“American Gods” Loses Its Showrunners

Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are both stepping down as showrunners of Starz and Amazon’s mythological fantasy drama series “American Gods” which was renewed for a second season back in May.

Fuller and Green created the adaptation of the 2001 Neil Gaiman novel and served as showrunners and executive producers during the show’s eight episode first season which was released through Amazon in many markets outside the United States.

Deadline reports that most of the scripts have already been written and there is a possibility that Gaiman himself, who authored the award-winning novel the series is based on, might join as co-showrunner. That is uncertain as Gaiman is also working on a “Good Omens” adaptation.

Cast were informed yesterday of Fuller and Green’s departure. Reviews for the early episodes of the first season were strong, but the back half of the season was hit by heavy criticism and the buzz around the very surreal show faded quickly after launch.

A new showrunner is now being sought. Whether the next season will make its planned mid-2018 launch is unclear. Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Gillian Anderson, Orlando Jones, Crispin Glover, Kristin Chenoweth, Peter Stormare, Corbin Bernsen, Yetide Badaki and Pablo Schreiber lead the cast.

Fuller is best known for creating shows such as “Hannibal” & “Pushing Daisies” and famously left development of “Star Trek: Discovery” to work on ‘Gods’. Green was a producer on the likes of “Kings,” “Heroes” and “Everwood” and wrote three of this year’s biggest films – “Logan,” “Blade Runner 2049” and “Murder on the Orient Express” along with having a story credit on “Alien: Covenant”.

Fuller is now working on an “Amazing Stories” reboot for Apple, Green is slated to pen the ‘Orient Express’ follow-up based on Agatha Christie’s “Death on the Nile”.