‘Star Trek Discovery’ News: Bryan Fuller on Lead Character’s Name, Episode Count, and More

     August 28, 2016

As we speak, work is well underway on putting together a brand new Star Trek TV series. That’s exciting stuff! It’s been over a decade since Trek was on the small screen, with the four-season run of Star Trek Enterprise comprising the end of an impressive 18-year run of back-to-back Star Trek TV shows on the air, but CBS is bringing the franchise back in the form of Star Trek Discovery, with Hannibal and Pushing Daisies creator/showrunner Bryan Fuller serving as showrunner and executive producer. Many details for the show have remained under wraps ahead of its January 2017 premiere, but Fuller recently took part in a radio interview where he revealed some tantalizing new tidbits.

Per AICN, Fuller revealed that the lead character of Star Trek Discovery—who we know is a female, human, non-captain Starfleet officer—is referred to in the series as “Number One.” Additionally, while this first season will consist of 13 episodes, Fuller divulged that he would ideally like each season of Star Trek Discovery to comprise no more than 10 episodes, not unlike Game of Thrones. Indeed, the HBO series stuck to a 10-episode season on account of how herculean a challenge it is to actually produce the show every year, and if Fuller is going big with Discovery, it would behoove him to really hone in on 10 great hours of TV rather than rushing to put out more. There’s also the fact that he’s pulling double duty, serving as showrunner on Starz’s upcoming American Gods simultaneously.


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We know that Fuller and fellow executive producer Alex Kurtzman—who co-wrote the 2009 Star Trek feature film as well as Star Trek Into Darkness—are scripting the first installment of Star Trek Discovery, but Fuller told AICN that Nicholas Meyer scripted the second hour. Meyer was a mighty exciting hire for Star Trek Discovery as he’s the one responsible for scripting the feature films Wrath of Khan, The Voyage Home, and The Undiscovered Country, so it’s great to hear he’s spearheading one of the early episodes.

Fuller has also filled out his writer’s room, telling AICN that Wonderfalls and Pushing Daisies alums Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts have signed on to serve as co-showrunners, with Jesse Alexander (Alias, Hannibal) and playwright/author Kemp Powers also joining the writing team.

You can listen to the full radio interview right here, via AICN, but this is definitely exciting stuff. And for even more on the show, click here for Steve’s interview with Fuller from the Saturn Awards. Star Trek Discovery will premiere on CBS in January, but subsequent episodes will be available exclusively on the streaming service CBS All Access.


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