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Season 2 Of 'American Gods' Facing Trouble

Season 2 Of 'American Gods' Facing Trouble

The first season of American Gods only made it through about a third of the book, which means - if we want to see the rest of this weird, wonderful tale brought to life - we need a Season 2. and 3. and, you know what, we'll take as many as we can get. Via The Hollywood Reporter, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht told reporters at the TCA winter press tour that American Gods' first season had performed well with viewers, and that he's hopeful there'll be "many more years" for the show - even as Gaiman's official creative role in the series (and exactly what that is) has spurred much discussion. Per The Wrap, Albrecht specifically said that Gaiman "will be taking more of a central role and moving forward into a more traditional showrunner function" on the show's sophomore season. "We're looking for a partner for him who can ensure that the television part of this gets the appropriate attention".

Albrect also noted that Fuller and Green will still be involved in the series but that negotiations are still ongoing as to what their exact roles with the show will be.

"Bryan and Michael will be involved as much as they can be", Albrecht said.

"Not surprisingly if you've seen the show it's not an low-cost show", Albrecht said.

"Our partners at Fremantle are working with Bryan and Michael and their schedules, working out a way for them to continue to be involved", Albrecht said. "Budget is always a factor, although Freemantle has been really terriffic in being willing to invest".

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Albrecht summarized that the show is experiencing growing pains and "having some trouble getting the second season underway" - challenges that "terrific, complex premium shows face when trying to get successive seasons, especially when art comes before commerce". This is about a vision that can be [maintained] on a regular basis. Freemantle needs to know there is a formula to get the show on. And it might be that Michael and Bryan were doing, and their schedule, did not allow them to focus in a way that Freemantle wanted.

On Anderson and Chenoweth's possible departures, "I think there's been some confusion around the cast exits", he said. "Gillian Anderson seems to be leaving everything, but it wasn't a surprise she wasn't going to be able to come back".

The second season of American Gods was halted in its tracks late past year when it was announced executive producers and co-showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green would be departing the visually stunning Starz series.

Rumors of Kristin Chenoweth, who plays the god Easter, leaving the show have been exaggerated.

Still, Albrecht said the network is committed to the show, which was given a quick Season 2 renewal early into its Season 1 run.


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