Sci Fi TV News Briefs: American Gods Loses Another Showrunner, BBC Orders Second Season of His Dark Materials, and More

By | September 13, 2018

Sci Fi TV News Briefs: Quick hits keeping you updated on sci fi and fantasy television news.

Behind the Scenes Struggles: Perhaps Starz should have worked out a deal with Bryan Fuller for him to stay onboard its fantasy series American Gods, because it appears that another showrunner is on the way out. Bryan Fuller and Michael Green departed from the show early in the year over “creative differences” and wrangling over the budget. Jesse Alexander came in as showrunner and was supposedly working closely with Neil Gaiman who wrote the book that the show is based on. But according to Hollywood Reporter, Alexander has been “asked to stop working on” the show. Whether Gaiman is still involved with the day-to-day running of the show is unclear. The first season of American Gods debuted in Spring 2017 to much acclaim, but the show appears to have derailed after Fuller exited along with Green (actresses Gillian Anderson and Kristin Chenoweth have left the show as well). Whether this one can get back on track remains to be seen, and don’t expect the second season to debut until mid-2019 at the earliest.

Second Season Order: Filming has just begun on the BBC’s upcoming adaptation of His Dark Materials, based on the Philip Pullman book of the same name, but the British network has already ordered a second season of the show. James McAvoy, Dafne Keen, and Ruth Wilson will lead the cast of the fantasy series that will kick off with an eight-episode first season. The BBC apparently has confidence in the production and has ordered a second eight-ep season to follow that. In addition, HBO has come aboard as co-producer of the series and will be the network airing the show in the States. Expect that one to have its debut in early to mid-2019.


For Adults Only: The upcoming Swamp Thing series that will debut on the DC Universe streaming channel next year will apparently not be for kids. Writer Gary Dauberman had this to say about they are approaching the show in an interview with Slashfilm:

We always set out to make Swamp Thing as hard R as we could and go graphic with the violence, with the adult themes, and make it as scary as possible. We really took our inspiration from the Alan Moore run in Swamp Thing.

That show will have its debut on the streaming service during the first half of 2019.

Release Date News: The Netflix Thailand Twitter account has announced October 19th as the release date for Daredevil Season 3. That doesn’t count as an official release date for the U.S., but expect it to debut around that time.

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