The first two episodes of “American Gods” Season 1 have been submitted as Starz’s paid entries on the TV academy’s FYC website, Gold Derby has learned exclusively. While the Emmy site is updated frequently, as of this writing “American Gods” is one of only a handful of Best Drama Series contenders with episodes available for voters to watch on their laptops, tablets and phones. These episodes may not necessarily be Starz’s official Emmy submissions following the nominations, but the premium network feels confident enough to present them to voters to begin the awards conversation.
Both episodes — “The Bone Orchard” and “The Secret Of Spoons” — were directed by David Slade, with the teleplays written by Bryan Fuller & Michael Green based on Neil Gaiman‘s successful 2001 novel. “American Gods” stars Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday and Ricky Whittle as ex-con Shadow Moon, who unknowingly gets caught up in a supernatural war between new and old gods. Besides these two leading men, the supporting players on the 2017 Emmy ballot will be Crispin Glover, Bruce Langley, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki and Emily Browning.
TV critics are happy to be on board the “American Gods” road trip, with Jeff Jensen (Entertainment Weekly) writing, “I was consistently engrossed. The characters, the concept, the deeply considered filmmaking captured my imagination.” And Danette Chavez (The A.V. Club) raves, “[Fuller and Green have] blended their sensibilities, weaving a rich tapestry of whimsy, epic action, and deft characterization.” The drama has already already been renewed for Season 2 despite only premiering three weeks ago.
Below, see a detailed look at Starz’s Emmy FYC entries for “American Gods.”
#1.01 “The Bone Orchard”
Airdate: April 30, 2017
Emmy FYC synopsis: When Shadow Moon is released from prison early after the death of his wife, he meets Mr. Wednesday and is recruited as his bodyguard. Shadow discovers that this may be more than he bargained for.
#1.02 “The Secret Of Spoons”
Airdate: May 7, 2017
Emmy FYC synopsis: As Mr. Wednesday beings recruitment for the coming battle, Shadow Moon travels with him to Chicago and agrees to a very high stakes game of checkers with the old Slavic god, Czernobog.
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