‘American Gods’ Picks New Showrunner for Season 2

Jesse Alexander will helm Starz fantasy series with Neil Gaiman

Last Updated: February 2, 2018 @ 5:44 PM

“Lost” producer Jesse Alexander has been named the new showrunner of Starz series “American Gods.” He’ll helm Season 2 alongside the “Gods” graphic novel author, Neil Gaiman.

Alexander also counts “Alias,” “Heroes” and “Hannibal” among his credits. He recently did some work on CBS All Access series “Star Trek: Discovery.”

Bryan Fuller and Michael Green left the show they adapted from Gaiman’s work after one season. The search for a replacement has been on since then. It’s all taken quite a while.

“Neil Gaiman will be taking more of a central role and moving forward into a more traditional showrunner function,” Starz chief Chris Albrecht said last month at the Television Critics Association press tour. “And we’re looking for a partner for him who can ensure that the television part of this gets appropriate attention.”

Oh, hey Chris? What happened to Fuller and Green anyway? “They were not fired nor did they quit,” Albrecht answered, when pushed.

Alright. As for the show’s cast, well, that is a whole ‘nother story.

“Gillian Anderson seems to be leaving everything, but this was not a surprise,” Albrecht said in January, referring to the actress’s announcement that she is done with “X-Files.” “We knew that she was not necessarily going to be able to come back.”

“But Kristen Chenoweth — as far as we all know — is still committed to the show, obviously pending her availability,” he continued. “As you are seeing, we’re having some trouble getting the second season underway. It’s an incredibly difficult adaptation of a fantastic novel.”