Global  

Celebrating 10 Years of Trusted News Discovery
One News Page
> >

Neil Gaiman on ‘American Gods’ Season 2 Troubles: ‘Hysteria Is an Unfair Word’

The Wrap Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Neil Gaiman on ‘American Gods’ Season 2 Troubles: ‘Hysteria Is an Unfair Word’Neil Gaiman opened up about the troubled production of Starz’s adaptation of his “American Gods,” which has experienced extensive delays in getting season 2 on the air, including showrunner changes.

“There was a certain amount of — hysteria is an unfair word — but there were definitely some reports that I thought were fairly hysterical,” Gaiman, who serves as an executive producer, told TheWrap Tuesday. “This is some of the stuff that happens.”

Michael Green and Bryan Fuller, who originally adapted Gaiman’s 2001 novel for Starz, left the series after the first season, with Jesse Alexander taking their place. Starz didn’t give a straight answer about why the duo left the series, with network chief Chris Albrecht saying at the Television Critics Association press tour a year ago, “They were not fired nor did they quit.”

*Also Read:* 'American Gods' at Long Last Gets a Trailer for Season 2 (Video)

“It would’ve been great if Bryan and Michael had stayed and finished,” Gaiman said, adding that the two had started outlining season 2 and had a few scripts at last partially done, “and then they left.” That’s when the show brought in Alexander, who had worked with Fuller on the first season. “We knew that the show would be in good hands.”

But then last fall, it was reported that Alexander was no longer working on the show.  At the time, Starz and the show’s studio Fremantle declined to comment on Alexander’s status. On Tuesday, Gaiman argued that Alexander was brought in simply to be a bridge to make sure the season was finished.

“He showran and ran the writers room and then sort of faded away,” he said. “What Jesse was hired to do, was take a show that was an ongoing show, that had been commissioned that suddenly didn’t have two showrunners, and pick up that ball that was now dropped and get it over the finish line.”

*Also Read:* 'American Gods': Kristin Chenoweth Will Not Return for Season 2

Because he was so busy with “Good Omens,” where he serves as showrunner, Gaiman said he didn’t have as much time to spend with “American Gods” compared to the first season, though he was able to give Alexander “the macro plot” for season two. He admitted that Alexander was having trouble cracking the story, most notably with one of the main locales for season 2: The House on The Rock. This is where Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) takes Shadow (Ricky Whittle) to first meet with The Old Gods, a major plot point in the book that the Starz adaptation didn’t cover in the first season. It’s also the name of the first episode of season 2.

“It was obvious from [Alexander’s first draft] that he’d never actually been to the House on the Rock,” Gaiman said, adding that Alexander tried to visit the physical location in Wisconsin where the place is based off of, but snow canceled his flight. “He also hadn’t written the characters before.” That’s when Gaiman said he stepped in and took Alexander’s draft and spruced it up “just get the characters down a little bit more.”

Along with the showrunner shakeup, “American Gods” has seen casting changes going into its sophomore year, with Gillian Anderson (who played Media) replaced by Kahyun Kim (who will play New Media), and the additions of Dean Winters as Mr. Town, who works with Mr. World (Glover) to find out what Shadow knows about Mr. Wednesday’s plan and Devery Jacobs as Sam Black Crow. Kristin Chenoweth, who played the god Easter in the first season, also departed the series.

*Also Read:* 'American Gods': Kahyun Kim to Replace Gillian Anderson

Despite all the troubles and production delays — the show finally returns next month after a nearly two-year absence — Gaiman is pleased with the finished product for season two, and remains hopeful for season three.

“The proof is in the pudding. It still feels like ‘American Gods,'” he said, adding that “The Walking Dead” survived “just fine” following original showrunner Frank Darabount’s messy departure. “I’m very much looking forward to the point where we can announce who is showrunning season 3.”

“American Gods” will premiere season 2 on Sunday, March 10 at 10 p.m. ET/PT

*Related stories from TheWrap:*

Starz's 'Now Apocalypse' Had No 'Time or Budget' for Intimacy Coordinators, Creator Gregg Araki Says

JK Simmons' 'Counterpart' Canceled by Starz After 2 Seasons

Chris Albrecht to Step Down as Starz CEO
0
shares
ShareTweetSavePostSend
 
Credit: Entertainment Weekly - Published < > Embed
News video: The Cast of 'American Gods' Is Happy to be Back for Season 2

▶ The Cast of 'American Gods' Is Happy to be Back for Season 2 02:14

The Cast of 'American Gods' Is Happy to be Back for Season 2

Recent related videos from verified sources

‘American Gods’ Recap And Season 2 Preview [Video]‘American Gods’ Recap And Season 2 Preview

“American Gods” cast members Orlando Jones, Emily Browning, and Yetide Badaki tell ET Canada’s Keshia Chante what fans can expect in season 2 of the Amazon Prime series.

Credit: ETCanada     Duration: 02:00Published

Cast Of ‘American Gods’ Talk Season 2 [Video]Cast Of ‘American Gods’ Talk Season 2

Pablo Schreiber and Ricky Whittle of “American Gods” sit down with ET Canada’s Carlos Bustamante in studio, revealing details about the upcoming second season of their hit drama series.

Credit: ETCanada     Duration: 02:03Published

American Gods S02E02 The Beguiling Man [Video]American Gods S02E02 The Beguiling Man

American Gods 2x02 "The Beguiling Man" Season 2 Episode 2 Promo - Promising vengeance for the death of a beloved old god, Mr. Wednesday begins preparation for a great battle; Laura and Mad Sweeney..

Credit: Teaser-Trailer.com     Duration: 00:31Published

'American Gods' Season 2 Premiere Red Carpet [Video]"American Gods" Season 2 Premiere Red Carpet

http://www.maximotv.com || Broll footage: Emily Browning, Ian McShane, Omid Abtahi, Pablo Schreiber, Sakina Jaffrey, Mousa Kraish, Demore Barnes, Ricky Whittle, Crispin Glover, Bruce Langley, Yetide..

Credit: MaximoTV     Duration: 04:26Published

Ricky Whittle On The New Season Of STARZ's 'American Gods' [Video]Ricky Whittle On The New Season Of STARZ's "American Gods"

Starring Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon and Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, “American Gods” is a one-hour drama adapted from Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel about a war brewing between Old Gods and..

Credit: AOL Build VOD     Duration: 36:10Published

Ricky Whittle Talks Bulking Up And Getting Naked For STARZ's 'American God' [Video]Ricky Whittle Talks Bulking Up And Getting Naked For STARZ's "American God"

Seriously swole main character of STARZ's "American Gods" Ricky Whittle chats about his insane diet to bulk up for the nude scenes of the show.

Credit: AOL Build VOD     Duration: 02:02Published

‘American Gods’ Ricky Whittle Reveals He 'Proposed' to Costar Kristin Chenoweth on Set [Video]‘American Gods’ Ricky Whittle Reveals He 'Proposed' to Costar Kristin Chenoweth on Set

Season 2 of ‘American Gods’ premieres 3/10 on Starz.

Credit: People     Duration: 02:24Published

‘American Gods’ Star Ricky Whittle Reveals on Going Prank War on Set [Video]‘American Gods’ Star Ricky Whittle Reveals on Going Prank War on Set

Season 2 of ‘American Gods’ premieres 3/10 on Starz.

Credit: People     Duration: 01:45Published

Ricky Whittle Says ‘American Gods’ Is ‘Shining a Light’ on the Beautiful Diversity in America [Video]Ricky Whittle Says ‘American Gods’ Is ‘Shining a Light’ on the Beautiful Diversity in America

Season 2 of ‘American Gods’ premieres 3/10 on Starz.

Credit: People     Duration: 01:12Published

Yetide Badaki 'American Gods' Season 2 Premiere Red Carpet [Video]Yetide Badaki "American Gods" Season 2 Premiere Red Carpet

http://www.maximotv.com || Broll footage: Yetide Badaki on the red carpet at the ‘American Gods’ season 2 premiere held at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, California USA on March 5, 2019 || "This..

Credit: MaximoTV     Duration: 01:13Published


Recent related news from verified sources

American Gods season 2 promo teases forthcoming battle in Neil Gaiman adaptation

Returning cast members include Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane
Independent Also reported by •NPRMashable

Emily Browning & Ricky Whittle Celebrate 'American Gods' Season 2 Premiere!

Emily Browning happily strikes a pose with her co-star Ricky Whittle on the red carpet at the season two premiere of their series American Gods held at the Ace...
Just Jared Also reported by •MashableThe Verge

You Might Like


Tweets about this


Other recent news in US

Hallmark cuts ties with Lori Loughlin after college ADMISSIONS SCANDALJUSSIE SMOLLETT Pleads Not Guilty to 16 Felony Charges in Chicago
U.S. COURT RULES families can sue gun maker over Sandy Hook shootingRosario Dawson Confirms She’s Dating PRESIDENTIAL Contender Cory Booker: ‘So Far, So Wonderful’
Environmentally friendly: One News Page is hosted on servers powered solely by renewable energy
© 2019 One News Page Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
About us  |  Contact us  |  Disclaimer  |  Press Room  |  Terms & Conditions  |  Content Accreditation
 RSS  |  News for my Website  |  Free news search widget  |  In the News  |  DMCA / Content Removal  |  Privacy & Data Protection Policy
How are we doing? FeedbackSend us your feedback  |   LIKE us on Facebook   FOLLOW us on Twitter  •  FOLLOW us on Pinterest
One News® is a registered trademark of One News Page Ltd.