Bryan Fuller, the original showrunner for Star Trek: Discovery has revealed that he intended the show to be an anthology series. In 2016, Fuller was announced as the showrunner for Star Trek: Discovery, the first Star Trek show to air in over a decade. The excitement was quite high, considering that Bryan Fuller was responsible for critically acclaimed shows like Pushing Daisies and Hannibal.
Fuller later left the show, citing scheduling differences between Star Trek: Discovery‘s CBS All Access and his other gig on Starz, American Gods. It seems clear that some creative differences were present between the network and Fuller, as CBS’ original plan to spend $6 million per episode went over board. CBS also wanted to have the show launch by February 2017, which seemed quite unrealistic.
When speaking with EW, Fuller revealed that his original pitch was that the show would be an anthology,
“The original pitch was to do for science-fiction what American Horror Story had done for horror. It would platform a universe of Star Trek shows.”