Star Trek fans are understandably both excited and wary about the prospect of the franchise returning to television. Trek is set to warp back onto the airwaves in 2017 with Star Trek: Discovery, a new original series that will premiere on CBS but then unfold exclusively on the CBS All Access streaming service. However, Trek fans might want to go to yellow alert, because sensors have picked up a major anomaly aboard the much-anticipated series. Showrunner Bryan Fuller is stepping down from that position, citing commitments to other shows.
Variety reports that Fuller will still be involved with Discovery, serving as executive producer and will continue to help shape the story and future of the Trek series. Fellow Discovery exec producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts will now step up to handle the daily work as co-showrunners, and EP Alex Kurtzman will continue to be closely involved as well. Berg and Harberts’ past credits include Revenge, Roswell, and Fuller’s cult favorite series Pushing Daisies and Wonderfalls.
The change is said to basically come down to Fuller simply having too much on his plate. He’s in charge of Starz’s American Gods, which is currently finishing shooting its first season, and is also developing a reboot of the ’80s anthology series Amazing Stories for NBC. That’s a lot for even the most devoted overachiever to juggle, so it’s not surprising that something had to give. It’s good to hear that Fuller will still be maintaining a role in the Discovery production, even if it’s a smaller one than originally intended. Fuller is one of the most talented blokes in show business, and his involvement was one of the major selling points for many fans skeptical about Discovery‘s chances of getting Trek right.
In a statement, CBS Television Studios said:
We are extremely happy with the creative direction of Star Trek: Discovery and the strong foundation that Bryan Fuller has helped us create for the series. Due to Bryan’s other projects, he is no longer able to oversee the day-to-day of Star Trek, but he remains an executive producer, and will continue to map out the story arc for the entire season…Bryan is a brilliant creative talent and passionate Star Trek fan, who has helped us chart an exciting course for the series. We are all committed to seeing this vision through and look forward to premiering Star Trek: Discovery this coming May 2017.
Here’s hoping Discovery will live long and prosper, even without Fuller in the captain’s chair.