HBO's 'The Nevers' Finds Showrunner to Replace Joss Whedon

Philippa Goslett
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HBO has signed a showrunner to take over its series The Nevers following the departure of creator Joss Whedon.

British screenwriter Philippa Goslett (Mary Magdalene, How to Talk to Girls at Parties) has joined the sci-fi series as executive producer and showrunner. Her hiring comes two months after Whedon exited the show, citing exhaustion.

"While developing and producing The Nevers has been a joyful experience, I realize that the level of commitment required moving forward, combined with the physical challenges of making such a huge show during a global pandemic, is more than I can handle without the work beginning to suffer," Whedon said in a statement in November.

Whedon's exit from the series came a few months after Justice League actor Ray Fisher accused Whedon of "gross, abusive, unprofessional, and completely unacceptable" behavior on the film's set, where he took over for original director Zack Snyder in 2017. WarnerMedia said in December that following an investigation, unspecified "remedial action" had been taken to address Fisher's claims.

Ordered straight to series in 2018 after a multiple-outlet bidding war, The Nevers is set in Victorian-era London and centers on a group of people, mostly women, known as the Touched, who suddenly manifest abnormal abilities. Among them are Amalia True, a mysterious and quick-fisted widow, and her best friend Penance Adair, a brilliant inventor. They are the champions of this new underclass who set out to make a home for the Touched and make room for those for whom history as we know it has no place.

Laura Donnelly (Outlander) and Ann Skelly (Vikings) head a large cast as, respectively, Amalia and Penance.

In addition to 2018's Mary Magdalene (co-written with Helen Edmundson) and 2017's How to Talk to Girls at Parties (with John Cameron Mitchell), Goslett's writing credits also include Little Ashes (which won a GLAAD Media Award) and Holy Money. She has also developed TV projects at the BBC, Channel Four and FX. She is repped by Casarotto Ramsay, UTA and Gang Tyre.

Whedon remains an executive producer of The Nevers along with Goslett, Bernadette Caulfield, Ilene S. Landress, Doug Petrie and Jane Espenson. HBO says the series remains on track to premiere later in 2021.