Carnival Row Suspends Production

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In a video message posted on his Instagram account actor Orlando Bloom, who plays PI Rycroft Philostrat on Carnival Row, announced today that the show’s production would shut down for an unknown amount of time. Bloom, who is also an Executive Producer on the show, explained that this was to allow cast and crew to return home to self-quarantine amid the current coronavirus crisis.

It’s farewell from us as we go home to be quarantined. But we’re coming home to the States, at least I’m coming home to the States, because we want to get in before the quarantine. Big love everybody, stay safe out there! Self-quarantine. It seems really crazy actually this whole corona thing but do the right thing by you and your family and stay safe. In a few weeks, we’ll beat this bad boy.

The news come as a 30-day ban on anyone travelling from Europe to the USA has been put into effect, with only flights from the UK allowed into the country for now.

We can only second Orlando Bloom’s words and hope that all of Andrew Gower‘s fans stay safe and healthy during this difficult time. 🤞


ETA (14 March 2020):

Orlando Bloom has now added the following statement to his InstaStory in response to comments by concerned fans:

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ETA (15 March 2020):

Executive producer and new showrunner Erik Oleson addressed fan’s concern over the suspended production of season 2 via the Stillking FilmsInstagram account.

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Carnival Row Filming Season 2 in Dubrovnik

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After filming season 2 of Carnival Row so far took place in Prague and Liberec (Czech Republic / CzechWalks.com), production of the fantasy noir series will now move to Dubrovnik (Croatia) later this month for 10 days.

Originally scheduled for November 2019, filming in the old Mediterranean town had to be cancelled last autumn due to the the production hiatus following the change in showrunners. According to TPortal.hr local scouting agencies are looking for extras to film scenes in Dubrovnik itself, Trsteno and Konavle.

It is unclear at this point how these locations fit into the plot for season 2 but it might be connected to the Spurnrose storyline which last saw Imogen (Tamzin Merchant) and her lover Agreus (David Gyasi) flee the city of The Burgue from her brother Ezra’s (Andrew Gower) wrath.


ETA (6 March 2020):

Today Dubrovački Vjesnik run an article about a couple of people who showed up for the audition to become extras on the new season of Carnival Row. They also revealed that the show will film in Croatia from 29 March to 8 April.

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Carnival Row Filming Locations in Czechia

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According to CzechWalks.com, Carnival Row is currently filming its second season in the town of Liberec (Czech Republic).

Pictured above is the Liberec Town Hall, a Neo-Renaissance building from the late 19th century, which fits in nicely with the series Neo-Victorian theme.

Further scenes were apparently shot in the nearby town of Turnov at a depot for steam engines.

After production had been halted for a few weeks following the change in showrunners later last year, it is now back on track with filming resumed at the Barrandov Studios and on location in Prague.


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Meet Andrew Gower at London Film and Comic Con

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As an early Christmas present for his fans, Showmaster’s London Film & Comic Con announced Andrew Gower today as one of their guests for their summer edition.

The event will take place from 24 – 26 July 2020 at Olympia London. Andrew will only attend on Saturday, 25 July, and he’ll be joined by fellow Carnival Row actor Simon McBurney (Runyan Millworthy) with more announcements expected soon.

Tickets for the event are on sale here, and you can buy photo op tickets for Andrew as well.

We think this is an excellent opportunity for all Carnival Row, Poldark, Outlander and Being Human fans to meet Andrew, the man behind Ezra Spurnrose, James Hadfield, Bonnie Prince Charlie and Cutler… Nick Cutler.


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Andrew is looking forward to meeting you all!

Carnival Row Season 2: Filming To Be Halted To Plan Changes

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As previously speculated, a delay in production of season 2 of Carnival Row seems more likely now, after the major shake up that occured earlier this month.

International Business Times states that new showrunner Erik Oleson “may decide on where he wants to take the story.” Screen Rant reports that “the show will take a short break to allow the new showrunner a chance to give his inputs and possibly take the show in a new direction if required”.

This is not the first major behind the scenes change that Carnival Row has gone through.

In January 2015 Amazon Studios signed a development deal for the series with Guillermo del Toro on board as a co-writer, executive producer, and director. Travis Beacham, the writer of the original spec script A Killing on Carnival Row, and TV veteran René Echevarria, were to act as co-creators and executive producers.

In May 2017, production was finally given a series order but at that point del Toro had stepped away from the project due to scheduling conflicts and Paul McGuigan took over from him. However, only 6 months later, McGuigan was replaced by Jon Amiel.

Co-creator Echevarria stayed as showrunner for most of season 1 but this position evenually went to Marc Guggenheim who oversaw the season 1 reshoots.

The recent changes had Guggenheim step down as showrunner to focus on other projects (but he will remain a consultant on the show) and the original creator Travis Beacham leave the project completely due to “creative differences” (he will be still credited as executive producer but in title only).

We can only hope that all these changes will have a solely positive effect on Carnival Row, and that the release of season 2 (expected for summer 2021) will not be delayed too much.

You can catch season 1 of Carnival Row on Amazon Prime (it’s included in your Prime membership or you can sign up for a free trial month) and enjoy Andrew Gower‘s portrayal of Ezra Spurnrose (who is confirmed to reprise his role in season 2).

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Carnival Row Season 2 – What we know so far

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Pre-production for season 2 of Carnival Row is well underway but what – and when! – can we expect to find out what’s in store for our favourite characters.

Showrunners Travis Beacham and Marc Guggenheim have recently teased a few details in an interview with Tyler Aquilina (Entertainment Weekly).

We advise you to not continue reading if you haven’t finished watching season 1 on Amazon Prime yet or want to remeain spoiler free for season 2!


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After the explosive season 1 finale, what will happen to Philo and Vignette?

[Philo] is a man without a country. […] he’s not human enough for the humans, but he’s not fae enough for the fae. He kind of exists in this sort of status Twilight Zone. Not to mention the fact that, because of this decision, he has relinquished his badge. So this cloak of authority that he used to have is no longer there. […]

When we see Vignette again at the start of season 2, she’s the same character, in very, very, very different circumstances than we left her in. […] don’t forget that Vignette joined the Black Raven in season 1. So without spoiling too much, it’s very safe to say the Black Raven story line is very much Vignette’s story line.

And what’s next for our other star-crossed lovers Imogen and Agreus?

[A]s we’re putting some characters behind the wall, it felt necessary to look outwards with other stories. With Imogen and Agreus, we’re definitely looking outwards, and just from a purely visual standpoint, they’re going to find themselves in some very different environments in season 2. And they’re going to end up in some places that we’ve heard of and are probably curious about.

Will there be more politics?

[T]here’s going to be some sort of geopolitical tensions that are growing, that are sort of unrelated to what’s going on in the ghetto, but will dovetail into Imogen and Agreus’s story, and into what’s going on in Balefire Hall. And just in general in season 2, things get a bit more complex, and we start having a bit more fun with everything.

Read the complete interview here!


So when can we expect to see season 2?

There hasn’t been an official anouncement from Amazon or the showrunners yet but judging by the production schedule season 1 went through a release date for the new episode some time in the first half of 2021 seems plausible.

(Season 1 began filming in September 2017 and was originally supposed to come out in early 2019, even before extensive re-shoots caused the delay.)

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Carnival Row: Getting Ready for Season 2

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All the signs are all pointing in the right direction: season 2 of Carnival Row is coming, and, as they did during the production of season 1, the cast and crew are keeping us updated with Behind the Scenes photos via their social media accounts.

After scouting for some new locations that will be featured in the new season, the cast are starting to arrive at the Barrandov Studios in Prague (Czech Republic), where most of season 1 was filmed.

Andrew Gower‘s involvement in season 2 isn’t confirmed yet but we are rather confident that we haven’t seen the last of his character Ezra Spurnrose.

Follow our social media accounts (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) as we’re trying to report and share all news Andrew Gower and Carnival Row!

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It’s Not All Fancy Dress Tea Parties on Carnival Row

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Judy Manning (Your Entertainment Corner) met David Gyasi, Tamzin Merchant, and Andrew Gower at the Four Seasons hotel in Beverly Hills just before the launch of the new Amazon Original Series Carnival Row to talk about their characters, costumes, tonality, and more.

Read the interview here.

More Production Images from Carnival Row

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Here are two new production images from Carnival Row showing the Spurnrose household. Pictured above are siblings Ezra (Andrew Gower) and Imogen Spurnrose (Tamzin Merchant) at their lushly decorated home.

Thank you to production designer François Séguin for sharing these pictures of the absolutely stunning set design with us. Check out his website for more photos here.

For more images from Carnival Row have a look at our Gallery.

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Carnival Row: Andrew Gower Red Carpet Interviews

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Andrew Gower attended the Carnival Row world premiere at the famous TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood on Wednesday 21 August 2019. We’ve collected a series of interviews with him from the red carpet at the LA screening.

Watch the videos below to see what Andrew has to say about the Victorian noir series, his character Ezra Spurnrose and what viewers can expect. Enjoy!

Visit our Gallery with more pictures from the event and read all news Carnival Row!

Carnival Row: Red Carpet Interviews

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Watch this video with interviews from the red carpet at the LA screening of Carnival Row last Wednesday.

First up is Andrew Gower (Ezra Spurnrose), followed by cast and crew members Arty Froushan (Jonah Breakspear), Cara Delevingne (Vignette Stonemoss), Caroline Ford (Sophie Longerbane), David Gyasi (Agreus Astrayon), brothers Jamie Harris (Sergeant Dombey) and Jared Harris (Absalom Breakspear), Marc Guggenheim (executive producer), Orlando Bloom (Rycroft Philostrate), Tamzin Merchant (Imogen Spurnrose) and Travis Beacham (creator, executive producer).