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Bryan Fuller: Fans Hoping For A Gay “Star Trek” Character In New Series “Will Be Happy”

The out "Hannibal" producer discussed the shows progressive appeal in a red carpet interview with Collider.

CBS’ new Star Trek series is underway, and out producer Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) revealed some tidbits about the show to Collider.

“I didn’t want to be a writer. I wanted to be a Star Trek writer,” reveals Fuller, who previously worked on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Voyager. “So to be able to craft a new iteration of the show with new characters and a whole new adventure and whole new way of telling stories… is a dream come true.”

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Fuller spilled that the show’s first season will be 13 episodes telling one long story arc, but we’ll have to wait for San Diego Comic-Con in July for details on casting and where the show fits into the Trek mythos.

“I love talking about everything, and I’m sort of relieved I’ve been muzzled by CBS on it because I do less interviews, so I can spend more time writing,” he joked. “I’ll be very excited to share when the muzzle comes off of me!”

Without naming names, Fuller did say the new series’ cast will continue the Trek banner of inclusiveness.

“We want to carry on what Star Trek does best, which is being progressive,” he said. “It’s fascinating to look at all of these roles through a colorblind prism and a gender-blind prism.”

Asked if the new show will finally add an LGBT character to the Trek franchise, Fuller’s response cryptic but not disheartening.

Star Trek has never filmed certain subject material because it was filmed at a time when showing a gay character or showing certain kinds of characters was frowned on. What I’m so looking forward to is to see you guys be so progressive and all-inclusive. Are you looking at it that way?

“Absolutely. I think the progressive audience that loves Star Trek will be happy that we’re continuing that tradition.”

Watch the whole interview below.

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Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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