The facts were these….
Bryan Fuller was born in the great land of Lewiston, Idaho on July 27, 1969 and grew up in Clarkston, Washington. Upon graduating from Clarkston High School, he attended Lewis-Clark State College back in Lewiston. Later, Fuller transferred to the USC School of Cinematic Art but could not afford tuition and eventually had to drop out. He then worked as an office temp for the next 5 years, much like Georgia Lass although fortunately he was not struck by a toilet seat from outer space and turned into a grim reaper (or so we think).
Bryan Fuller didn’t realize he was destined to be one of the most brilliant television writers of all time until he was in his roaring mid 20’s. One day in the eventful year of 1993 he was watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, when it suddenly clicked for him; he was born to write. Well actually, he didn’t really want to be a writer so much as he just wanted to write for Star Trek. He was born to make his nerd-dreams come true. At the time, Deep Space Nine had an open script submission policy. Fuller wrote and submitted a script, which they liked but didn’t buy. Instead they invited him to come in and pitch. He pitched the exact same story and they bought it. After that, he sold them another story, was given one to rewrite, and was eventually hired as a full time staff writer for Star Trek: Voyager during its fourth season. He continued to write for Voyager for the rest of its run and worked his way up to being a co-producer for the series.
Nearing the end of his time with Star Trek, Fuller realized he wanted to do more. It was time for him and his work to blossom into a beautiful, quirky, death-obsessed flower. His experience with Star Trek was great; it taught him structure and story breaking skills. However, he felt that those very structures were so gosh darn specific they could be suffocating. During his last year on Voyager, ready to move on, he asked his agent if he should write a script for another show or maybe create something original. At the time he was brewing ideas for Dead Like Me (which he called “Dead Girl”). Confident he could sell it quickly, his agent encouraged him to write it. So Fuller did and his agent sold it in just a few short months.
In 2002, before Dead Like Me became a thing, Fuller wrote the teleplay for an adaptation of Carrie (based on the popular horror novel by Stephen King). The following year, the pilot of Dead Like Me was aired. Unfortunately, Fuller left the show early in the series due to conflicts with MGM and Showtime. In general, the whole thing seemed to be a bad experience and we don’t like to talk about it. It had two short-lived seasons on Showtime from 2003 to 2004.
In 2004, Fuller co-created Wonderfalls with the wonderful Todd Holland, which ran on FOX. If you thought Dead Like Me suffered a premature end, then prepare for another let down. Wonderfalls was cancelled after only 4 episodes were aired and the rest was released on DVD. At the end of the same year, Fuller got a pilot commitment from NBC for a show called The Assistants but it never got past the script stage.
In 2005, Fuller wrote and executive produced the pilot for the Sci Fi Channel’s animated comedy The Amazing Screw-On Head with Mike Mignola. It aired in 2006 but wasn’t picked up for a series. After that, Fuller worked on NBC’s Heroes. He was hired as a consulting producer and ended up becoming a co-executive producer during the first season. He went on to write 4 episodes for the series between 2006 and 2009 including “Company Man,” which was named one of the 100 greatest episodes in television history by TV Guide.
Fuller created the award winning and fan favorite Pushing Daisies in 2007. ABC aired it for two years but announced it would not continue past episode 2.13 soon after the second season premiered. After yet another tragic and undeserved cancellation, Fuller once again joined the Heroes writing staff and became a consulting producer. He soon left them for the second time to work on other projects for NBC including an adaptation of the book Sellevision and a sitcom called No Kill, both killed during the scripting stages.
None of this stopped Fuller, though. He continued to persevere and develop more projects. In 2012, Fuller wrote and executive produced Mockingbird Lane for NBC, a restoration of the classic sitcom The Munsters. The series wasn’t picked up and the pilot was aired as a Halloween special. He then briefly work on Mind Fields with Lisa Joy for USA but the series was not picked up either.
Premiering in April of 2013, Fuller wrote and executive produced Hannibal, a critically acclaimed series he developed for NBC. Hannibal is based on characters from the Thomas Harris novel “Red Dragon.” The series ran for three seasons (2013-2015), completing the story arc all the way through “Red Dragon.”
While he was working on Hannibal, Fuller also worked on High Moon (based on The Lotus Caves by John Christopher) with Jim D. Gray for Syfy, but it was dropped after filming the pilot in late 2013. High Moon aired as a TV Movie on September 15, 2014. As he produced High Moon and Hannibal, Fuller simultaneously began working on a television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods for Starz with Michael Greene, as well as a live action version of “Pinocchio” for Warner Bros. As far as we know, “Pinocchio” was dropped.
In late 2015, it was revealed that Fuller was asked by Steven Spielberg himself to revive his old NBC show Amazing Stories, which ran from 1985 to 1987. Amazing Stories is an anthology program that is a blend of science fiction, fantasy, and horror (right up Fuller’s alley!). Little details are known other than the series will be aired on NBC, and Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey will be executive producers with Fuller. The series is still in early development stages.
With the development of Amazing Stories in progress and American Gods in pre-production, it shocked many when it was announced in February 2016 that Fuller would be producing a new Star Trek series for CBS alongside Alex Kurtzman. At 2016 San Diego Comic Con International, it was revealed that the new series is called Star Trek: Discovery. The first few episodes of Discovery will air on CBS, with the rest available to stream on CBS Access.
Currently, American Gods is in production and will premiere on Starz sometime in 2017, while Star Trek: Discovery is in pre-production with an estimated air date of May 2017 on CBS.
Bryan Fuller owns Living Dead Guy Productions and is a partner in Fuller + Roberts Co. LLC. Living Dead Guy Productions has produced Wonderfalls, The Amazing Screw-On Head, Pushing Daisies, Mockingbird Lane, Hannibal, American Gods, and Star Trek: Discovery. Fuller + Roberts was opened with interior decorator Scott Roberts, who is Fuller’s long-term partner. The shop is based in Los Angeles and features vintage as well as custom home furnishings.