Our excitement for the new Star Trek series just got kicked into warp drive. Today, CBS announced that Bryan Fuller, the mad genius behind tragically cancelled shows like Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, and Hannibal, will be the fearless captain of the network's new Trek series.
This is a big deal for a few reasons. Fuller is a big name talent with a reputation for breathing fresh new life into old stories, something he did with style (and a lot of blood) while working on NBC's critically acclaimed Hannibal. Also, he's far from a Trek newbie: the writer got his start penning scripts for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and later put in time as a co-producer on Star: Trek Voyager. Judging from his work and previous interviews, this guy clearly knows his Trek.
Fuller's involvement signals that the show will get the creative -- and budgetary -- attention it deserves, something that seemed in question when CBS revealed last year that the show would be airing on its digital streaming service CBS All Access, instead of on the network itself. Star Trek won't merely be web-isodes to prop up the fledgling film franchise. With Buller in the captain's seat, the show will get a chance to live long and prosper as its own independent entity.