The second season of American Gods is in serious trouble. The Neil Gaiman series’ first season was met with praise but ever since it ended its been a downward spiral. Showrunners Brad Fuller and Michael Green quit due to budget constraints and then actress Gillian Anderson quit. New showrunner, Jesse Alexander, was then brought it but he has quickly fallen behind schedule.
Although Alexander hasn’t been fired, The Hollywood Reporter has said he also is no longer on set working.
Per AV Club:
The story says that there were major clashes between Alexander and the cast from the very beginning, with his vision for the show reportedly not lining up with what the actors and crew liked about Green and Fuller’s version. THR says there would be “screaming matches” between Alexander and star Ian McShane, who eventually started rewriting the scripts himself to try and improve his dialogue. It sounds like the problem was that Fremantle (the production company behind American Gods) and Gaiman wanted Alexander to make a cheaper, more straightforward show that was a straight adaptation of the book, while Starz and the cast wanted the stylish fantasy drama that Green and Fuller made in season one. Now, Fremantle has been forced to spend way more money than the original budget planned for in an attempt to clean up the messes that have already been made, with one source saying “they’re spending to spice up what was flat on the page.” Whatever the end result of this madness will be, the new season of American Gods will premiere next year.
American Gods is a television series based on the novel of the same name, written by Neil Gaiman and developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green for the premium cable network Starz. Produced by FremantleMedia North America and distributed by Lionsgate Television, the series premiered on April 30, 2017. Ricky Whittle plays the series’ lead Shadow Moon, who meets a strange man named Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) after being released from prison, and soon becomes embroiled in a large-scale conflict between the Old Gods and the New Gods, who grow stronger each day.