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#3780

I hear you. Since Relic Hunter ended there’s been nothing :frowning:


#3781

What are you talking about? There was Veritas: The Quest For Truth very briefly.


#3782

‘American Gods’ Hires New Showrunner for Season 2

Jesse Alexander, whose credits include working with Bryan Fuller on ‘Hannibal’ and ‘Star Trek: Discovery,’ will run the Starz and Fremantle drama alongside Neil Gaiman.

After an extensive search, American Gods has enlisted a new showrunner for season two.

Jesse Alexander, who worked with Bryan Fuller on shows including Hannibal and Star Trek: Discovery, will take over showrunning duties alongside novel scribe Neil Gaiman.

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Alexander replaces Fuller and Michael Green, who together developed the Fremantle-produced Starz drama and oversaw its freshman season. Fuller and Green were fired in November after clashing with Fremantle on the show’s (rapidly expanding) budget. A search for a new showrunner to work alongside Gaiman — who has an overall deal with Fremantle — began almost immediately. Sources tell THR that several established showrunners declined offers for the job.

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Fuller and Green had already written the first six episodes of season two, with sources noting Fremantle planned to toss those scripts and start from scratch with Alexander. In addition to budget concerns, sources note Gaiman was also unhappy with the direction Fuller and Green planned to take season two as their vision was not a straight adaptation of his source material. Gaiman is said to have wanted a showrunner to come in and produce a straight take on his novel (which would include ignoring the cliffhanger from season one).

Insiders note that Fuller and Green had a contentious relationship with Fremantle on season one of American Gods, with the freshman run coming in at an estimated $30 million over budget. Originally ordered for 10 episodes, the show underwent multiple rewrites, with Fuller scrapping a couple of episodes and reworking others for what wound up as an eight-episode season. Fremantle set a $9 million-an-episode budget on season two, sources say, with Fuller and Green asking for more to produce 10 episodes of high-concept drama.

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Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told reporters in January that Fuller and Green were neither fired nor did they quit, and that the two would still be involved with American Gods “as much as they can be,” though sources stress that neither will have any more to do with the show other than onscreen credits. “It’s not ideal to have 18 months or two years between seasons,” Albrecht admitted of the behind-the-scenes troubles on American Gods. “It’s not an inexpensive show. Budget is always a factor. There needs [to be] a vision that can be executed on a regular basis.”

The show was envisioned to return in January 2019, with the long delay in finding a new showrunner making that date unlikely. Albrecht, though, remains invested in the show’s return.

“We’re very committed to American Gods,” he said. “The show did very well for us. We’re hoping for many more years of American Gods to appear on Starz.”

Alexander has spent time with Fuller on multiple shows, including CBS All Access’ Star Trek: Discovery — which Fuller exited as showrunner to focus on American Gods — as well as Hannibal and Heroes. His résumé also includes Alias and Lost. He’s repped by ICM Partners and Kleinberg Lange.


#3783

This may not be a bad thing. There were some amazing bits in American Gods, but it never quite came together.


#3784

Unfortunately one of the better bits was the absurd visuals which surpassed pretty much all tv shows, and now we know why…


#3785

The show just needs more Clovis Leachman and Gillian Anderson


#3786

Anderson announced she’s not coming back.


#3787

I know; it doesn’t change the validity of my statement.


#3788

A change in show runner also opens the door for a change of heart by Anderson.

If she likes what they offer her…


#3789

What? She doesn’t like doing slapstick?


#3791

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#3793

Struck by lightning on the toilet?


#3794

Struck by a toilet while watching lightning.


#3795

Struck by Lightning McQueen while watching a toilet.


#3796

Struck by a 12" of Flash by Queen.


#3797

And also a toilet


#3798

My wife loves this show and was very weepy by the end.


#3799

Details about the plot and characters in The Politician are being kept under wraps but, according to a source close to the show, it revolves around the politician aspirations of Platt’s Payton, a wealthy Santa Barbarian, and every season will revolve around a different political race that character is involved in.

I hear that Platt will have musical numbers in several episodes of the show. That, along with the potential involvement of Paltrow and Streisand, helped drive interest in the project, sparking a heated bidding and leading to the big Netflix deal.


#3800

Jumping on that crazy ex girlfriend bandwagon