bryan fuller star trek discovery

A little over a month ago, Bryan Fuller stepped down as showrunner on CBS’s upcoming Star Trek: Discovery series, resulting in the internet making a sound akin to a balloon slowly deflating. After all, Star Trek has seen its ups and its downs, but surely it would’ve flourished under the watchful eye of the genius behind Hannibal and Pushing Daisies! Without him at the helm, an exclamation point became a question mark. The silver lining was that Fuller would remain on board as an executive producer, allowing him “to remain actively involved albeit not on the day-to-day production level as originally envisioned.”

Well, so much for that. In a new interview, Fuller has essentially confirmed that we won’t be working on Star Trek: Discovery at all.

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star trek discovery release date

Star Trek’s return to television was supposed to be grand. Originally scheduled to debut on the CBS All Access digital streaming service in January 2017, last month it was announced that Star Trek: Discovery was pushed back to May 2017 to give the creators more time to get it right. And now we learn that the series is hitting another significant bump, in the form of losing Bryan Fuller as showrunner. Hit the jump to learn the details.

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Although producer and showrunner Bryan Fuller has been holding any and all details about Star Trek: Discovery close to his vest, he has not been shy about dropping references and sly hints concerning what we can expect from the new show when it premieres early next year. For example, we know that the show will be set a decade before the events of the original series and that it will deal with an event that will be familiar to Star Trek fans that has never been depicted on screen before. But anything beyond that? Go ahead and consult your crystal ball, because Fuller isn’t confirming or denying anything, it seems.

That brings us to the latest Bryan Fuller tidbit: to commemorate Star Trek‘s 50th anniversary, he revealed that a famous episode of the original series is a “touchstone” for Star Trek: Discovery. What is the Balance Of Terror Star Trek Discovery connection? Let’s take a look.

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star trek discovery title

Following Star Trek Beyond‘s underperformance at the box-office, we don’t know the exact future of Trek as a film franchise. We do know, however, that Trek is returning to television next year with Star Trek: Discovery, thanks to CBS, showrunner Bryan Fuller (American Gods), and plenty of more talent responsible for the new sci-fi series. The meaning behind the title and the ship’s name speaks for itself in some ways, but there’s a little more to it than meets the eye.

Below, learn more about the Star Trek Discovery title and more about the upcoming show.

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star trek discovery character name

When it comes to talking about Star Trek: Discovery, showrunner Bryan Fuller has a unique habit of saying whole lot while revealing very little. Other producers, writers, and directors should take note: this is how you work people into an excited froth without spoiling your show. Today’s deluge of Discovery-related business is full of intriguing morsels, promising suggestions, and even a nugget or two of potential controversy for a certain corner of Trek fandom. Let’s start with the biggest news: the name of the show’s lead character.

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Star Trek Discovery captain

CBS concluded its day of Television Critics Association panels with a session on their streaming service, CBS All Access, and their first original series for that service, Star Trek: Discovery. Bryan Fuller answered questions and we already posted his remarks that the lead character was female, and he intended to feature an openly gay character. Fuller also told the TCA that there were roughly seven leads, common for Star Trek series.  After the jump you can find out what else we learned about the new Star Trek television series.

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UPDATE: Enterainment Weekly’s James Hibberd is now reporting that the lead in question here is not the captain (at least not when the series begins), making this the first Star Trek series where the lead character of the show isn’t in command of the ship. Rather, the show will be told from the point-of-view of a subordinate, which is a very intriguing notion.

More details about the series are arriving as you read this, so look for those in a separate post from our own Fred Topel. The original article follows.

The temperament of any given Star Trek series is often defined by whoever is sitting in the captain’s chair. James T. Kirk led an adventurous, two-fisted crew through smart, pulpy adventures. The methodical Jean-Luc Picard was all about negotiation, diplomacy, and thoughtful solutions to tricky problems. Benjamin Sisko liked to bend the rules to force solutions, feelings be damned. So the casting of the captain for showrunner Bryan Fuller‘s upcoming Star Trek Discovery is a big deal. The nature of this character, and who is playing the part, may say a great deal about the show itself.

We still don’t know who will be sitting in the big chair, but an old rumor that rules out 49% of the Earth’s population has been all-but-confirmed: the captain of the U.S.S. Discovery will be a woman.

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star trek discovery timeline

Comic-Con 2016 offered our first serious look at Star Trek Discovery, the upcoming television show coming to the CBS All Access in 2017. In addition to the title reveal, a brief “first look” video also premiered, showcasing some very rough test footage showing the U.S.S. Discovery in action. Trek fans have been divided over the design, which looks more rigid than the sleek and sexy U.S.S. Enterprise, but we may have been missing the forest for the trees as we’ve been debating starship design aesthetics. According to series producer and showrunner Bryan Fuller, the ship features an important clue concerning exactly when in the Trek timeline the series is set.

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American Gods Season 1 2017

Starz presented a panel on their 2017 series American Gods, based on Neil Gaiman’s graphic novel. Co-showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green were in attendance and screened a trailer first. The clips showed Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) released early from prison for his wife’s funeral. He throws a gold coin on her grave and it sinks into the dirt. His wife, Laura Moon (Emily Browning) returns later in the clip saying, “Who said I died, Bobby?” But not before we see Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) recruit Shadow Moon when they meet on an airplane. Other visual clips include Shadow Moon walking through the forest, and swinging a hammer at a cow’s head in silhouetted slow motion.

After the panel, Fuller and Green spoke to reporters further about the visual aesthetic of American Gods. “Neil Gaiman’s book cracks open a window in a world we wanted to see,” Green said. “We started working with David Slade who is an incredible visionary and just immediately started sketching it out physically and conversationally until we could see the ideas really come to life, so we owe a lot of credit to his lens.”  Read More »

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This year, something doesn’t feel quite right with Comic-Con. That’s true for a variety of reasons, but it’s mainly because Hannibal is no longer making appearances. A room packed with the enthusiasm of a large pack of Fannibals was always a treat. Hannibal may be off the air and out of Comic-Con, but that’s not stopping Bryan Fuller from attending. Yesterday, he brought with him his new show, American Gods (co-created by Michael Green).

Below, watch the American Gods trailer.

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