'Star Trek: Discovery' will feature a female lead and a gay character

On the same day CBS went on the defensiveabout the lack of diversity on its fall schedule, "Star Trek: Discovery" executive producer Bryan Fuller made clear that his new series will not have that problem.

Fuller announced Wednesday that the new show will feature a female lead character and honor the franchise's history of inclusion.

    "'Star Trek' started with a wonderful expression of diversity in its cast. You had a Russian with a black woman and an Asian man amongst a Vulcan, which is a different kind of diversity," Fuller told reporters at a panel for the show at the Television Critics Association press tour. "We're absolutely continuing that tradition."

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