It’s probably not the news fans were hoping for – following his exit in October as Showrunner of Star Trek Discovery, co-creator Bryan Fuller has now confirmed he has no further ongoing role in the CBS All Access series. “I’m not involved in production, or postproduction, so I can only give them the material I’ve given them and hope that it is helpful for them,” Fuller told Newsweek in an interview published earlier today. “I’m curious to see what they do with it.”
Fuller co-created the series with Alex Kurtzman and largely developed the show’s mythos, writing the first two episodes and sketching out the first season story arc. He quit as Star Trek Discovery showrunner just before Halloween, citing other commitments, including his television series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. He was replaced by his subordinates Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts, and remained an executive producer.
Originally set for a January, 2017 premiere on CBS All Access, the launch date was pushed back to May 2017 at the request of Fuller and Kurtzman, who wanted in particular to get the special effects right. CBS was unwilling to delay the premiere further but after Fuller’s departure, the network said it intended to honor the concept for the show he had co-developed. “We are all committed to seeing this vision through,” the network said in October.
For his part, Fuller has expressed a willingness to contribute to the show’s potential second season. “They have my number and if they need me I will absolutely be there for them.”