Bryan Fuller Will Run New "Star Trek" Show

Bryan Fuller at 14th Annual Official Star Trek Convention
Bryan Fuller at 14th Annual Official Star Trek Convention. Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images

Today, it was announced through Entertainment Weekly that Bryan Fuller will be the showrunner for the new Star Trek TV series airing on CBS All Access. Who is Bryan Fuller? What will be doing on the show? Let's find out.

On November 2, 2015, Startrek.com announced a new Star Trek series coming in January 2017. The first episode will air on standard CBS television. But after that (in the United States at least), the only place to see the new TV series will be CBS All Access.

CBS All Access is CBS' exclusive streaming service, which provides unlimited streaming of a variety of CBS TV shows from the past and present like CSI: Miami or MacGyver.

As showrunner, Bryan Fuller will be executive producer and co-creator of the new show, along with Alex Kurtzman. He'll be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the show, influencing its story, look, and feel. Kurtzman was the first writer and producer brought onto the project, and co-wrote and co-produced Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.

In the article, Fuller is quoted as saying, "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.”

Kurtzman is also quoted as saying, "Bringing Star Trek back to television means returning it to its roots, and for years those roots flourished under Bryan’s devoted care. His encyclopedic knowledge of Trek canon is surpassed only by his love for Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic future, a vision that continues to guide us as we explore strange new worlds."

Who is Bryan Fuller?

Fuller has a long history with Star Trek behind the scenes. He wrote two episodes of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "The Darkness and the Light" and "Empok Nor." He also has twenty writing credits for episodes of Star Trek: Voyager, and was a producer for its final season. He also created the TV show Dead Like Me for Showtime in 2003 about a grim reaper who escorts souls to the afterlife. He also co-created the critically acclaimed but short-lived Wonderfalls, about a woman working in a gift shop who begins hearing voices from various items in the shop. From there, he created Pushing Daisies, a TV series about a pie maker who can bring the dead back to life temporarily. His next project came with the TV series Heroes, where he worked on story arcs for the third and fourth season. His involvement with a variety of quirky but interesting TV shows has drawn enthusiasm from fans. Most recently, Fuller developed and was the showrunner for the TV series Hannibal.

What will Fuller's Star Trek be like?

We don't know for sure, but we have a hint from comments he's made before about potential Trek series. In 2009, he described a concept he had to iF Magazine: "Having spent four years on staff and another year of freelancing before that on Star Trek, it’s a very near and dear property to my heart, and also a philosophy.

I would love to create a Star Trek show, so that’s on my dream docket. I think there’s something very exciting about the new J.J. Abrams-verse, and there’s also kind of an interesting reinvention. How would The Next Generation evolve from that? Where would that be? Where would that go? But there’s also … Star Trek is such a big universe, and there are so many places to go with it. I have a very specific idea that I would love to do. We’ll see if I ever get the opportunity.”

In 2013, Fuller expanded on his idea for Den of Geek, saying he would not have the show set on another version of the Enterprise. Instead, he would set his series on the USS Reliant. Fans know the Reliant as the ship hijacked and ultimately destroyed by Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. He also said his choice of captain would be Angela Bassett, and Rosario Dawson as the First Officer.

Whether this ultimately becomes the new Star Trek TV series or they go in a different direction, this speaks well for the vision going into the show. We'll have more details as they become available.