Bryan Fuller

Bryan Fuller Biography

Bryan Fuller (born July 27, 1969) is an American screenwriter and television producer. Fuller has worked exclusively as a writer/producer in television, creating a number of critically acclaimed television series, including Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies and more recently, Hannibal.

Early life

Fuller was born in Lewiston, Idaho and was raised in Clarkston, Washington. After graduating from Clarkston High School, Fuller attended Lewis"Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. He later transferred USC School of Cinematic Arts, but had to drop out due to his tuition being too high and began working as an office temp for the next five years.


As a contributing writer, Fuller's work has been featured on several shows, including Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, earning twenty-two episode writing credits for the Star Trek franchise. He co-executive-produced and wrote for the first season of the NBC series Heroes. TV Guide named an episode of Heroes which Fuller wrote ("Company Man") one of the 100 greatest in television history.

Fuller is himself a fan of science fiction, and in an interview said that his favorite Star Trek series were the 1960s original, followed by Deep Space Nine, The Next Generation and Voyager. Fuller has called DS9 his favorite spinoff, stating: "There were lots of new and innovative things going on during Deep Space Nine and that's why it's my favorite of the new series'. It was much more character-based". Fuller worked on the DS9 episodes "The Darkness and the Light" and "Empok Nor".

Fuller has also created several shows. He created the series Dead Like Me and co-created Wonderfalls with Todd Holland. He also wrote the teleplay for the TV adaptation of Stephen King's Carrie, and created the pilot for the animated The Amazing Screw-On Head.

His series Pushing Daisies, about a pie-maker (Lee Pace) who can bring dead things back to life temporarily, debuted on ABC on October 3, 2007. On July 17, 2008 the show was nominated for twelve Emmy awards from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, including one for Fuller for Outstanding Writing of a Comedy Series. It ultimately won seven Emmy awards: for Best Supporting Actress (Kristin Chenoweth), Best Art Direction, Best Costume, Best Music, Best Make-Up, Best Editing, and Best Direction of a Comedy Series (Barry Sonnenfeld). The second season of Pushing Daisies began October 1, 2008 on ABC. In mid-November, ABC announced that it would not order new episodes for season two after the 13th. The series's final episode aired on June 13, 2009.

With the cancellation of Pushing Daisies, Fuller signed a seven-figure, two-year deal with Universal Media Studios. He rejoined the writing staff of Heroes for the 20th episode of the third season, and became a consulting producer, playing a "key role" on the writing staff. However, after working on some of the story arcs for the next season of Heroes, Fuller announced he was moving on to other projects.

Fuller owns The Living Dead Guy Productions.

Fuller is also a partner in Fuller + Roberts Co. LLC, a Los Angeles-based shop featuring vintage and custom home furnishings. Profiled in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and chosen by Elle Decor (Feb/March issue) as one of the "What's Hot! Shops" of 2011, Fuller opened the West Hollywood showroom with interior decorator Scott Roberts.

Fuller recently created two televisions series for NBC, Hannibal and Mockingbird Lane, respectively remakes/reboots of Hannibal Lecter's origin story and The Munsters. NBC ordered a 13-episode season of Hannibal. A Mockingbird Lane pilot aired on October 26, 2012, but NBC did not pick up the series. In May 2013, Hannibal was renewed for a second season of 13 episodes.


Nicknamed the "Fullerverse" by fans, all of Fuller's shows are implied to take place in the same universe.

Marianne Marie Beetle (played by actress Beth Grant) first appears in the Wonderfalls episode "Muffin Buffulo", and has subsequently appeared in the Pushing Daisies episode "Comfort Food" and in the pilot of Mockingbird Lane. Similarly, Gretchen Speck-Horowitz (played by Chelan Simmons) first appears in the Wonderfalls episode "Pink Flamingos" and subsequently appeared in the Hannibal episode "Amuse-bouche," reverting to her maiden name after her divorce.

In a more subtle nod, Fuller has also reinterpreted a few of his characters in a Mulholland Drive type way. Georgia "George" Lass (played by Ellen Muth), having first appeared in Dead Like Me was reinterpreted as Georgia Madchen (also played by Muth) in the Hannibal episodes "Buffet Froid" and "Relevés". In another nod to George Lass being a reaper (therefore both dead and alive) in Dead Like Me, in Hannibal Georgia Madchen is a killer who suffers from numerous medical conditions including Cotard's Syndrome, a delusion disorder that has her convinced she is actually dead. In a similar manner, Reggie Lass from Dead Like Me (played by Britt McKillip) was reinterpreted as Miriam Regina "Reggie" Lass (played by Anna Chlumsky), who appears in the Hannibal episode "Entrée."

Meanwhile, in the Pushing Daisies episode "Bzzzzzzzzz!", Ned mentions that he works for Happy Time Temp Agency when trying to go undercover. Happy Time Temp Agency is the place where Georgia ("George") Lass works in Dead Like Me.

Also, the fictional brand "Lil' Ivey's" first appeared in the Wonderfalls episode "Cocktail Bunny" on a box of cocktail cherries and later appeared in the Pushing Daisies episode "Kerplunk", this time on a bag of macaroni.

Frequent casting

Actor Dead Like Me (2003"2004) Wonderfalls (2004) Pushing Daisies (2007"2009) Mockingbird Lane (2012) Hannibal (2013")
Ellen Muth
Jewel Staite
Neil Grayston
Caroline Dhavernas
Chelan Simmons
Lee Pace
Diana Scarwid
Beth Grant
Ellen Greene
Raúl Esparza
Molly Shannon
Gina Torres
Eddie Izzard



Year Film Role Notes
1997 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Writer Episodes: "Empok Nor"
"The Darkness and the Light"
1997"2001 Star Trek: Voyager Writer, story editor, co-producer 81 episodes
2002 Carrie Writer TV Movie
2003"2004 Dead Like Me Creator, writer, executive producer, consulting producer 29 episodes
2004 Wonderfalls Creator, writer, executive producer 13 episodes
Nominated - Writers Guild of America Award for Episodic Comedy
2006 The Amazing Screw-On Head Writer, executive producer TV Movie (Pilot)
2006"2009 Heroes Writer, consulting producer, executive producer 33 episodes
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series
Nominated - Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation
Nominated - Writers Guild of America Award for New Series
2007"2009 Pushing Daisies Creator, writer, executive producer 22 episodes
Nominated - Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series
Nominated - Writers Guild of America Award for New Series
Nominated - Writers Guild of America Award for Episodic Comedy
Nominated - Edgar Award for Best Episode Teleplay
2012 Mockingbird Lane Writer, executive producer TV Movie (Pilot)
2013"present Hannibal Developer, writer, executive producer 26 episodes

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