Carnival Row Erik Oleson showrunner
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In July, Amazon ordered a second season of its new fantasy series ‘Carnival Row’ before the first had even been released.  But there have been some shakeups behind the scenes.  Erik Oleson has stepped in as executive producer and showrunner as Marc Guggenheim is stepping down to focus on the massive CW crossover “Crisis on Infinite Earths” which will be spread across the shows ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Supergirl’, ‘Batwoman’, and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, plus a galaxy of guest-stars.  Guggenheim also has several film projects in the works.  He will remain attached to ‘Carnival Row’ as a consultant.

Oleson acted as executive producer and showrunner of the third season of ‘Daredevil’, and as executive producer and head writer of Amazon’s ‘The Man in the High Castle’ Season 2.


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Meanwhile, executive producer Travis Beacham, whose spec script ‘A Killing on Carnival Row’ served as the basis for this series, has departed over creative difference, but both he and Guggenheim will continue to be credited as executive producers.  Beacham developed ‘Carnival Row’ as a TV series with Rene Echevarria, who was originally lined up with act as showrunner before being replaced by Guggenheim.  Echevarria also gets an EP credit on the show.

Production on Season 2 has begun in Prague, and while it is expected to continue during this transition, there could be a delay, should Oleson decide he wants to completely shift gears.  But any delay is not expected to impact when the show returns.  The first premiered in August of this year, so it’s likely Amazon will aim for the same time frame next year for Season 2.

Like the first season, the second is expected to be comprised of eight episodes.  The first season received mixed reviews, but was a huge hit for Amazon.  We don’t know how huge, as Amazon doesn’t reveal its streaming numbers.


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Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne star in the fantasy series, about mythological creatures that have been driven from their homelands by war, and taken refuged in the real world where they are confined to poverty and live in slums.  Bloom portrays human investigator Rycroft “Philo” Philostrate who becomes embroiled in a series of grisly murders.  Delevigne co-stars as his former lover, the faerie Vignette Stonemoss.  Bloom also served as executive producer on the first season, and Delevigne will join him as EP on Season 2.

‘Carnival Row’ is produced by Amazon Studios and Legendary TV.

Are you a fan of Amazon’s ‘Carnival Row’?  How do you feel about the series possibly changing directions?


Source: Deadline