Best News of the Day: CBS' New 'Star Trek' Show Just Brought Bryan Fuller On As Showrunner
Brace yourselves here. A good news explosion is about to hit. I mean GOOD NEWS. Like, Anna Friel hugging a puppy levels of good.
Hannibal dinner party good.
The new Star Trek TV show— the one being produced by JJ Abrams’ longtime creative partner Alex Kurtzman— has found its showrunner in Bryan Fuller.
Now, Fuller has his hands fuller (not sorry) than usual already with his American Gods show and his Amazing Stories revival. And last we checked in with this Star Trek show (which doesn’t air till 2017), we learned the disappointing news that after the pilot, it will only be available on CBS’ digital platform, meaning you’ll have to pay extra to watch it. As Dustin said at the time, “given the dearth of other decent CBS offerings, the new series will have to be damn good if we’re expected to pony up another $6 a month to watch it.” Fuller’s attachment may be exactly what we needed to cough up those extra dollars.
Another Bryan Fuller show on television is always good news. This is the man who’s given us Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me, and Hannibal. But Star Trek has the potential to be something special. (More special. Differently special.) Because working on Star Trek isn’t new for Fuller. It’s a return to his roots. His very first writing job was on the franchise. This was back when Deep Space Nine had an open spec submission policy. Fuller sold a couple of scripts to the show before being hired full-time on Voyager.
Even before that job, though, the franchise held an important spot in Fuller’s creative life. If you think back to your childhood, to that big first creative love, that thing that exploded your brain and lit the fire of television or music or film or art or whatever your thing is, what is that memory for you? For Fuller, it’s Star Trek.
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.
I know none (or I suppose I should say most, and then the one or two of you who DO know him, please pass along invitations to brunch or whatever) of us actually know Fuller personally, so it can feel silly to get so invested in a stranger’s emotions. But for someone like Fuller, who has created so much work that is both so genuinely good, but also touches us on such a personal level, it’s inevitable that we take real, true joy from seeing their literal dreams come true.
Plus, again, more Bryan Fuller for us. It’s win-win here.