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An Example of an Awesome Showrunner: Bryan Fuller

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06/04/2013 9:12 pm
An Example of an Awesome Showrunner: Bryan Fuller

Jamie Harsip

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Once upon a time I wished that Bryan Fuller wrote Glee. Seriously, imagine how perfect that show could be with the guy who created Pushing Daisies at the helm (calm yourselves, Gleeks; I’m not dissing your show)? I don’t feel that way anymore, though, because if he did Glee we would not have NBC’s Hannibal. And without NBC’s Hannibal we would not get Fuller’s awesome live-tweets of the episodes. And without the live-tweets I would never know just how fantastic a show-runner Bryan Fuller really is. Honestly, you guys, I look forward to the tweets almost as much as I do the episode because they’re so great. And I don’t just mean that they’re funny, or that they’re entertaining, or that they’re informative. Bryan Fuller’s live tweets are all of these things, yes, but mostly they’re just so damn enthusiastic. And that’s my favorite part.  

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It’s not every creator of every show that exudes so much sheer excitement about what they’ve made. It’s made abundantly clear every Thursday that no one is more excited about Hannibal than Bryan Fuller is, and it’s positively infectious. I have learned that I will never have to search the internet to figure out which particular piece of classical music or opera is playing in the background of a given scene because he’ll already have tweeted about it. And, by the way, I now know how Hannibal could make drinking water out of blood, thanks to Fuller’s tweeted response to a fan’s query on the subject. Oh, and then there are the tidbits and informative links that he tweets about certain subjects mentioned on the show. Did you know that divination by cheese is a real thing? No, I didn’t either until Fuller explained tyromancy to his followers.

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Fuller will also routinely acknowledge, thank the creators of, and share Hannibal fan art that their respective creators tweet to him.  And speaking of Fuller’s tweeting of pictures, he’s also very open-handed with behind-the-scenes photos from on the set of Hannibal. And who doesn’t love those? It’s not just photos of the actors, either. Bryan Fuller gives his followers access to things that the average TV fan would never be privy to about the production of their favorite TV show. He tweets concept art, makeup process shots, the production layouts of the places we see on the show, and so much more. It almost feels like we viewers have the opportunity to be a part of the show’s creative process. We are invited into the minds of the people who are responsible for this show, and it’s really amazing, particularly for people who are interested in careers in film and television. There’s so much that goes into creating a TV show and I, for one, am grateful that Bryan Fuller takes the time, both during his live tweets and not, to give us a peek behind the metaphorical curtain.

All of these things are reasons that I adore Bryan Fuller, but now let’s talk about his work itself. I will shamefully cop to the fact that I’ve only ever watched Hannibal and Pushing Daisies out of the things he’s created, but I think the cult following that Dead Like Me has gathered speaks for itself. Pushing Daisies was the first TV show that ‘s cancelation truly upset me, because it was incredible. You could tell just from looking at a screen shot that it was an incredible show, in all honesty; every frame is picture perfect. And now there’s Hannibal, which has the same strong points but which manifest themselves in different ways. Whereas Pushing Daisies took place in the bright, bubbly, and downright adorable town of Cour de Cours, Hannibal takes place largely in the neutral-colored, almost bleak town of Wolf Trap, Virginia. The color palettes used in these shows are almost characters unto themselves. The visual composition of Bryan Fuller’s work has the tendency to give viewers a fully realized element of life to his work.

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But the bottom line is, how often are the people who create these hit TV shows as interactive as Bryan Fuller is? How often are they so excited about what they’ve made that they just want everyone to know all the nuances of its conception? The fact is there aren’t many people who are as excited about what they do as this guy, and it’s a beautiful to see. I can only hope that one day I’ll find a career that I find half as exciting and fulfilling as Bryan Fuller does his. 

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