Starz's American Gods officially renewed for season 3

American Gods will return for a third season.

Starz is picking up the production for another year — and with another new showrunner at the helm.

Charles “Chic” Eglee (The Shield, Dexter) will serve as the fantastical supernatural drama’s new top writer and executive producer for the upcoming season.

The show’s long-delayed second season returned on March 10, and Starz said it was the network’s second-highest rated original series for the year.

Executive producer Neil Gaiman tells EW the wait might not be as long for a third season of the show. “The problem that we had with season 2 was not all of the personal weirdness,” he said, referring to the show’s showrunner shakeups. “The big problem was, Starz delayed [the renewal] until they found out how people liked American Gods before they committed to a second series and it takes a certain amount of time to start a writers room — you have to get it together and so forth. What I’m hoping is it’s less about how long it’s going to take season 3 than getting a season 4 [renewal] once season 3 is underway so we can keep the writer’s room on and get the scripts written.”

Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz, said in a statement: “Audiences continue to worship at the altar of American Gods and we are excited to be able to announce to all the true believers that there is more of this fantastical series to come. With Chic at the helm, the invaluable insight and contributions of Neil Gaiman and the undeniable talent of this dedicated cast and crew, we know that the show will continue to deliver on the vision and promise laid out in the novel.”

Added Gaiman in a statement: “I’m thrilled American Gods has been renewed for a third season, and even more thrilled that I’m getting to work on it with Chic Eglee. Chic is the best partner-in-crime. We’ve been working for weeks now on the shape of the season and I’m delighted that he gets to carry the American Gods torch on to glory. Thank you to Fremantle, Starz and Amazon for having faith in the series, to Bryan, Michael and Jesse for bringing it this far, to all the cast and crew, and most of all to the viewers. It’s their love of the characters that took us to this point, and will take us on to the next chapter.”

American Gods airs Sundays on Starz.

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