As you can see from the behind-the-scenes video above and the photo here, Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle, Yetide Badaki, Orlando Jones and more members the self- described God Squad have began production this month on the sophomore run of the Starz series at Wisconsin’s famed House on the Rock. Featured in Gaiman’s 2001 award-winning mythological novel on which the drama is based and glimpsed briefly via signage at the end of Season 1, the real-life Badger State tourist attraction is a major player in the tale along with McShane’s perpetually shifty Mr. Wednesday and Whittle’s Shadow Moon.
With its premiere directed by Hannibal and Star Trek Discovery alum Chris Byrne, the eight-episode second season of American Gods is expected to air in 2019, as Whittle says in the BTS clip.
“The first season was all about getting to the House on the Rock,” says EP Gaiman, who is overseeing Season 2 with fellow EP and showrunner Jesse Alexander. “It’s amazing to see everyone back, and to be entering the next stage of the story with the best bunch of actors around, along with some inspired filmmakers.”
Having portrayed the goddess Media in the April 2017-debuting first season of Gods, Gillian Anderson has said she will not be returning to the series, which Bryan Fuller and Michael Green created and ran for its first cycle. Although the series was renewed for a second season in May 2017, the Hannibal EP and Logan co-writer exited the well-watched and well-received Gods suddenly last fall. It is also unclear whether longtime Fuller collaborator Kristin Chenoweth will return to play the goddess Easter, as she did in the Season 1 finale that aired in June 2017.
However that plays out, things do look to be ready to roll in the House on the Rock’s Carousel Room and beyond for Season 2.
Produced by FremantleMedia North America, American Gods is EP’d by Gaiman, Alexander, McShane, FMNA’s Stefanie Berk, Craig Cegielski and Scott Hornbacher. Byrne is co-EPing along with Heather Bellson and Rodney Barnes. Lisa Kussner will produce. SVP Original Programming Marta Fernandez and Manager of Original Programming Kathleen Clifford are the Starz execs in charge.