Star Trek Showrunner Bryan Fuller Sheds Light On New TV Series Progress, Number of Episodes, Casting

New Star Trek TV series showrunner Bryan Fuller spoke to Collider on the red carpet at the Saturn Awards on Wednesday. Highlights of the interview include: Fuller talking about what it’s like having the keys to Star Trek on TV, the amount of episodes slated for the first season, and where he and the rest of the team are, in terms of writing the series.

As a bonus, look for William Shatner and Bruce Campbell to pop up behind Fuller, during the interview.

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Fuller talked about getting the “keys to the Lamborghini” that is th Star Trek franchise, saying:

“It’s interesting you say “Lamborghini” because we’re looking at a lot of race cars as inspiration for our starships. It’s wonderful. It’s surreal. I didn’t want to be a writer. I wanted to be a Star Trek writer, so to be able to craft a new iteration of the show with new characters and a whole new adventure and whole new way of telling stories that you haven’t been able to tell on Star Trek is honorable and it’s a dream come true. It’s hard to articulate that.”

Regarding the writing process and where he and the other writers are with it, Fuller said:
 
“We’ve got the arc of the first season entirely written, or arced out, and we’ve got the first six episodes entirely broken.”

The amount of episodes has been a question many fans have been asking. Previous iterations of Star Trek on TV had in excess of 20 episodes each season, while most modern shows consist of far fewer. When asked whether the new show was going to be 13 or 22 episodes, Fuller firmly stated that it would in fact be thirteen.
 
He also confirmed that the series would contain a larger over-arching story throughout the entire season.
 
“We’re very far along. We’re going to be putting sets up in a couple of weeks.” Fuller said when asked about the stages for shooting in Toronto

He went on to talk about the process of casting the new series.

“I’ve met with a few actors and it’s an interesting process. There’s a few people that we like, because we want to carry on what Star Trek does best — which is being progressive.”

Star Trek has pushed boundaries for nearly fifty-years. When asked if the new show would carry on this practice, Fuller said:

“I think the audience — the progressive audience that loves Star Trek will be happy that we’re continuing that tradition.”

When asked about the shooting schedule, Fuller said that they’ll begin in September and shoot through March.

The first episode of the new series will premiere with a broadcast TV special on CBS. That episode and all subsequent episodes will be exclusively shown in the US on the video streaming service CBS All Access.

Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller and Rod Roddenberry have been announced as executive producers, with Nicholas Meyer (director of The Wrath of Khan and The Undiscovered Country and co-writer of The Voyage Home) is serving as a writer and consulting producer.

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  • Milo

    “I think the audience — the progressive audience that loves Star Trek will be happy that we’re continuing that tradition.”

    ie, if you are a conservative fan (which is at least half of the fanbase), your not welcomed anymore.

  • Milo

    “I think the audience — the progressive audience that loves Star Trek will be happy that we’re continuing that tradition.”

    So basically, if you are a conservative fan (which is at least half of the fanbase), your not welcomed anymore. So much for IDIC.

    PS: Clearly the new series is going to be so gay that instead of Federation startships being shades of grey, they are all going to be flying rainbows.

    PSS: Does this mean that the new Federation President will be a woman? You know, to honor Hillary?

    PSSS: The Federation will no longer to revere to Kilgons as “war-like,” barbarians,” “brutal” or anything else along those lines as it would be culturally unsensitive to do so. Even Kilingon’s need safe spaces from hate speech. 😛

    • Milo

      You know what Star Trek did really well when it worked? It didn’t force a single point of view on anyone. Rather it brought up the major ideas around an issues, examined them and let the audience decide for themselves what was right and what was wrong. Gone are those days when Hollywood lets people have rational thoughts of their own. It’s socialism for everyone!

    • Brian Dornbusch

      are you just an idiot? seriously..

    • Gaius_Baltar4

      Like or not Star Trek always pushed what some now consider to be ‘liberal’ view points. Though they shouldn’t be. Retrospect has proven them to be ethical viewpoints.

      That is it’s silly all the things that were considered to be controversial during TOS’s run and the show dipped itself into subject matter explicitly banned to be dealt with or portrayed on television at the time. For example, interracial kissing. Didn’t the show get pulled from the South?

      So the new show will likely hardly deal with anything that might ask people to pull the show. But it might deal with subject matter that’s debated today that we will look back on on 15 years and laugh at how silly such things were controversial.

    • Nytegaunt

      Seriously……you’ve never watched Star Trek at all, have you? Not a single episode or movie, ever. If you believe that you have, you need to start from the beginning and watch it all again, because, well, you really missed it. Why, The Great Bird of the Galaxy himself wanted a gay character in the original series but it was disallowed by the network. Then again, I bet you actually stopped watching when Kirk and Uhura kissed.