Two years have passed since the first season of the fantasy series Carnival Row was released through the Amazon Prime streaming service and it’s been nearly two years since it was announced that season 2 was in production – so when Carnival Row news popped up, I was shocked to see that we’re still learning things about season 2 instead of looking ahead to season 3. But here it is: Deadline reports that Jamie Harris, who played the recurring role of Sergeant Dombey in the first season of the show, has been promoted to a series regular for season 2.
Starring Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne, Carnival Row is set
in a Victorian fantasy world of mythological immigrant creatures whose exotic homelands were invaded by the empires of man. Bloom plays human detective, Rycroft Philostrate, while Delevingne stars as a refugee faerie named Vignette Stonemoss. In Season 1, they rekindle a dangerous affair despite an increasingly intolerant society and Vignette harbors a secret that endangers Philo’s world during his most important case yet: a string of gruesome murders threatening the uneasy peace of the Row.
Harris’s Sergeant Dombey is “a tough police officer in the neo-Victorian city who strongly believes in the old rule of life and resents the growing influx of foreign fairies and pix.”
This concept started out with spec script called A Killing on Carnival Row, which Travis Beacham wrote in 2005. At one time, Guillermo del Toro was going to direct the Carnival Row feature film. Beacham then developed the idea into a series with Rene Echevarria… and there have been some behind-the-scenes shake-ups along the way. Echevarria was the first showrunner, but left the project when reshoots were required for season 1 and was replaced by Marc Guggenheim. Heading into season 2, Guggenheim left the show so he could focus on a DC crossover event on the CW and was replaced by Erik Oleson.
And somewhere in there, Beacham also left Carnival Row over creative differences. As I said at the time, it’s quite odd when a person who created something has to drop out because his vision for it doesn’t match what the people bringing it to life want to do with the concept.
Beacham, Echevarria, Guggenheim, Bloom, Delevingne, Oleson, and Jon Amiel all have executive producer credits on Carnival Row season 2.
Amazon has not yet announced when the season will be released.