Amazon’s ‘Man in the High Castle’ Still Has No Clear Showrunner

TCA 2016: “We’re running, in many ways, like a republic,” executive producer David Zucker says Sunday

Last Updated: August 7, 2016 @ 1:43 PM

We know this for sure: Frank Spotnitz is no longer the “Man in the High Castle” showrunner. Anything beyond that old news remains unclear.

When asked point-blank Sunday who the new head honcho is on Amazon’s most-watched original series, executive producer David Zucker sidestepped in response.

“We’re running, in many ways, like a republic,” he told media members at Amazon’s Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. “It’s very unique to this show. There are senior powers in every aspect of the realization of this show.”

Fellow executive producer Isa Hackett nodded at the by-committee sentiment.

Spotnitz officially left the series in May, following its freshman run. The former showrunner had reportedly clashed with Amazon execs — apparently that eventually happened one time too many.

Zucker pointed out that sans-Spotnitz, the writers’ room remains exactly the same, and the team is staying the course that Season 1 set up. You know, just without an obvious boss. Reporters expected that would be rectified this afternoon.

“No one would, I think, choose to build a show this way,” Zucker admitted. “At this point, we have a system that is working as good as we can make it, and we’re going to continue to find ways that we can improve it.”

Fans of the revised-history series will meet the titular “Man in the High Castle” in Season 2, which debuts December 16 on Amazon.

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