Only two episodes of “American Gods” have aired on Starz but this lavish adaptation of Neil Gaiman‘s 2001 bestselling fantasy has already secured a second season renewal. Critics hailed the drama series for its audacious storytelling and top-notch production values. It merited a jaw-dropping 95 at Rotten Tomatoes and 86 at MetaCritic.
Gaiman is considered a god among sci-fi and fantasy fans. He has scripted classic episodes of “Babylon 5,” “Beowulf” and “Doctor Who.” Among his books is “Coraline” (2002), which was adapted into an Oscar nominated animated film in 2009. He wrote “American Gods” the year before “Coraline” and he entrusted one of his favorite books to two TV talents whose credits include several of the most talked-about shows of the last decade: Bryan Fuller (“Pushing Daisies” and “Hannibal”) and Michael Green (“Heroes.”)
Besides being the showrunners, they scripted the first episode which introduces the story of Shadow (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. In addition to Whittle and McShane, the all-star cast includes Gillian Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Cloris Leachman, Pablo Schreiber and Jonathan Tucker.
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