Despite a tumultuous production, Starz has renewed American Gods for a third season after airing only one episode from Season 2.
In addition to the renewal news, Variety reports that Charles “Chic” Eglee will become the show's third showrunner in as many seasons. Eglee has previous experience working as an executive producer on shows like The Walking Dead, The Shield and Dexter. Eglee also co-created 2000's Dark Angel alongside James Cameron. He also worked extensively with Steven Bochco in the '90s and co-created Murder One with Bocho and Channing Gibson.
“I’m thrilled American Gods has been renewed for a third season, and even more thrilled that I’m getting to work on it with Chic Eglee,” author Neil Gaiman said. “Chic is the best partner-in-crime. We’ve been working for weeks now on the shape of the season and I’m delighted that he gets to carry the ‘American Gods’ torch on to glory."
Under the guidance of Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, the first season of American Gods was incredibly well-received, with Fuller bringing his unique sensibilities to the show. However, Fuller and Green left amidst concerns about the budget as well as conflicts with American Gods author Neil Gaiman on the direction of the show.
Starz later brought in Jesse Alexander, who worked with Fuller on Hannibal, but he was removed from his role midway through the production, and the second season ended up with no showrunner by the time production ended.
Season 2 kicked off on Sunday night with "House on the Rock," which saw the new gods preparing for war in retaliation for the Easter Event at the end of Season 1. Although the reviews for that premiere are much more negative than any episode in the previous season, Starz seems confident that the series will succeed.
Based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name, American Gods, starring Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Crispin Glover, Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki, Ian McShane, Mousa Kraish, Kahyum Kim, Demore Barnes, Orlando Jones and Chris Obi is currently airing its second season on Starz.