‘American Gods’ loses showrunner Bryan Fuller


Bryan Fuller has quit the Starz series American Gods after just one season of running the show.

This is not good news for a show that received high critical praise but failed to bring in the numbers of other shows like Outlander and Power.

However, at the same time, this should come as no surprise. Bryan Fuller has developed a reputation for leaving shows, and this is just the latest case of his inability to help build a series. As a matter of fact, it hasn’t even been a year since Fuller left Star Trek: Discovery.

Variety reported that the reason Fuller left American Gods was that he wanted more money for the budget and Starz refused his demands. According to sources, the budget per episode for season two was already close to $10 million.

Fuller’s writing partner Michael Green also left American Gods as well.

Before American Gods, Bryan Fuller created amazing TV shows such as Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls. As for Fuller will do next, Apple is planning a new 10-episode reboot of cult sci-fi series Amazing Stories. Both Fuller and Steven Spielberg are attached, with Fuller serving as the executive producer.

American Gods is based on the fantastic supernatural novel by Neil Gaiman about an ex-convict named Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) who ends up stuck in the middle of a war between old gods (e.g. Odin, Loki, Easter) and new gods, such as the gods of media and technology. Ian McShane (Deadwood) stars as the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, while Gillian Anderson (X-Files) stars as Media.

Neil Gaiman chose not to comment on the change in the creative team, although he did say on Twitter that he is sorry to see them leave.

Starz has not announced how it plans to replace Bryan Fuller as showrunner.

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It is also unknown when season 2 will air, although the original estimated April 2018 date likely won’t happen now.