The Wrap recently interviewed HBO & HBO Max's CCO Casey Bloys to discuss the changes behind the scenes on The Nevers.
In the interview, published February 10th, it was suggested that the first season might consist of more than the planned ten episodes:
Goslett is currently working on Part 2 of the first season, which will likely consist of more than the four remaining episodes from the initial order.
"We knew the original was going to be ten episodes long," Bloys said. "We were shut down by the pandemic through Episode 5. In September, we got back up to shooting, finished Episode 5 and 6. And there was kind of a natural narrative break at six. So that was the thought then was to air six episodes. So at least we had something to put out there for subscribers and fans."
Whether this hypothetical 10+ season is to allow them to wrap up the series altogether or for Philippa Goslett, the new showrunner, to simply add her own ideas to the series is unclear. Either way, it'll be interesting to see how the final product turns out.
Bloys also said that, "Goslett and her team of writers are working through the second batch of scripts now."
Does "working through the second batch of scripts" mean that Goslett and her team are currently penning new episodes to follow those already written by Joss, Jane, Douglas and their team of writers for episodes one through ten, or is Goslett and her team re-writing existing scripts in addition to new ones? That, too, is unclear.
What is clear is that Goslett and her team are definitely working on the second half of the season, and Bloys is excited to have her onboard, "Philippa has been with the writers, and has been working on the show and edit with the last couple of episodes. So I'm excited about her."
In terms of finding Whedon's replacement, Bloys said, "there's just, you know, meeting a lot of people who responded to the material, what they got excited by, and Philippa, who has taken over, had a really great take on, you know, loved what she saw, but had really great ideas for how to move forward. "So I think anytime, you know, a new showrunner comes on, there will be, you know, just by virtue of it being a new voice will be a different lens. But in this case, I think that is welcome."
This interview raises a couple of questions, such as, will there be a second season? Possibly. If there is, will they adhere to the narrative arc that Joss has established for the run of the entire series? Only time will tell.
While Joss' sensibilities will be felt throughout at least the first few episodes, some of his voice is certain to be missing from the later episodes, with the new showrunner possibly re-writing and helping to edit existing episodes.
So, it would appear that Philippa will have far more input than I had initially proposed. I'm keen to see someone else's take on this imaginative and intriguing world that Joss has created, but I'm also grateful for the episodes that Joss had a direct hand in himself. What are your thoughts?
The Nevers will premiere on April 11th on HBO and HBO Max. A few hours after the US broadcast, The Nevers will be available to stream on Sky Atlantic in the UK, Sky Ticket in Germany and Sky Q in Germany, Austria and Italy. Viewers in India will be able to stream The Nevers starting April 12th on Disney Plus HotStar Premium.