premiere date from January to May, allowing Fuller more time to get things in order. But even that was not enough, ultimately.
“It is bittersweet. But it was just a situation that couldn’t be resolved otherwise. So I had to step away.”
Fuller will maintain an executive producer title, and he will get story credit for the first two episodes, one of which will air on CBS before all becoming available on a weekly basis on the subscription streaming service CBS All Access.
But while he is no longer involved in the first season. If CBS likes what it sees and orders a second season, he definitely would consider returning.
“They have my number. If they need me, I will absolutely be there for them.”
This past week, CBS officially announced the first three members of the cast: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon‘s Michelle Yeoh, Rent‘s Anthony Rapp and Falling Skies‘ Doug Jones.
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