The Starz adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods has been renewed for a third season; however, a new showrunner will be at the helm for it, Variety reports.
The show, based on Gaiman’s novel of the same name, has experienced more than its fair share of showrunner drama during the production of its first two seasons. Season one was run by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, but that ended after Fremantle, the production studio behind the show, reportedly refused to consider upping the budget, which was already $10 million per episode. Jesse Alexander, who had worked with Bryan Fuller on Star Trek: Discovery, was brought in to run Season 2. By September of last year, however, Alexander was himself pushed out of his role. According to HR, he wasn’t fired, not exactly. He was, instead, “asked not to sit in on editing, be involved on set or participate in any other areas of production or post-production.” He was not fired, although only Wednesday himself would know what the difference was.
Now, a week into the airing of the second season, renewal for a third season has been announced and along with it a new showrunner. Season 3 will be run by Charles “Chic” Eglee (Dexter, The Walking Dead), whom Gaiman has referred to as “the best partner in crime. We’ve been working for weeks now on the shape of the season and I’m delighted that he gets to carry the American Gods torch on to glory”. Messaging from both Starz and Fremantle remains upbeat, with Carmi Zlotnik, President of Programming for Starz, taking the opportunity to get positive about the news:
“Audiences continue to worship at the altar of ‘American Gods’ and we are excited to be able to announce to all the true believers that there is more of this fantastical series to come. With Chic at the helm, the invaluable insight and contributions of Neil Gaiman and the undeniable talent of this dedicated cast and crew, we know that the show will continue to deliver on the vision and promise laid out in the novel.”
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