Per Variety, Fuller has stepped down as the day-to-day showrunner of the upcoming series. The report notes that Fuller will continue to be involved in breaking stories on the series as an executive producer, and that the show will continue his vision that he set when the series was first formed, but showrunning duties have been handed over to executive producers Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts. The reasoning? The report notes that there has been “strain” between CBS Television Studios and Fuller over the progress of the show, as the series’ January premiere date was recently pushed back to May. Not helping matters is the fact that Fuller is also serving as co-showrunner on the Starz drama American Gods and is prepping a reboot of Amazing Stories for NBC, and it sounds like CBS wasn’t crazy about Fuller splitting his time when the schedule for Discovery was beginning to fall behind.
Writer-director Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind, Winter’s Tale) is expected to join the Star Trek Discovery team in a “top creative role”, serving as a support for Berg and Harberts alongside Fuller and executive producer Alex Kurtzman as they juggle the demands for the series.
Indeed, Discovery comes with lofty expectations as not only the first new Trek series in a long while, but also a major play for CBS’s streaming service CBS All Access. The pilot for Star Trek Discovery will air on CBS, but subsequent episodes will be available exclusively on CBS All Access in a digital capacity.