'Star Trek: Discovery' air date, spoilers, cast news: Bryan Fuller steps down as showrunner

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“Star Trek: Discovery” was supposed to debut in January 2017 before the date was pushed back to May. Now, it looks like the show just lost its showrunner. CBS Television Studios released a statement on Wednesday saying Bryan Fuller was going to step down from his role as the series’ showrunner because of his other projects.

“We are extremely happy with the creative direction of ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and the strong foundation that Bryan Fuller has helped us create for the series. Due to Bryan’s other projects, he is no longer able to oversee the day-to-day of ‘Star Trek,’ but he remains an executive producer, and will continue to map out the story arc for the entire season,” CBS said in the statement.

Fuller has his hands full right now with “American Gods” and the reboot of “Amazing Stories.” Variety has reported that Gretchen Berg and Aaron Harberts will act as showrunners when the show starts filming next month. Akiva Goldsman may also join the show in a top creative role. Sources say the female lieutenant commander lead character has yet to be cast.

Meanwhile, The Hollywood Reporter said their sources told them that the series will also feature “an openly gay actor as one of the male leads (which Fuller confirmed), a female admiral, a male Klingon captain, a male admiral, a male adviser and a British male doctor.”

Katharine Trendacosta of io9 pointed out that the casting for a male Klingon captain is interesting because the show is supposed to take place 10 years before the original “Star Trek” series. Trekkies would know that the Federation and the Klingons weren’t exactly the best of friends at this time. She also noted that “British male doctor” was a very specific description and they probably have somebody in mind for the role.

The 13-episode first season of “Star Trek: Discovery” will premiere on CBS in May 2017 before it moves to CBS All Access.