More American Gods Drama…

Posted: 09/13/2018 in Uncategorized

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REPORT: American Gods Showrunner ‘Fired but Not Fired’

by  in TV News CBR

Amid reports of a troubled second season, it appears that American Gods showrunner Jesse Alexander has been sidelined and asked to stop working on the Starz drama — though he hasn’t technically been fired.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alexander was asked to halt his involvement on American Gods sometime last month, though he has not been let go. While still credited as an executive producer, Alexander has been requested not to write, edit or work on any aspect of the show’s production or post-production.

He has, in essence, been “fired but not fired,” according to one source. A new showrunner has not been announced. Some have suggested that Fremantle, the studio behind American Gods, preferred to “exile” Alexander rather than deal with the negative press that would come with losing a second showrunner in as many seasons.

After replacing first season showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, Fremantle hoped that Alexander would be able to right the ship of American Gods after the production notably lost Gillian Anderson (Media) and Kristin Chenoweth (Easter) when Fuller and Green departed. Instead, production is six weeks behind schedule, over-budget and reportedly in disarray.

Friction between Fremantle and Starz — as well as more involvement from Neil Gaiman, author of the novel upon which American Gods is based — after Alexander began taking the show in a “more conventional direction” are reportedly key sources of tension on set.

In addition, there have been reports that Alexander and actor Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday) regularly got into “screaming matches” over rewrites to the script. Many of the season’s scripts were reported to have been rewritten on set, with McShane and other actors changing dialogue to the point that Fremantle was forced to include Orlando Jones (Mr. Nancy) as a writer on the series so as not to run afoul of Writers Guild of America rules.

In a statement, Alexander said simply: “We are all working very hard to make American Gods the series that its fans want and deserve.”

A spokesperson for Starz was similarly tight-lipped, only addressing the delays obliquely and saying the second season would be “worth the wait.”

The second season of American Gods is set to debut on Starz sometime in 2019, with a “first look” set for New York Comic-Con, which runs Oct. 4 to Oct. 7, 2018.

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