When it’s too good to be true it’s too good to be true, after almost having the season running smoothly along, starz has sidelined show runner Jesse Alexander. Not even six months after Alexander came onboard after the shock exit from Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, the delayed second season has just been dealt another major setback. An article published on The Hollywood Reporter, tiptoes around using the word “Fired” to describe Alexanders exit, however multiple source have said that there are very specific requirements of him being “Sidelined”.
“Alexander will no longer be acting as an executive producer, he will no longer be working on the hyper-stylized drama as a writer or showrunner, and has been asked not to sit in on editing, be involved on set or participate in any other areas of production or postproduction.”
According to THR, Alexander’s script for the finale was rejected by Starz multiple times, which is one of the factors in why the production was put on hiatus. Production for season two is already six weeks behind schedule, rumour has it that the God Squad is still yet to receive any copies of the script for the show’s finale, because there isn’t any script, so instead of shooting the season finale, which should have been in production already, American Gods has been filming pickups and reshoots of earlier episodes.
Neil Gaiman and Jesse Alexander earlier this year.
Starz is also said to be unhappy with Alexander, who according to several accounts, wanted to take American Gods in a more conventional direction. The network was hesitant to move forward with the evolution Alexander had planned, instead wanting more of the atmospheric, hypnotic tone that Green and Fuller had created.
To read the full article on THR in detail in regards to Alexanders exit click here, well there is your monthly American Gods update, it seems that unfortunately things for Season Two haven’t run as smoothly as we would’ve like but they do say that a season without any issue isn’t a season worth watching.
How do you feel about Alexander being sidelined, do you think that season two will be better off without him? Do you think that Gaiman will step in and write the shows season finale? – Let us know your thoughts by leaving us a comment.
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