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It's been nearly two years since Starz's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's popular novel American Gods first introduced viewers to the war brewing between the old gods and the new, and it's probably safe to say the series has since gone on a wilder and somehow even more unpredictable journey than the one Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) embarked upon when he set off with Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) in Season 1.
The departure of original showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green following the first season was unfortunate, but a change in leadership is not an insurmountable obstacle in Hollywood. In fact, it happens more than most fans probably realize. However, American Gods' problems didn't begin and end with Fuller and Green's early exit. Actresses Gillian Anderson and Kristin Chenoweth, who played Media and Easter, respectively, both confirmed they wouldn't be returning for Season 2; new showrunner Jesse Alexander was sidelined during production on the new season, though the word fired was not used; and there were reports of blown budgets and scripts being rewritten by various actors.
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It's hard to imagine a worse situation to be in. And yet, Neil Gaiman, who serves as an executive producer on the series, assures viewers there's no reason to worry about the show they love.
"We had two showrunners who took us fantastically through Season 1. I would have loved it if they carried on with Season 2, but for their reasons they didn't. And we found Jesse, who was in the unenviable task of having to take a show that already existed and having to get in and drive it. He did a fabulous job. He put together the show. He put together a writers' room. ... It looks and feels like American Gods," he told TV Guide while promoting the series at the Television Critics...
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