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Old April 24 2009, 10:16 PM   #1
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Bryan Fuller interview on Heroes

Over at Digital Spy

He talks pretty candidly about what it was like to come back to the show, what his mission is on turning things around, and his thinking process on the changes he's already made. My favourite bit is below:

"First they sent me the remaining episodes of the Villains arc that I hadn't seen yet so I could catch up. I was like 'oh I don't know if I can do this, I don't recognise the show any more'. It just felt like a completely different show - it didn't feel like a network television show, it felt like it should be on the Sci Fi channel. I didn't have a foothold in to care about my favourite characters. Everyone was so mad, pulling guns and yelling 'you ruined me'. Everyone was bitching a lot. For a second there I was like, 'I gotta get out of this'. I strongly believe that you should not write a show if you wouldn't watch it.

"Then I started reading the Fugitives arc. I thought 'this is interesting, they're back in their real lives', but then it took another tumble down the rabbit hole of getting really dense and characters being angry. The characters' anger at their situations was such a barrier to entry for me, because I don't relate to pissed off people. I have to know there's something in that person that makes me want to root for them and care for them. I thought 'well, if people are angry, let's understand why they're angry so we can sympathise with them.'

"The good thing for me when I came back is that the pendulum was already swinging back the right way and everybody on the writing staff recognised the problems with the show and how far afield it had gotten from where it was. Often that writers' room is like alchemy - you have the person with the crazy ideas, the person with the funny ideas, the person who defends the characters at any cost. When I came back, it was a little bit like coming home from college and realising 'oh, mum and dad don't talk to each other any more, little sis is a cutter and little bro is hooked on meth'. The room was a completely different room. What was a cohesive group had become divided, so it was a matter of someone coming in and saying 'let's work together'."
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Old April 24 2009, 10:27 PM   #2
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So far, I think Fuller's gotten the show back on track with admirable speed. There's an emotional core to the show now and the characters have stopped acting like idiots, lunatics, or ping-pong balls for the benefit of the plot.

Now he needs to formulate a plot for the show - it still feels untethered - and a coherent reason for the characters to stick together in S4 - not terribly difficult because the one thing that Heroes has achieved through all the messing around is to put the main characters through trials together that give them a natural sense of connectedness to each other through personal loyalty.

And if my hunch is correct, next week he will be coming up with a plot twist that solves ongoing problems at the core of two major characters (one of which is a problem that has limped along from the start, the other is a problem recently created by the dolts who preceded Fuller), and is the kind of WTF?!? plot twist that will infuriate some, amuse others, and surprise everyone in its audacity, a style that I associate more with Lost than with Heroes, which really could use a lot more daring and creative writing going forward.

I hope that Fuller fulfills the promise he's shown so far, and if S4 shapes up like I hope, with the finale propelling the plot in a fascinating new direction, that the ratings magically hold up enough to get him some more seasons. The annoying thing about Heroes is that they haven't even begun to realize its potential, yet has frittered away its audience spending the better part of two seasons doing nothing.
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Old April 24 2009, 11:01 PM   #3
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Well, I just hope that when Heroes is done, CBS takes Fuller up on his offer to run a new Star Trek series. I'd love to see what he could do with ST given free rein.
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Old April 24 2009, 11:07 PM   #4
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Well, I just hope that when Heroes is done, CBS takes Fuller up on his offer to run a new Star Trek series. I'd love to see what he could do with ST given free rein.
I'd rather see him do anything but Trek. He wouldn't have as much creative freedom on Trek than on another show, since the reason Trek would be back on TV would be to capitalize on the movie's success, so Fuller would have marching orders to do a 23rd C show about Starfleet stiffs going boldly that has a lot of the same appeal as the movie. Could be a great series, but why does that concept need Fuller to handle it?

There are any number of people who could do a decent job on Trek, how about Ron Moore? Fuller seems to do a lot better when pursuing his own original ideas. The only thing he definitely needs is a collaborator who can put some bite into his shows. His sensibilities are too sweet and nice; viewers have to be given more motivation to stick with a show or their attention will drift. That's what killed Pushing Daisies and probably killed his other shows if they had the same sensibility (I never really bothered to watch them). Heroes already has the "bite" part written into the premise.
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Old April 24 2009, 11:18 PM   #5
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It's interesting that you bring up Moore, as I just realized that he seems to be the creative opposite from Fuller in one key way. They're both talented show-runners, but in this interview Fuller states that he just doesn't identify with pissed off people, hence his style on shows like Pushing Daisies. Moore, on the other hand, seems to only identify with that type of character, judging by Galactica at least.

They would both make a very, very different type of Trek compared to the other.
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Old April 24 2009, 11:32 PM   #6
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They're both talented show-runners, but in this interview Fuller states that he just doesn't identify with pissed off people, hence his style on shows like Pushing Daisies. Moore, on the other hand, seems to only identify with that type of character, judging by Galactica at least.
OMG, those guys should collaborate! If they can stand each other.

Pushing Daisies = too sweet

BSG = too sour

Mix em and it's just right.
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Old April 25 2009, 12:02 AM   #7
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thus far i'm not a fan of the 2nd half of the season. it seems quite boring compared to the what happned during the first half. guess the audience wasn't ready for more complex story lines, though i quite enjoyed them. now it's just a bit of a borefest.
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Old April 25 2009, 01:23 AM   #8
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I admire his honesty... his take on the "Villains" arc is very similar to mine -- and probably many other fans' as well.

I'm just glad he ultimately decided to return anyway. IMO, the last few episodes, while varying in quality somewhat, have been a considerable improvement over most of the season. I look forward to seeing what he can do with Season 4.
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Old April 25 2009, 03:06 AM   #9
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Pushing Daisies = too sweet

BSG = too sour

Mix em and it's just right.
Mmmm.... sweet and sour Trek.
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Old April 25 2009, 03:10 AM   #10
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His sensibilities are too sweet and nice; viewers have to be given more motivation to stick with a show or their attention will drift. That's what killed Pushing Daisies and probably killed his other shows if they had the same sensibility (I never really bothered to watch them). Heroes already has the "bite" part written into the premise.
Dead Like Me was hilarious as hell, but I wouldn't describe it as "sweet". Of course, Fuller was only involved in the first handful of episodes of that, as I understand it.

His thing is more about sheer style than sweetness specifically, PD aside.
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Old April 25 2009, 04:41 AM   #11
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Wonderfalls wasn't particularly sweet, either. Well, other than the bartender.
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Old April 25 2009, 06:42 AM   #12
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This line is absolutely hilarious:

it was a little bit like coming home from college and realising 'oh, mum and dad don't talk to each other any more, little sis is a cutter and little bro is hooked on meth'.

I gave up on this season after the first few episodes. If it turns out that the end of the season and next season are dramatically improved, I might go back and catch up. It's definitely an interesting thing to keep track of.
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Old April 25 2009, 04:11 PM   #13
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I'd rather see him do anything but Trek. He wouldn't have as much creative freedom on Trek than on another show, since the reason Trek would be back on TV would be to capitalize on the movie's success, so Fuller would have marching orders to do a 23rd C show about Starfleet stiffs going boldly that has a lot of the same appeal as the movie. Could be a great series, but why does that concept need Fuller to handle it?
Which is why I said I'd like to see them take him up on his offer, which includes his particular ideas for the type of series he'd like to do. From what he's hinted about his proposal, it would be rather different from what we're used to.

And I don't agree that they'd necessarily insist he copy the movie. For one thing, Paramount got its likely hit movie by giving J.J. Abrams and his "Supreme Court" free rein to do Star Trek the way they wanted rather than following the studio's marching orders. Bryan Fuller is a respected TV producer and show creator, so it's not out of the question that he might be given the same mandate to "do this your way and give us a fresh approach." For another thing (and admittedly this could perhaps negate the first), a Trek TV series would not be from the same studio that made the movie. Thanks to the odd vagaries of the Viacom breakup, the movie rights to ST are held by Paramount Pictures, while the TV rights are held by CBS Paramount Television, a separate corporation with different people in charge. So CBS/Para might not feel beholden to imitate Paramount's movie. They might want to make their own distinct incarnation of Trek.

Of course, you could be right; the CBS/Para people could be unimaginative and unwise enough to take the approach you fear. But that's not a given.

There are any number of people who could do a decent job on Trek, how about Ron Moore?
No, thank you. Ron Moore did great Trek when he was on TNG and DS9, but since his bad experience on VGR, his whole career seems to have become about deconstructing and rejecting the Star Trek approach to things. I don't think we need another dark deconstruction. I want to see a show that embraces the optimism and humanism of ST while approaching them in a fresh and nuanced way.


Fuller seems to do a lot better when pursuing his own original ideas. The only thing he definitely needs is a collaborator who can put some bite into his shows. His sensibilities are too sweet and nice; viewers have to be given more motivation to stick with a show or their attention will drift. That's what killed Pushing Daisies and probably killed his other shows if they had the same sensibility (I never really bothered to watch them).
As others have said, you have a very imprecise notion of Fuller's sensibilities. Dead Like Me definitely had a much darker edge; it had a similar offbeat humor to Pushing Daisies, but was absolutely nothing like PD's cheerful fairy-tale tone, which is unique in Fuller's ouevre. I've never seen Wonderfalls either, but I gather it had a cynical, world-weary lead not unlike the lead in DLM. In fact, I'd say the overall defining quality of Fuller's shows is a sense of the macabre and offbeat. Look under the sugary surface of Daisies and it's a very macabre black comedy; the whole show is about death. Also loss, loneliness, isolation, regret -- themes that were prominent in DLM as well.
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Old April 25 2009, 06:18 PM   #14
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If it turns out that the end of the season and next season are dramatically improved
If my theory about what's gonna happen Monday comes true, that could be a killer set-up for S4. I'll be back with a thumbs up or down then.

And I don't agree that they'd necessarily insist he copy the movie. For one thing, Paramount got its likely hit movie by giving J.J. Abrams and his "Supreme Court" free rein to do Star Trek the way they wanted rather than following the studio's marching orders. Bryan Fuller is a respected TV producer and show creator, so it's not out of the question that he might be given the same mandate to "do this your way and give us a fresh approach." For another thing (and admittedly this could perhaps negate the first), a Trek TV series would not be from the same studio that made the movie. Thanks to the odd vagaries of the Viacom breakup, the movie rights to ST are held by Paramount Pictures, while the TV rights are held by CBS Paramount Television, a separate corporation with different people in charge. So CBS/Para might not feel beholden to imitate Paramount's movie. They might want to make their own distinct incarnation of Trek.
None of that really addresses what I said: the sole business motive for putting Trek back on TV will be to capitalize on the movie's success. If the movie didn't exist, or isn't a success, Trek won't be back on TV. Reputations and corporate politics won't change that. Why would CBS be interested in doing their own version of Trek (and given their approach to TV, we'd probably get CSI: Star Trek)? Their only interest would be to make $$$ off a suddenly viable property they own, and they'd recognize that they can make a profit off the work Paramount already put into revitalizing the brand. They'd have to be idiots to reject a gift like that and go off doing their own version of Trek. CBS won't want anyone's fresh approach (they could have done that by now if they were interested). They'd be interested in capitalizing on Paramount's revitalization of the brand, if they're interested at all.

Look under the sugary surface of Daisies and it's a very macabre black comedy; the whole show is about death.
What it really lacked was a motive for the audience to keep watching. Being macabre isn't going to do it; what Fuller needed to do was raise the stakes on the drama, so that Ned stood to lose something that the audience couldn't help but care about.

Maybe I shouldn't have said Fuller is "sugary" when the real problem is that the dramatic tension was too low, and that's why people tuned out. Not sure why his other shows failed, since I never watched em, but PD failed because it gave the audience the option not to watch. TV is too competitive anymore to be able to afford that approach.

I'd be fine with Fuller taking over Trek, but he's gotta amp the dramatic tension or he'll lose the audience, which means having an underlying premise that provides that tension. Heroes already has it built-in, but Fuller never evolved the PD premise to a place where the tension would exist. It was just a nice, sweet show to watch but people could take it or leave it.

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Old April 25 2009, 06:27 PM   #15
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If my theory about what's gonna happen Monday comes true, that could be a killer set-up for S4. I'll be back with a thumbs up or down then.
Your theory sounds like "Let's nerf Sylar!"

At this rate, Heroes is going to be a show about people with superpowers who don't have any superpowers.
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