Carnival Row season 2 has a new showrunner, as the creator of the Amazon Prime series exits. Travis Beacham, who wrote the script on which the fantasy series is based, had been involved in shaping his Victorian world into an episodic form for Amazon’s streaming service.
Premiering in late August, Carnival Row follows mythological immigrant creatures whose homelands were overtaken by invading empires. The show stars Orlando Bloom as a human detective and Cara Delevingne as a refugee faerie. Over the course of the first season’s eight episodes, the two rekindle an affair that's shunned by an intolerant society. The affair also poses another risk, as Delevingne’s refugee carries a secret that endangers a case which Bloom’s character is working on: a string of grizzly murders that threatens to unravel an already uneasy sense of peace. The series, which was renewed for a second season before the first had premiered, was greeted with mixed reviews but proved popular with viewers overall.
As reported by Deadline, Beacham is leaving Carnival Row over creative differences in what's described as a mutual decision. Beacham co-created the series with Rene Echevarria, who'd been the original showrunner for Carnival Row and remains an executive producer. Despite leaving the series, Beacham will continue to be credited as an executive producer. It's only one of the big changes that's occurring behind the scenes of the neo-noir series.
Marc Guggenheim, who oversaw season 1 of Carnival Row in the showrunner role, is stepping away from the series. He'll be replaced by Erik Oleson, who previously worked on Netflix’s Daredevil and The Man in the High Castle. For Guggenheim, the decision was reached due to his involvement in spearheading Arrowverse’s big crossover event. Given that each week, just about, brings news about who might pop up in the crossover, it’s certainly understandable. Guggenheim will remain with Carnival Row as a consultant. Other changes include Delevingne joining her co-star Bloom in receiving an executive producer credit.
The changes will reportedly not affect production on season 2 of Amazon’s hit, which has just begun in Prague. The plan is to continue shooting for now, although a brief hiatus may occur in order to give Oleson a chance to look over scripts and to see which directions he might want to take. Whenever Carnival Row returns, fans can decide for themselves if the behind the scenes alterations end up reflecting positively on the show itself.