There was already much information on American Gods in the ether before Starz brought Neil Gaiman and the cast on Friday to the New York Comic Con. Bryan Fuller and Michael Green left for the first season as Showrunner, apparently because of creative differences. That already delayed production, but a new report released in September cited additional hiccups with wave scripts, on-set tension and the departure of the next showrunner, Jesse Alexander.
Backstage in front of the show's big comic con panel As a first look at fans, they've been working on some of these issues.
"It was bullsh-" Gaiman EW said of the reports. The author of American God's book and executive producer on the show wanted to make it clear that he is not a "Machiavellian figure getting out showrunners". He continued, "I've been offered the Showrunner Job several times, and I can not, it does not work that way I'm doing Good omen." It's a full-time thing, so I wanted Bryan and Michael to succeed I wanted Jesse to succeed and I think Jesse did an amazing job doing a show that suddenly and surprisingly did not have a show runner and did not compile scripts and an author's room and put together a show, it was amazing. "[1
Omid Abtahi said the reports are not "completely inaccurate". For Emily Browning, it was more like, "We hit a huge bump on the road and I think we've managed to correct the course." A few names come up in this regard: Orlando Jones and Chris Byrne.
Jones, who plays Mr. Nancy, is more prominent in writing and producing American Gods in Season 2. "He knows Laura amazingly well," Browning said of the development of her character. "He's the person I go to when I need help where Laura is going."
Jones "has never heard of a show where nothing was going on." He did not seem worried. More important to him are the conversations American Gods which begin cultural-cultural, topics such as "mass dungeons" and "human trafficking," of which "nobody [in dramatic television] speaks that it is not on one's radar."
He adds, "The fact that we are tackling all these problems makes me feel like all the Hoopla … [ he physically shrugs ]."
Byrne, meanwhile, worked with Fuller and Green for many years on Hannibal and he served as the 2nd unit director on American Gods Season 1. With season 2 he moved to 1st Unit, directing the first and eighth episodes , Abtahi, Browning, Jones and Ricky Whittle note how important Byrne was to the look and feel of the series that led to these new episodes.
"If you spoke to me a few months ago, I did not feel very confident at all," Brown said. "Always convinced of the cast and Chris Bryne who did not come here [to NYCC] because a) he's working on the show right now and b) he just does not want his face everywhere, he just wants to stay in the background He is American Gods for me He does not get enough praise and I want to shout his name from the rooftops because he saved us and he is incredible. "
" The look of the show is exactly 100 percent equal, if not cooler, "added Whetty of Byrne's work. "Some of the people playing in this season are unbelievable, unbelievable, that was never the problem."
The cast did not ignore Alexander's work in the series. After the departure of Fuller and Green, "he has put the show back on the road," said Gaiman.
"Brian and Michael have laid an incredible foundation, I hope I can work with them again in the future, I love these guys," said Whittle. But "if it were not for Jesse," he added, "we would literally not be on the screen, he did it when we were running out of time, he knocked out all the episodes and the story, and we were with one
In his report on the production of Season 2 the Hollywood Reporter published details of the apparent suspense on the set, notably a "scream match" with Ian McShane (now an actor and actress) executive producer at American Gods ) and Alexander. Whittle said that there was no unpleasant behavior he had not noticed in other productions. "From a poisonous environment [areferencetohistimeon The 100 ]I can say that American Gods is the happiest place I've been to," Whittle pointed out. For Gaiman, Alexander's main contribution was in it to keep the characters of Shadow and Mr. Wednesday as the main focus of the story. "We have a big show, it's a huge budget, it's a huge cast, and you need scripts that serve the whole cast," he explained. "You need a vision of a certain amount of madness, you have to keep the storyline going, it would be very easy to lose Shadow with a cast of outstanding actors like this, possibly lose Wednesday, and we need them in front and middle I think one of the things that Jesse did that I really liked was to focus on them. "
There is still a lot of love for Fuller and Green. Abtahi pointed out his time working with the couple on Heroes . "Personally, professionally, I get along with them very well," he said. "It's not always great to hear such things, but they were very encouraging for us, saying," You folks, the cast is the most important part of the show. You will be fine. "
" I only speak for myself, "said Browning." I love Michael and Bryan with all my heart and soul, and leaving was really heartbreaking for me, but I hope we get them to some extent because I know they still love us. "