We've finally got some solid details about the new Star Trek TV show beyond a logo, and they sound very promising for old-school fans. Showrunner Bryan Fuller (best known for heading up the well-received Hannibal series) gave Collider a rundown of the early essentials, including how long the first season will be and what qualities Fuller's looking for in a new crew.
First off, about that crew. Fuller doesn't have any specific casting announcements to make yet, but you can expect Star Trek to keep unifying people of all skin colors, identities, and intelligent species on a single bridge.
"I’ve met with a few actors, and it’s an interesting process," Fuller said. "There’s a few people that we like and we want to carry on what Star Trek does best, which is being progressive. So it’s fascinating to look at all of these roles through a colorblind prism and a gender-blind prism, so that’s exciting [...] I think the progressive audience that loves Star Trek will be happy that we’re continuing that tradition."
They'll come together for a 13-episode season, with each episode being part of one serial arc. That means the show will be moving away from the more episodic storytelling typical for earlier Star Trek programs. But Fuller says you should still be able to "look at the original series and pick out episodes we’re using the DNA of and using the spirit of what Star Trek offers, both in terms of high-concept science fiction storytelling and really wonderful metaphors for the human condition."
Shooting will begin in September and likely continue through March, according to Fuller, and you'll be able to watch it on CBS' All Access streaming platform starting next year. Expect to hear much more starting at San Diego Comic-Con next month. Until then, you can read about 10 things we want to see in the new Star Trek TV show.
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