Bryan Fuller: New “Star Trek” TV series will be more graphic, more progressive

in Movies & TV, Television

It looks like the new Star Trek series is shaping up to be a very original take on the classic formula. Besides the obvious talking points about it being an all new adventure with all-new characters, show runner Bryan Fuller is ready to break down walls and ensure that it won’t be held down by broadcast standards. That means an edgier, more modern take on the deep space adventure:

“Because we’re CBS All Access, we’re not subject to network broadcast standards and practices,” says Fuller, who famously pushed the boundaries of broadcast TV content on his last series, NBC’s Hannibal. “It will likely affect us more in terms of what we can do graphically. But Star Trek’s not necessarily a universe where I want to hear a lot of profanity, either.”

I’m not sure Star Trek needs profanity either. Granted, it would be a breath of fresh air to see a darker, more dynamic take on the series. It was also confirmed that series will contain 13 episodes and that casting is well underway. Fuller made special note that he’s looking to cast actors in “a colorblind prism and a gender-blind prism.” It’s always good to see diversity in Hollywood!

When asked if there was a chance that the franchise may include gay characters for the first time,Fuller delivered a very refreshing response:

“I think the progressive audience that loves Star Trek will be happy that we’re continuing that tradition,” he says.

Not a bad way to kick off a new universe, I’d say. How do you folks feel about this new take on the iconic franchise? Let me know what you think in the comments below, and stick with ITM for everything fun and exciting!

6 Comments

  1. Lynn

    Adam, I would disagree. Star Trek doesn’t need to be progressive to be successful. I’m all about the science fiction and would prefer the writers not screw with a formula that’s worked very well for 50+ years. I watch this with my children and if it’s “progressive” then it tends not to be family friendly.

    So to the writers if they’re reading this, keep it family friendly and be true to the story.

    1. Chris

      What does “Family Friendly” mean to you?

      1. Ivan

        She probably means no icky same-gender aliens kissing – because God didn’t create aliens, since life doesn’t exist outside of Earth. Amiright?

    2. DS9 is King

      Screw Family Friendly It has to be Progressive Darker and edgier, and Screw the little Children we need a Star Trek tv series where it is progressive and you have to send your little kids out of the room because the new series is more Adult.

  2. Dave

    Do you have to be so vulgar in your language describing your feelings. Everyone is entitled to there beliefs and feelings. Let us not condemn people because of religion, sexual orientation or for any other reason. There are many TV shows that have progressed along with time on what is presented. Agreed, some not so tastefully, but many that are.

    Joe, you are entitled to you feelings and I respect you for that, it’s just how you expressed them, that concerned me.

  3. “Besides the obvious talking points about it being an all new adventure with all-new characters, show runner Bryan Fuller is ready to break down walls and ensure that it won’t be held down by broadcast standards. That means an edgier, more modern take on the deep space adventure:”
    I disagree. Look at https://stanfordtangoclub.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/fall-2015-progressive-series-with-felipe-martinez-and-ayano/

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