Showrunner Travis Beacham is exiting the show due to “creative differences” in a mutual decision with Amazon Studios. Beacham, on whose original spec script A Killing On Carnival Row the show is based, also co-created the show with René Echevarria, who was the drama’s original showrunner and was replaced during the season 1 re-shoots by Marc Guggenheim. Guggenheim is now also stepping down from the day-to-day business of running Carnival Row and handing over the reins to new showrunner Erik Oleson.
According to Deadline.com “the plan is for filming to continue during the showrunner changeover. The series may go on a brief hiatus to give Oleson time to examine the existing scripts and outlines and put his own stamp on them. That is not expected to impact the timeline for when Season 2 will be available on Prime Video.”
New showrunner Eric Oleson signed an overall contract with Amazon Studios earlier this year. His previous credits include the much praised third season of Netflix’s Daredevil (showrunner) and Amazon Prime’s The Man in the High Castle (head writer, executive producer).
We hope this change will only have a positive effect on Carnival Row, whose first season was a big success with fans but received very mixed reviews from critics.