As reported by Deadline.com, the upcoming CBS revival of the popular Star Trek franchise has hired a showrunner. CBS has chosen Bryan Fuller to head the 2017 return of Star Trek as a television series. Although Bryan Fuller is also going to be the co-showrunner (along with Michael Green) for the upcoming 2017 Showtime series based off of Neil Gaiman’s popular fantasy novel American Gods, it has been reported that his two showrunning jobs will not conflict.
Bryan Fuller is well known for being the showrunner for several short-lived fantasy/science fiction shows. The shows that he has led include the recently canceled Hannibal, the cult TV series Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, and Wonderfalls. Fuller also has written for some other series, including Heroes, and (perhaps more importantly) Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Bryan Fuller’s resume seems to indicate that he is a good choice to lead the Star Trek franchise back to television, although he has had bad luck with keeping his shows on television. Hopefully, showrunning a previously popular franchise will change his bad luck.
CBS is planning to use its acquisition of the Star Trek television franchise to boost its recently built online platform: CBS All Access. This upcoming series will be the first to be broadcast exclusively on the CBS All Access platform created last year, which means the only way you will be able to watch the new Star Trek will be through paying for that online platform. This is a significant barrier to entry, as people may not be willing to pay for online access to a channel that they already have access to through their cable channels. On the other hand, the distribution method will hugely benefit cord-cutters, who aren’t already paying for CBS through another method.
The currently untitled CBS Star Trek television series is set to be released in January of 2017.