We knew a new Star Trek series was coming next year, but it just got incredibly more interesting: Hannibal and Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller will be serving as showrunner and co-creator. It's a bit of a homecoming for Fuller, who actually started his career writing for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Voyager. His character-rich style of storytelling, as exemplified on shows like Heroes, Daisies, and Dead Like Me, would seem to be a perfect match for Trek, which at its very best has always been about the people on the ships first, and the pyrotechnics, second.
"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," Fuller said in a statement. "Before seeing a frame of the television series, the Star Trek universe lit my imagination on fire. 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."
As for the show itself, details are still relatively slim. In the same announcement, executive producer Alex Kurtzman mentions that "Bringing Star Trek back to television means returning it to its roots," but that's vague at best — and given Kurtzman's writing role in both the 2009 feature reboot and Star Trek Into Darkness, some hardcore fans would question Kurtzman's take on what the roots of the show are in the first place. But what we do know is that this will be the flagship piece of original programming intended to jumpstart interest in CBS All Access, the network's own streaming service. The first episode of Fuller's new Trek will debut on broadcast television, after which it will move exclusively to All Access within the United States. The show is scheduled to debut in January of 2017.