After nearly a year in second season development hell, it finally seems that American Gods is moving forward with production.
Bruce Langley, who plays Technical Boy in the show, posted a nice group photo of the team as they head into Season 2 production. Included alongside Langley in the photo are Ricky Whittle (Shadow), Orlando Jones (Mr. Nancy), Omid Abtahi (Salim), Mousa Kraish (The Jinn), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), Emily Browning (Laura), and Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeny). Notably absent is Ian McShane, who plays Mr. Wednesday, the central old god in the show.
American Gods has gone through quite a bit of drama since its first standout season. The show was picked up for a second season in May 2017, only a few episodes into Season 1. But in November, showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green left the show over creative and financial differences with Starz. A mere week later, Kristin Chenoweth, who played old god Easter and is a friend of Fuller's (the two worked together on Pushing Daisies), said she didn't know if she would be returning to the Starz show. Then, a month later, Gillian Anderson, who played new god Media and is also a friend of Fuller's (they worked together on Hannibal), declared that she would not return because of Fuller's exit.
It took until February of this year before a new showrunner was found, after months of speculation as to whether Neil Gaiman would just run his own creation (he is involved, but not in the day-to-day responsibilities). Ultimately, the job went to Jesse Alexander, who worked with Fuller on Hannibal. Despite another Hannibal producer taking the helm, Anderson still isn't returning; instead, the producers are looking to hire a new face to play New Media, god of social media.
The show, based on the book by Neil Gaiman, follows the struggle between old gods and new. Guest stars from Season 1 included Cloris Leachman, Crispin Glover, Corbin Bernsen, and Betty Gilpin. No word on whether any of them will return for Season 2.
There is no air date yet for American Gods Season 2, but hallelujah, at least it's moving forward!