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CBS’s ‘Star Trek’ Revival Beams Up Bryan Fuller as Showrunner

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Bryan Fuller, who began his career writing for “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager,” will serve as showrunner and co-creator of CBS’s television revival of the franchise.

He’ll work alongside Alex Kurtzman on the series, which is set to premiere in early 2017 on the network’s digital platform CBS All Access.

“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,” Fuller said in a statement. “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.”

Fuller, whose credits also include “Dead Like Me,” “Pushing Daisies” and, most recently, “Hannibal” will soon be juggling a lot of plates. In addition to his “Star Trek” duties, he’s co-showrunner of Starz’s “American Gods” and developing a revival of “Amazing Stories” for NBC.

The new “Star Trek” series will be the seventh in the franchise, and the first since the cancellation of “Star Trek: Enterprise” in 2005.


Comments

  • http://picklepuss57.tumblr.com/ Picklepuss Dill

    Has anyone said yet if this will be set in the same universe as the two Abrams films?

  • http://picklepuss57.tumblr.com/ Picklepuss Dill

    Has anyone said yet if this will be set in the same universe as the two Abrams films?

  • MikeTen

    I really hope not. I’d like to see the future of the original universe after Voyager and Deep Space Nine.

  • Guest

    I’m guessing it will. There have only been three films portraying this universe. There’s a comic book series that can easily be ignored.

    It’s too much of a blank slate to just walk back into the “Prime” universe.

    Either this will flesh out the world that Kirk and Spock operate in, or it will be the TNG to what the films are doing.

  • Space Voldemort

    Agreed, it will be disappointing to not see the outcome of what Janeway did to the Borg Collective. The Prime universe is where it needs to be placed. I am hoping they jump ahead 70+ years like TNG did.

  • Tiberius

    It’s NOT a flippin’ TV show! It’s an online streaming service show.

  • Tiberius

    It’s NOT a flippin’ TV show! It’s an online streaming service show.

  • Lawrence Morrow

    It has been suggested that the way the contracts exist currently, they literally don’t have the rights to make it in the J.J. Abrams universe and could only set it in the Prime universe, which I’m very pleased about, personally.

    It could pick up 15 years after Voyager, which would leave room for many great cameos of from the pervious TV series (Warf, Geordi, Bashir, or it could take a TNG style leap and show us 50-100 years in the future of the Prime universe, still leaving room for some cameos (Tuvok, EMH, Data).

  • MacFRY!

    Welcome to the 21st Century, pal. The box you watch it on doesn’t really matter anymore! I have a feeling this will end up on CBS proper anyway, after the massive traffic this will generate has their TV ad sales execs $eeing big dollar $ign$!

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    Or this will be a third universe, since the movie and TV rights are held by different companies.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    TV is a catchall now.

  • MacFRY!

    Also I just learned it’s gonna premiere on CBS TV first, then move to their streaming service:

    “The new Trek series (which is being executive produced by Alex Kurtzman) will premiere on CBS in 2017, before moving to CBS’ digital “CBS All Access” platform.”

    http://io9.gizmodo.com/hannibals-bryan-fuller-is-producing-the-new-star-trek-t-1758068994

  • Cookieboy2000

    That ship, right there IS essential to the new series, not the 90’s looking beatbox version in the current movie version.

    40 minutes of this ship going to warp (st tmp version of warp speed) from all different angles would suit me!

  • PretenderNx01

    Yeah, Netflix also technically wouldn’t be “TV” as it’s a streaming service you can watch on your computer but they get TV awards like Emmys.

  • Sturgeon’s Law

    I have been a Star Trek fan since I first watched The Original Series on TV as a kid as it first aired. But if CBS thinks I am going to pony up money for their crappy streaming service to watch this on their No Access Without Your Credit Card, they are sadly mistaken. CBS is the ONLY broadcast network that wants you to pay for their regular programs, and also the ONLY one of them that does not offer these programs on Hulu, a much superior streaming platform than is their own. I can think of one sole reason, a soulless one at that . . . greed. It is partly corporate greed, and partly greed of the talent. Almost all of the highest-paid actors on TV are on CBS shows. Now they want us to buy them a new Bentley, since the one they now drive is almost two years old. Well, screw them, and screw CBS. And with regret, screw the new Star Trek too, as I refuse to let them screw me.

  • http://www.voxcorvegis.wordpress.com/ Jaime

    I think that setting Star Trek The Next Generation a hundred years after the original series was a very clever way to make the franchise fresh enough so as not to alienate new viewers while still preserving a wealth of canon to draw upon. They should do that again for the new series; set it a hundred years after Voyager.

  • Ikea Monkey

    Doesn’t CBS own both?

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    When Viacom split into a movie and TV company, they halved the rights to Star Trek.

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    Dude, pay six bucks after the season is over. Watch all the episodes. Unsubcribe. Rinse and repeat the year after.

  • Sturgeon’s Law

    Dude, as with all the major networks, CBS was granted the rights to certain frequency bands in exchange for their agreement to provide FREE broadcasting content to the American people. How many hundreds of billions of profits have they made since their foundation in 1927? I don’t know, but I do know they don’t need my six bucks as much as I do . . . especially when they are not supposed to be charging anybody anything anyway.

  • vongoh

    There will always be opportunities to boost ratings with cameos regardless of what time period is set .. because Time Travel.

  • vongoh

    There will always be opportunities to boost ratings with cameos regardless of what time period is set .. because Time Travel.