Bryan Fuller Leaves American Gods, STARZ Left In The Lurch
2017 hasn’t had enough bad news apparently, so here’s American Gods Season 2 crumbling to pieces.
Distressing news from Variety, as they report that showrunner Bryan Fuller, who helmed the first season of the hit series American Gods is out at the show. There are no details on why they left if they were fired or quit, only that the team of him and Michael Green, who did the first season so well, and the production heads had hit “an impasse.”
Green and Fuller both have multiple irons in the fire elsewhere. Green is shepherding the Netflix drama “Raising Dion” and another TV series project in the works. Bryan Fuller is working on Apple’s “Amazing Stories” as well as other projects.
After hitting an impasse on plans for season two, Fuller and Green opted to bow out. The decision comes a year after Fuller exited his role as showrunner on CBS’ “Star Trek: Discovery” amid multiple production delays.
So let’s talk about what was supposed to be happening for Season 2. The book, which is a slim volume that most normal shows would have torn through in a single season, (much like, say, The Handmaid’s Tale did on Hulu) was instead piecemealed out in order to make it so the first eight-episode installment only made it through a third of the book. This required quite a bit of creativity, and padding out of minor characters into major ones, along with some very creative uses of the “Coming to America” and “Somewhere In America” interludes from the novel.
All of those interludes, for the record, are used up, but the show left itself a path to continue to make up knew. Also, as the story moves into the second “section” of the story, things become more complicated, as these characters who have been padded out are now underfoot in a way they weren’t before. Most fans were confident though, that Fuller could make this work. His padding out was very Fuller, but it complimented the Neil Gaiman penned material well.
Now with him out…we have no idea where the show is going, or who will be taking over. For some, those who might have been upset with how far the show was straying from the source material, this might be seen as a good thing. But with source material that the entire premise is requiring to stretch….that requires a steady hand. Fuller proved he could stretch things, and stretch them well.
What will STARZ do now that he’s gone? More to come as this story continues.