Will “American Gods” Dip in Quality Without Bryan Fuller as Showrunner?

Matthew Loffhagen
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If you enjoyed “American Gods” season one, and you’re looking forward to more from Bryan Fuller and the team, prepare to be disappointed.

The showrunner who helmed the first season of Neil Gaiman’s mythological road trip series has now departed, taking several key members of his production team with him.

Apparently, the reason for this departure is one of impatience from the executives behind the show. Certain key figures within Starz were unhappy that Fuller, busy with a lot of other projects, wasn’t moving faster to get season two of “American Gods” ready, so they took the most logical course of action: ditch Fuller and get in someone else who can keep up a better pace of production on the show.

It’s clear that Starz expects “American Gods” to be a big earner for them for many years to come, and that the network isn’t interested in slowly eeking out seasons of the show over a long period of time. This needs to be happening every year, religiously (in every sense of the word), until people stop wanting to watch the show any more.

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The problem is, changing up the showrunner for a series like “American Gods” is a sure-fire way to change the formula enough to make people stop caring altogether in a very short space of time.

The question is whether this new version of “American Gods” can survive with someone different at the helm – was Bryan Fuller instrumental to the future success of this franchise, or is Neil Gaiman’s continued involvement in the project enough to allow the show to keep momentum based on the groundwork that Fuller has already put in place.

If we look at another project that was kicked off by Fuller, “Star Trek: Discovery”, it’s clear that this showrunner is capable of setting things in motion that prove popular, even if he doesn’t stick around.

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That said, there are plenty of people who don’t care for “Discovery” and its violent, action-heavy interpretation of the “Star Trek” universe. It’s hard not to wonder what the show could have been if Fuller had remained at the helm instead of jumping off to work on “American Gods” instead.

No doubt there’s still a lot of good talent working on “American Gods”, and season two will still prove to be enjoyable.

It’s worth assuming, though, that the series will become a very different beast from this point on, with a different style and core ideology, once Fuller’s replacement, whoever that might be, starts putting their own spin on Gaiman’s original universe.

What’s funny about this kind of thing is that kicking Fuller off the project means there’ll be more delays to the release of season two of the show. Starz no doubt expects that after an initially larger break, things will run a little more smoothly, but there’s every chance that “American Gods” could lose momentum altogether without Bryan Fuller calling the shots.