Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, the showrunners behind American Gods, have departed the series. According to Variety, their decision to leave the project, which they helped develop, is said to be precipitated by FremantleMedia, roughly a year after Fuller was relieved of his duty as showrunner of CBS' Star Trek: Discovery.
The executive producer duo are said to have clashed with FremantleMedia over creative direction and budgetary concerns, as they were pushing for an increase for the second season, which the studio was unwilling to give. Green and Fuller both have other projects underway, as they are working on Netflix's Raising Dion and Apple's Amazing Stories respectively.
Based on the novel by Neil Gaiman, American Gods was renewed for a second season by Starz earlier this year in May, with an expectancy of having at least eight episodes like Season 1. This decision was likely an easy one for the network, after the show's premiere boasted a viewership of 975,000, the highest Starz has had for an original series.
Airing on the Starz Network on Sundays at 9pm E/P, American Gods was originally developed for television by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green and stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, Crispin Glover as Mr. World, Bruce Langley as Technical Boy, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney and Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday.