Bryan Fuller No Longer Showrunner On Star Trek: Discovery

Bryan Fuller has taken a step back from his showrunner responsibilities on the upcoming CBS series [...]

Bryan Fuller has taken a step back from his showrunner responsibilities on the upcoming CBS series Star Trek: Discovery, according to a report from Variety.

Fuller, who has been a long time writer and producer for various Star Trek series including Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager, is passing the baton to exec producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, but will remain on the show in some form.

The first two episodes have already been written by Fuller, and production is set to being in next month, with the premiere hopefully landing on CBS All Access (the networks subscription based streaming video service) by May of 2017.

Apparently, Fuller is just too busy for Star Trek: Discovery, as he is already working on other multiple projects including a television adaptation of Neil Gaiman's popular novel, American Gods.

Production on Star Trek: Discovery has already been pushed back once in order to give the creative team more time to get the series right. We were originally supposed to "Boldly Go" in early 2017, but CBS executives pushed the series debut back to May.

Having Fuller attached to the project was a big selling point for the series, that seems to be running into quite a few problems. The show itself has some pretty big space boots to fill, as it has the entire legacy of Star Trekresting on its shoulders in hopes of pleasing long-time fans and also appealing to a new generation of fans.

Most fans are already upset that they can not watch the new Star Trek series on cable and have to a monthly fee to access it on - CBS All Access. Discovery is supposed to be the new streaming services flagship show. Now that the show has essentially lost the creative genius of Bryan Fuller, we aren't quite sure what to expect.

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"We are extremely happy with the creative direction of 'Star Trek: Discovery' and the strong foundation that Bryan Fuller has helped us create for the series," said CBS Television Studios in a statement. "Due to Bryan's other projects, he is no longer able to oversee the day-to-day of 'Star Trek,' but he remains an executive producer, and will continue to map out the story arc for the entire season…Bryan is a brilliant creative talent and passionate 'Star Trek' fan, who has helped us chart an exciting course for the series. We are all committed to seeing this vision through and look forward to premiering 'Star Trek: Discovery' this coming May 2017."

They might want to cast the female lead, the starship's Captain, as well before they start filming. As of now, the Captain's chair is still empty and this worries us.

Star Trek: Discovery is set to premiere on CBS All Access in May 2017.