Late last year, the sudden exit of Bryan Fuller and Michael Green from American Gods made fans wonder about the future of Starz’ myth-driven TV series. There’s been a lot of worry but word of a new creative lead—one who’s worked with Fuller—should help quell the concerns.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Jesse Alexander will be steering the second season of American Gods. Alexander worked with Bryan Fuller on Hannibal and Star Trek: Discovery, and has been part of the teams that made Lost, Alias, and Heroes. Alexander will be working closely with Neil Gaiman, the award-winning writer who wrote the 2001 novel the show is based on. Gaiman said the following:
“I’m thrilled that Jesse is [the] showrunner. He loves and understands the book, he loves and understands the TV series and he’s dedicated to making future seasons of American Gods as good and as beautiful and as unique as they can be,” Gaiman told THR. “Shadow’s journey is going to take him, and Mr. Wednesday, and the New Gods and the Old, to some very strange places. I’m glad that we, and the cast and crew, will have Jesse shepherding us on the way.”
American Gods lost one high-profile star after Fuller and Green left, when Gillian Anderson said she wouldn’t be returning as Media, the New God who dons the appearances of different celebrities. With Alexander in place, the hope is that the rest of the cast and creatives will stick with the show to see where it goes.