Gillian Anderson Quits American Gods, Breaks All Our Hearts
One day we’ll find out why STARZ caused Bryan Fuller to quit this series, but the damage is done, and the show is probably over.
American Gods, for a beautiful brief shining moment, was fun while it lasted. But I suppose, like all good things, it couldn’t last. With Bryan Fuller and Michael green having quit as showrunners, and Kristen Chenoweth openly questioning how they could be replaced, it was only a matter of time before the cast started moving on.
Today that first cast member did, Gillian Anderson announced she would not be returning as Media for Season 2. That either means the character will be cut, or she will be recast, neither of which is a good option.
Speaking to The LA Times on her leaving The X-Files, Anderson made it clear that her leaving American Gods was a direct result of STARZ causing Fuller and Green to quit.
“It has been an extraordinary gift and I’m incredibly grateful for the existence of Scully in my life and for the gift that Chris gave me in casting me, and my friendship with David, and it’s been a wonderful run, but I’ve got other things to do.”
One of those things, unfortunately, will not be appearing again as the new god Media in the second season of “American Gods” on Starz. Anderson says the departure of showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green means she will not return to the show.
Let us be very real here. The race to find the “Next Game of Thrones” had not had an ugly turn like this before. Everything that has come in its wake that made it to the small screen has managed to at least limp through a couple of seasons before being put down. This is the first active series in this class of “prestige TV” where there was literally nothing wrong (well nothing so far) and then all of a sudden the wheels start shooting off in all directions.
Not to say the show was perfect. As I noted in my recaps, this was a sliver of a book they were basing the first season on, barely 180 pages, which meant a bunch of filler, and a bunch of additions. How exactly the plan would go to sustain this for two more seasons (if indeed each year was to be one-third of the book) was unclear. But the amount of creativity Green and Fuller put into the way they stretched the material gave me confidence it could be done.
Now, no there is no confidence. Not from the cast certainly, and that vote of No Confidence will quickly translate to the fans. One day, in some tell-all book about this decade of TV, someone will devote a chapter to how this happened and why, and what it was that was so terrible that STARZ couldn’t see their way straight to letting Fuller and Green do it.
Until then, we’re taking American Gods off the recap schedule for the foreseeable future. That’s one less show to worry about…..