Does Starz have another cult hit on their hands? After the critical and commercial success of “Outlander,” based on a series of fantasy novels by Diana Gabaldon, the premium cable network is adapting another literary work of fantasy, Neil Gaiman‘s “American Gods,” and that dark new series finally has a premiere date. It hits the airwaves on Sunday, April 30, at 9pm ET/PT for the start of its eight-episode first season. Watch the trailer for the series above, and see the brand new key art for the show at the bottom of this post.
Before the show debuts on TV, though, it will premiere at the South by Southwest festival on March 11 at the Vimeo Theater in the Austin Convention Center followed by a panel discussion moderated by KCRW’s Elvis Mitchell.
The 2001 novel by Gaiman told the story of Shadow (played in the series by Ricky Whittle), an ex-con who gets caught between the gods of old mythology and the new gods of modern media and technology. One of those old gods, Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), enlists Shadow as a bodyguard during his mission.
Gaiman’s sci-fi and fantasy writing has earned him a devoted fan base. In addition to “American Gods” he also wrote “Coraline” (2002), which was adapted into an Oscar nominated animated film in 2009. And his script writing for film and TV includes “Babylon 5,” “Beowulf” and “Doctor Who.” But Gaiman isn’t the only fan favorite likely to draw a crowd. The series was developed for television by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. Fuller was the brainchild behind the cult hits “Pushing Daisies” and “Hannibal,” and Green was a producer of “Heroes.”
In addition to Whittle and McShane, the all-star cast includes Gillian Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Cloris Leachman, Pablo Schreiber and Jonathan Tucker. Are you excited for this new Starz series? Discuss below in comments, and talk about this and more in our forums.