God darn it! Gillian Anderson isn't returning to American Gods

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Jan 5, 2018, 9:00 PM EST

On the heels of her return to The X-Files (which could be her last season as Scully), Gillian Anderson says she won't reprise her role as Media in Starz's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel American Gods.

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Anderson said she won't be returning to play the new god, one of the show's standout characters, due to the departure of showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. In the first season of American Gods, Anderson portrayed well-known pop culture icons Marilyn Monroe, David Bowie, and Lucille Ball in her role as the god Media.

Fuller and Green departed American Gods back in November due to budgetary and creative differences with the production company behind the show. Since their departure, star Kristin Chenoweth also expressed uncertainty about her return to the show as the old goddess Easter. Anderson previously worked with Fuller on Hannibal, and Chenoweth starred in the much-loved (and short-lived) Pushing Daisies, so reuniting with Fuller was likely a big plus for both when signing on to American Gods.

So far, no word on who could be tapped as the new showrunner, and Gaiman already took his name out of contention. So with most of the second season apparently already written, it seems like the number of unknowns is stacking up. Let's hope the gods have a grand plan they're puzzling together for Season 2.

(via io9)