American Gods on Starz has basically terminated its second showrunner, Jesse Alexander, who took over for Michael Green and Bryan Fuller last year, as the show was ramping up production for its second season.
The Hollywood Reporter exclusively broke the news of Alexander's departure, writing that he was told to cease his work on the fantasy series a month ago, due to delays on the script for the Season 2 finale.
Alexander reportedly turned in numerous scripts that have been rejected by Starz. Sources close to production say that the network is up to the seventh draft of an episode that should already be filming. Instead, the crew is taking care of reshoots and pick-ups while the script is fine-tuned.
"We are all working very hard to make American Gods the series that its fans want and deserve," Alexander said in a statement to THR.
For all intents and purposes, however, Alexander was fired (or "exiled"), asked by the show's studio, FremantleMedia North America, not to partake in editing or any other parts of production or post-production.
Nevertheless, Alexander isn't the only issue. There have reportedly been disputes between Starz, Freemantle, and writer Neil Gaiman, who are all vying for more control over the show. Add in the fact that the actors have also been rewriting scripts and tons of spending just to finish Season 2, and you've got a recipe for potential disaster.
"We stand by our network partner's statement and share in their confidence that Season 2 will exceed expectations. Our cast and crew are extremely passionate about the show and have delivered something that remains loyal to the source material and true to the creative vision of Neil Gaiman,” Freemantle said in an official statement.
Season 2 should debut sometime in 2019, but fans will get a new glimpse of the new season next month, according to a Starz spokesperson.
"American Gods has a deep and complex mythology and a unique visual style that makes this series one of the most ambitious productions on television, and one that we remain committed to delivering for our audience," they said. "We are confident that when the fans get their first look at Season 2 in just a few weeks at New York Comic Con, they will agree it was worth the wait."