Another veteran Trek writer/producer out promoting his new show is 2008 Emmy-nominee Bryan Fuller, who is the creator and show-runner for the quirky ABC hit Pushing Daises. In a new interview Fuller assessed the state of the Trek franchise and talked about how he would love to get another go at a Trek TV series..
Fuller on Trek’s past and future [From MTV]
I would love to do another ‘Star Trek’ series. One where you could go back to the spirit and color of the original ‘Star Trek,’ because somehow, it got cold over the years. I love ‘Next Generation,’ but it’s a little cooler and calmer than the ones from the ‘60s, which were so dynamic and passionate. ’Deep Space Nine’ was the best of the modern ones, because it was so emotionally complicated. ‘Enterprise’ was the most sterile of all of them, when it should have been the most fun.
According to the report, Fuller’s Trek would be set in the TOS era, but not with Kirk and Spock on the Enterprise and he would "want to break the mold and have more fun with the series." Fuller is very much in favor of the direction JJ Abrams is taking the franchise so he may want to pick up where JJ and his team leave off. Fuller also noted:
‘Star Trek’ has to recreate itself. Otherwise, all the characters start to feel the same. You always have a captain, a doctor, a security officer, and you have the same arguments based on those perspectives. It starts to feel too familiar. So all those paradigms where it takes place on a starship have to be shaken up.
Bryan Fuller was only with the Trek franchise for a few years, writing a total of 21 episodes (2 DS9 & 19 VOY). His Trek scripts showed his talent for character stories such as the DS9 episode "Darkness and Light" and the Voyager two-parter "Workforce." He is a huge Trek fan and very creative and was probably under-utilized. This is evidenced from his post-Trek career working on Heroes and creating three critically acclaimed shows Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies. His latest show (Pushing Daisies) is up for 12 Emmys for its first season. When CBS inevitably gets around to considering bringing Trek back to the small screen, Fuller should certainly be on the short list.
Bryan Fuller at Sept. 9th TV Guide ABC Fall Preview
Daisies back October 1st
After a long hiatus (due to the SAG strike), Pushing Daisies kicks off its second season in two weeks (Wed. October 1st at 8 PM). If you have not had the chance to catch this quirky modern fairy tale about a pie-maker who can revive people from the dead, you should check it out. Here is a preview of the upcoming season.