May 20 2024

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Fuller’s Departure From Star Trek: Discovery Explained

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More details have emerged regarding the departure of Bryan Fuller from Star Trek: Discovery last autumn.

TrekCore reported on the news, which came from this week’s Entertainment Weekly magazine which featured Star Trek: Discovery.

“Fuller sat with CBS executives to deliver his pitch. It wasn’t just for a Trek series but for multiple serialized anthology shows that would begin with the Discovery prequel, journey through the eras of Captain James T. Kirk and Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and then go beyond to a time in Trek that’s never been seen before.

“‘The original pitch was to do for science fiction what American Horror Story had done for horror,’ said Fuller. ‘It would platform a universe of Trek shows.’

CBS countered with the plan of creating a single serialized show and then seeing how it performed. It was a fair compromise, yet demonstrated the first conflict of vision between a powerful company and an inventive writer that would eventually lead to a dramatic falling-out.”

Part of the problem was timing and being tied up with his other series, American Gods. “[CBS] executives say there were frustrated that, giving the ticking clock, Fuller was spending so much time on his equally ambitious Starz show, American Gods, which was simultaneously shooting its debut season.”

Finally, “in October, after months of backstage tension, CBS Television Studios asked Fuller to step down as showrunner.”

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