American Gods Finds New Showrunner

by Erik Amaya

 

The troubled American Gods has one bit of good news: the production has found a new showrunner for the second season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jesse Alexander will replace Bryan Fuller and Michael Green as the creative head of the Starz program. Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, the show follows low level thief Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) as he serves as bodyguard to the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). Part magician, part con-man, Wednesday travels the US assembling an army of old gods to take on the new American pantheon.

The show was a success for Starz in its first season, but trouble emerged when Fuller and Green walked away from the series over a budget dispute with Freemantle, the company in charge of producing American Gods for Starz. Additionally, THR reports that Gaiman was unhappy with Fuller and Green’s plan to deviate further from his novel in the second season.

Alexander, meanwhile, is a frequent Fuller compatriot, having worked on Fuller’s Hannibal and Star Trek: Discovery, a show Fuller left because of his commitments to American Gods. Joining Alexander in the writer’s room is Gaiman himself, who will be a co-showrunner. “I’m glad that we, and the cast and crew, will have Jesse shepherding us on the way,” Gaiman said in a statement.

It is unclear when American Gods will return, but 2019 is not a bad guess.

Erik Amaya

Host of Tread Perilously and a Film/TV Writer at Comicon.com. A contributing writer at CBR, Fanbase Press, Monkeys Fighting Robots and Rotten Tomatoes. Voice of Puppet Tommy on The Room Responds. A seeker of the Seastone Chair and the owner of a Legion Flight Ring. Sorted into Gryffindor, which came as some surprise.