‘American Gods’ Showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller Leave Show

It never feels like good news when showrunners leave a program, but it’s even worse when it’s a particularly good show. Such is the case for Starz’s American Gods, whose first season was widely praised. However, its two showrunners, Michael Green and Bryan Fuller, are both officially leaving the show.

It seems like odd timing, since the show is now working on the scripts for its second season. While the show is based on the book by Neil Gaiman, Green and Fuller created the show and served as executive producers as well as showrunners. There is no state reason why the two left, and Starz has not put out a statement concerning their departure. Starz doesn’t seem like the type to put limits on gorey creativity (they also produce Ash vs. The Evil Dead after all). However, it is likely that this split is due to creative differences or budgetary problems of some kind.

As such, the hunt for a new showrunner is on. Originally rumors were that Gaiman would be stepping in as a co-showrunner but the author dispelled that rumor on his Twitter by saying that he was focusing on showrunning Good Omens before then returning to writing:

The good news is that Gaiman also revealed that the show is going forward as planned, so fans need not worry. American Gods would not be the first show to continue without a showrunner — Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle also lost their showrunner before their second season aired but managed to get all the episodes out and was actually good.

American Gods Season 2 was aiming for mid-2018 release but this change may leave the season coming out later in the year.

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A reporter by trade, Sara is a lover of horror, sci-fi, and all things pop culture. From indies to classics to even the strangest schlock, all movies and TV shows are fair game. She believes Batman is the most fascinating superhero, and that Silent Hill is one of the best horror franchises ever made (as long as you don't count the movies). Fun Fact: The only movie Sara will not rewatch is The Room -- once was more than enough.