Amazon's 'Carnival Row' Changes Showrunners for Season 2

Erik Oleson will take the reins of the fantasy drama after the departures of Marc Guggenheim and co-creator Travis Beacham.
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'Carnival Row' (Inset: Erik Oleson)

There's been a change at the top of Amazon's Carnival Row.

Erik Oleson, a veteran of The Man in the High Castle and Daredevil, will take over as showrunner for season two of of the fantasy drama starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne. He steps in for Marc Guggenheim, who ran the series' first season.

Additionally, series co-creator Travis Beacham — whose 2005 Black List script was the basis for the show — has departed over creative differences. Guggenheim, meanwhile, is overseeing The CW's "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover involving its Arrow-verse shows and is developing other projects.

Oleson, who signed an overall deal with Amazon Studios in March, will be the third showrunner on Carnival Row. Co-creator Rene Echevarria initially held the post, and Guggenheim later came aboard. The show's original director, Paul McGuigan, also left and was replaced by Jon Amiel (Halt and Catch Fire, The Tudors).

Amazon renewed Carnival Row for a second season a month before its Aug. 30 premiere. The series is set in a world where mythical creatures co-exist — uneasily — alongside humans, as most are refugees following the invasion of their homelands by the empires of man. The series centers on a human detective (Bloom) investigating a series of gruesome murders while carrying on an affair with a rebellious faerie (Delevingne).

Beacham and Guggenheim will keep their credits as executive producers of the series. Oleson, Bloom and Delevingne will also be EPs on season two, which recently began production in Prague.

Oleson is repped by attorney Jamie Mandelbaum.

Deadline first reported the news.