Bryan Fuller has just been named as the showrunner for CBS’ new Star Trek TV series by Variety. Alex Kurtzman will serve as an executive producer along with Fuller and Heather Kadin. If you know your Trek history, you’ll also know that Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Hannibal, the upcoming American Gods) got his start in television writing for both Deep Space Nine and Voyager. He is also responsible for some excellent television outside of the Trek universe, which makes the announcement pretty darned exciting. As to what we can expect about where the new show will fall in-universe? Here’s what Variety had to say:
The creative plan is for the series to introduce new characters and civilizations, existing outside of the mythology charted by previous series and the current movie franchises.
That could mean a lot of things. Clearly, we’re getting a brand new crew, but that particular wording doesn’t make it clear whether or not this is a total reboot. Possibly this new series will explore a different time frame, or a different area of the galaxy than Trek fans are accustomed to. It will air its first episode in January 2017 on CBS before moving to exclusively to CBS’ digital subscription service.
Fuller teased his ideas about a Trek show back in 2013, saying that he loved the idea of possibly setting a show on the U.S.S. Reliant and also “I want Angela Bassett to be the captain, that’s who I would love to have, you know Captain Angela Bassett and First Officer Rosario Dawson. I would love to do that version of the show and but that’s in the future to be told.” Um, YES. WE WILL WATCH THAT SHOW, BRYAN FULLER.
But even if that’s not in the cards–Star Trek is coming back to TV!
New. New Star Trek is happen!
More info and top image on StarTrek.com.