BREAKING: Bryan Fuller Named Showrunner of New ‘Star Trek’ CBS Series

By February 9, 2016

Well, if you weren’t already looking forward to CBS’Star Trek reboot series, you might want to be now.

Following the announcement of a brand new series from the network a few months back, the series has just landed one of television’s most talented writers at the helm, with Hannibal and Pushing Daisies creator, Bryan Fuller, set to serve as the series’ showrunner. After starting his professional writing career on previous Trek shows, including Voyager and Deep Space Nine, the creator/writer has gone on to create some of the most critically-acclaimed shows of the 21st century so far.

Did I also mention he’s currently working on Starz’ series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods alongside Michael Green, which seems to be getting better and better with every new announcement? If that doesn’t make you excited for this, then I don’t know what will.

Co-created by Fuller and fellow Trek alum, Alex Kurtzmann, the reboot is set to introduce new characters and civilizations that exist outside of the mythology and canon previously created in the past Trek shows. Fuller commented on the news with the following:

“My very first experience of ‘Star Trek’ is my oldest brother turning off all the lights in the house and flying his model of a D7 Class Klingon Battle Cruiser through the darkened halls. Before seeing a frame of the television series, the ‘Star Trek’ universe lit my imagination on fire. It is without exaggeration a dream come true to be crafting a brand new iteration of ‘Star Trek’ with fellow franchise alum Alex Kurtzman and boldly going where no ‘Star Trek’ series has gone before.”

Kurtzmann added:

“Bringing ‘Star Trek’ back to television means returning it to its roots, and for years those roots flourished under Bryan’s devoted care. His encyclopedic knowledge of ‘Trek’ canon is surpassed only by his love for Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic future, a vision that continues to guide us as we explore strange new worlds.”

The series will premiere on CBS in January of 2017, following the 50th anniversary of the original series this year, before transitioning over onto CBS’ All Access digital subscription service, making it the first original series to premiere on a network, but being available primarily on a streaming platform. Something that has made more than a few Trek fans disappointed over the past few months.

In terms of bringing a showrunner on for the series though, CBS Television Studios President David Stapf says it was imperative that they find someone like Fuller at the helm:

“For the past 50 years, ‘Star Trek’ has been a groundbreaking franchise that not only changed the landscape of television, but made a significant impact on pop culture. When we began discussions about the series returning to television, we immediately knew that Bryan Fuller would be the ideal person to work alongside Alex Kurtzman to create a fresh and authentic take on this classic and timeless series. Bryan is not only an extremely gifted writer, but a genuine fan of ‘Star Trek.’ Having someone at the helm with his gravitas who also understands and appreciates the significance of the franchise and the worldwide fan base was essential to us.”

As someone who’s not entirely familiar with Fuller’s work on Star Trek, but has followed some of his other creations throughout the years closely (I swear nothing makes me feel better than watching the Pilot episode of Pushing Daisies again), I can’t imagine a better choice for this series. Stapf sort of nails it on the head in the quote above because no one else knows quite how to create consistently quality entertainment with everything they do, like the creator of Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, and Dead Like Me does.

This just makes sense. There’s really nothing else to say about it honestly, because as soon as I read this news, I just nodded my head and thought, “Yeah. Totally. No question.” It’s not often that an announcement grabs me like this one did, and considering how many news headlines I read in one day – that’s saying something.

The new Star Trek series will debut in January 2017.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable