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Bryan Fuller won’t be involved in Star Trek: Discovery’s first season at all

Former showrunner calls it bittersweet


Former Star Trek: Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller has completely severed ties with CBS over the project’s first season, after stepping down earlier this year.

In an interview with Newsweek, Fuller said that he no longer has a hand in the production or postproduction process and won’t be contributing any more to the creative side of the show. Fuller and CBS announced in October that he was giving up his title as showrunner because he couldn’t debut 100 percent of his time to the project.

“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 said. “I’m curious to see what they do with it.”

Fuller called the departure bittersweet, but explained that the entire situation was one that couldn’t be resolved, so he had to step away from the project. When asked if he would return for a second season, Fuller said that the studio had his number, and he would always be willing to help them out. Polygon has reached out to CBS for comment.

For now, Fuller is dedicating his attention full-time to Starz’s American Gods, which he is also a showrunner on. Fuller will retain an executive producer credit for Star Trek: Discovery, since he came up with the concept and wrote the first two episodes, but he was adamant that he would have no more creative say in how the series ended up looking.

Discovery was supposed to be released in the New Year, but was pushed back to May following production delays. CBS confirmed in a previous press release that it was committed to releasing the series, which will be available exclusively on its streaming service All Access in the United States and Netflix worldwide, by May 2017.