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Apple TV+ original “Severance” is facing some unexpected production problems as the showrunners reportedly can’t stand each other. This has led to delays that could push back the release of the critically acclaimed series’ second season.
Directed by Ben Stiller, the first season of “Severance” received several nominations and was well-received by viewers and critics alike. However, the Puck News report suggests that the show may return to Apple TV+ later than anticipated due to some issues behind the scenes.
According to the report, showrunners Dan Erickson and Mark Friedman had a falling out by the end of the first season. The dispute between the two escalated to the point where Friedman decided not to continue working on the show. Although he was encouraged to stay for the second season, the decision didn’t result in a smoother production.
Stiller reportedly attempted to find a replacement for Friedman, but he wasn’t satisfied with any of the other options and ultimately stuck with Erickson. However, if the show survives into a second and third season, Beau Willimon of ‘House of Cards’ will reportedly be on board to help with show running duties.
Aside from the production disputes, the rising cost of production is also causing delays. The second season is reportedly costing around $20 million per episode, compared to the first season, which cost around $15 million per episode in some cases. These delays could potentially push back the ultimate release of the show on Apple TV+.
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The second season of “Severance” revolves around Lumon Industries’ use of an experimental severance procedure to divide employees’ work and personal memories. The new season will feature eight new stars, including Bob Balaban, Robby Benson, Stefano Carannante, Gwendoline Christie, John Noble, Olafur Darri Olafsson, Alia Shawkat, and Merritt Wever.
With all these challenges facing the show’s production, it remains to be seen whether “Severance” can maintain its initial success and continue to be a hit for Apple TV+.