Bryan Fuller is the co-creator of the new series Wonderfalls, premiering tonight at 9pm on Fox.
A dramedy which has been hailed by critics as one of the best new TV shows this year, Wonderfalls tells the story of a recent college graduate named Jaye working in a souvenir stand in Niagra Falls who is struggling with the fact that inanimate objects have suddenly started talking to her, while also dealing with her dysfunctional family, including lesbian older sister Sharon.
Fuller, formerly a writer for Dead Like Me and Star Trek: Voyager, talks candidly here about Wonderfalls and its lesbian character, as well as the networks’ discomfort with lesbian content on TV.
How would you describe Wonderfalls?
Sounds a bit like Buffy the Vampire Slayer without the vampires…
What was your inspiration for Wonderfalls?
He had a thing for the Joan of Arc legend, and we started talking about what it would mean to have someone called who really didn’t want to be called, and who might be the last person you would want to be called, and who was calling them, and all of the elements of that legend and how they might be reinvented today. We were in his kitchen talking about this, and he had a couple of salt and pepper shakers with a cow head and a bull head, and we thought “wouldn’t it be interesting if the higher power was speaking through these?”
How do you respond to the inevitable comparisons to Joan of Arcadia, besides the fact that in Wonderfalls Jaye it isn’t explicitly talking to God?
How would you describe Jaye’s lesbian sister Sharon?