Bryan Fuller: New Star Trek Series Is Not An Anthology, Canon Characters Will Appear …Eventually

Bryan Fuller, the showrunner of next year’s Star Trek television show on CBS All Access, recently sat down with Moviefone and revealed some details regarding the new series.

Fuller made sure to clarify the show’s time period, previously reported as being after Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country and before The Next Generation, was misreported. The same goes for the anthology format of the show. However, he failed to correct the misinformation.

“I mean, it’s funny. I’ve read [the show’s time period] …which is false. I’ve read that it’s an anthology show, which is not accurate,” said Fuller. “So it’s interesting to see those suggestions, and seeing the truth mixed in with them and going like, ‘Oh, they got that part right…’ But it’s sort of on the truth-o-meter on PolitiFacts. It’s sort of like some truth, and a lot of like, ‘No, pants on fire! That’s not true.'”

Fuller, previously a writer for Deep Space Nine and Voyager, also confirmed that the show will feature multiple starship crews, as suggested in the teaser trailer, and that the first season will consist of 13 episodes.

“One of the things that is exciting for me is that we are telling a Star Trek story in a modern way,” said Fuller. “We’re telling a 13-chapter story in this first season. It’s nice to be able to dig deep into things that would have been breezed past if we were doing episodic and had to contain a story to an episode.

Interestingly, Fuller said that we will “eventually” see established canon characters in the new TV show, but did not say who or in what context.

When asked about the streaming aspect of the show, Fuller confirmed that the show will be released weekly, and that because it isn’t on a network channel, there is the possibly for more mature content, like profanity and graphic violence.

“What [streaming] does allow us is, we are not subject to broadcast standards and practices,” said Fuller. “So we can have profanity if we choose – not that I want to see a Star Trek with lots of profanity. But we can certainly be more graphic than you would on broadcast network television.

The full interview, which can be read here, also touches upon the show’s other production crew, and what they contribute to the production process.

The first episode of the new Star Trek 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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  • Crusso

    Too bad they just effectively shut down all the fan films. Gonna have a mighty unhappy group of fans. Way to celebrate the 50th!

    But that’s what happens when one individual thinks he knows better than everyone else.

    • Ziggy Sawdust

      For every person who’s sad to see those pirated fan versions squashed, there are several thousand who either don’t know about them or don’t care about them– or both. Star Trek will be better off without those unfortunate overzealous fan barnacles clinging to its hull.

  • Leslie Strongcheese

    Well, yay. Swearing. Weird what article-writers latch on to….

  • Andrew Long

    Hopefully they leave the profanity and sex out of it. Just because it’s streaming doesn’t mean it has to be pg13. I want my kids to be able to watch this….

    • Yes, I don’t see why it’d be so good to be free of these restrictions. I’m scared that the series won’t have the same type of charm as the others, and feel completely out of place. I’m also very critical as for all the modern action and typical ridiculous “epicness” for TV nowadays that will surely be implemented. You could see this only from that tiny trailer.
      The other shows got Star Trek where it is today without all that crap, right? I’m not against progress and development, but can the above even be called as such?
      I’m also actually completely fine with graphic content generally, but here… naah, it’s just not Star Trek, you know?

      (And, yeah, I’m one of those who won’t even try watching the newer films.)

  • Matineer

    Interesting it will premiere on CBS. Certainly if the ratings are good, CBS may want to get other episodes on TV at some point. Canon characters? Maybe get the TOS crew back for a special?

  • Dasjerm

    Lets have a Game of Thrones style Star Trek. Now THAT is going to sell a streaming service. Not a bunch of people running around in their space pajamas staring at rubber puppets on a big screen on a spaceship.

  • (Roc) Wayne Alford

    Would love to know where the original interview video went because every idiot trekkie still swears that it is post UC