New ‘Star Trek’ TV series hires ‘Hannibal’ creator Bryan Fuller as showrunner

The new TV series has been commissioned by US network CBS for its online streaming service

Bryan Fuller has been hired as showrunner for CBS’s new Star Trek TV series.

This marks a return to the iconic sci-fi franchise for Fuller, who launched his screenwriting career on the ’90s series Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. He later created TV series of his own including Pushing Daisies and Hannibal, which was cancelled by NBC last year after three seasons.

“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,” Fuller said in a CBS press release.

“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, producer and co-writer of the 2009 reboot movie Star Trek and its 2013 sequel Star Trek Into Darkness, will serve as an executive producer alongside Fuller.

“Bringing Star Trek back to television means returning it to its roots, and for years those roots flourished under Bryan’s devoted care,” Kurtman said. “His encyclopaedic 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.”

The new Star Trek TV series has been commissioned by CBS especially for its online streaming service CBS All Access, which already offers every episode of all previous Star Trek TV series.

The new series will launch in January 2017 with what the network describes as a “special preview broadcast” on the main CBS network. After that, the premiere episode proper and all subsequent episodes will only be available to US viewers through the streaming service, which costs $5.99 a month.