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  • Anonymous
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    Looking good at the reviews you posted, it seems like the fanboy critics liked it much more than the real critics. I am suspecting this will be a commercial hit but the main critics who aren’t on your list won’t like it as much as the ones like Heroic Hollywood, Nerdist, Den of Geek, and AV Club.

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    Riley
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    As for the performances, Ricky Whittle is great eye candy, but a strong silent type does not make for the most compelling hero. I think that Gillian Anderson only has one scene in the first four episodes and no Kristen Chenoweth so far. If you love Ian McShane, great because he gets colourful dialogue in this show. Not a stretch for him, but people like Ian McShane. Cloris Leachman and Peter Stormare also get to chew the scenery, with big accents to boot. It was weird seeing Emily Browning in such a mature role because I have not seen her much since she played fourteen in A Series of Unfortunate Events, even if that was twelve years ago.

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    Riley
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    Emmy Voters, Take Notice of Starz’s Stylish American Gods
    By Riley Chow, Gold Derby

    Premiering April 30 in time for Emmy eligibility, American Gods is what one would expect from showrunner Bryan Fuller adapting a contemporary-set fantasy novel by Neil Gaiman for premium cable in 2017. Although he has never stepped directly behind the camera, sticking instead to writing and producing, Fuller’s shows have a distinct esthetic and sound that have become increasingly stylized over the years.

    Based on the four episodes that were provided to the press of the eight-episode first season, American Gods very much feels like a hypothetical fourth season of Fuller’s last series Hannibal, despite an entirely different story and characters. Hannibal started as a crime procedural, but it became increasingly abstract as it progressed, eschewing cases-of-the-week for the likes of a teacup shattering in slow motion or sex depicted kaleidoscopically. Reception to the narrative evolution of the series varied, but the series’ quality as a visual feast was undeniable.

    Perennially on the verge of cancellation throughout its run on NBC from 2013 to 2015, Hannibal never caught on commercially or with industry awards and it now ranks among the Emmys’ greatest blind spots of this decade. The third and final season received no Emmy campaign at all from NBC, who left it up to the individuals who worked on the show to submit themselves (and only some did). It received a lone nomination for Best Supporting Visual Effects, the rare category in which nominees are decided by a panel’s review of submitted footage as opposed to a broad popularity-based ballot-check.

    A two-time Emmy nominee himself (Best Drama Series for Heroes in 2007 and Best Comedy Writing for Pushing Daisies in 2008), Fuller has carried over much of his Hannibal crew (directors, editors, production designers, hairstylists, the composer) to American Gods and this will hopefully be their Emmy redemption. With a bigger budget, longer episodes, fewer content restraints and more artistic freedom, what appears on screen is likely to match Fuller’s ambition closer than anything prior that he has made. The sparse regard by Fuller and fellow showrunner Michael Green for narrative conventions—the series’ premise is yet to be established really after half a season—make for some trying viewing experiences, but ones that must be endured if the Emmy voters hope to recognize the most outstanding achievements in television.

    Although critics have praised the scenery-chewing by supporting actor Ian McShane (2005 nominee for Best Drama Actor in Deadwood) as Mr. Wednesday, the disparate plotting of American Gods makes it unlikely to be much of a contender above the line. This is set to be Starz’s big push this year though and it should be able to yield love in Creative Arts races. Directors of photography Brendan Galvin and Jo Willems set a new standard for the crispness of cinematography such that American Gods deserves to be Starz’s first Emmy winner in that field, as well as its first nominee since The Pillars of the Earth (seven nominations in 2011, including Best Movie or Miniseries), which also starred McShane.

    Starz has had multiple programs nominated for Best Main Title Design, Music Composition, Original Main Title Theme Music, Sound Editing and Special Visual Effects. American Gods makes a strong case for each of those, as well as Best Fantasy/Contemporary Production Design. It would be a welcome breakthrough nominee for the network in Best Prosthetic Makeup; this is a show in which a character loses an arm, then carries it around before getting it reattached.

    If American Gods hopes to be nominated for acting, it might be wisest to push guests Cloris Leachman (an eight-time Emmy winner) as Zorya Vechernyaya and Peter Stormare (pictured above) as Czernobog, a couple of old gods who first appear in the second episode with thick accents and a penchant for monologues.

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    Somnambulist
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    Starz still looking for that breakthrough series. Fans of Outlander would of course argue that that series should’ve been their first acknowledgement by the Academy in Outstanding Drama Series but after two seasons it seems unlikely. Based on your review, we shouldn’t expect American Gods to be the one to do it, either. Not this season, at least.

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    Riley
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    Series regulars in the first half of the season:
    4/4 episodes: Ricky Whittle & Emily Browning
    3/4 episodes: Ian McShane
    2/4 episodes: Pablo Schreiber & Yetide Badaki
    1/4 episodes: Bruce Langley
    0/4 episodes: Crispin Glover

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    Series regulars in the first half of the season:
    4/4 episodes: Ricky Whittle & Emily Browning
    3/4 episodes: Ian McShane
    2/4 episodes: Pablo Schreiber & Yetide Badaki
    1/4 episodes: Bruce Langley
    0/4 episodes: Crispin Glover

    Which, if any, episodes do Gillian Anderson, Cloris Leachman, and Kristen Chenoweth appear in?

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    Riley
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    Gillian Anderson is in #2 and is credited on #3, but I could not find her. Cloris Leachman is in #2 and #3. Kristen Chenoweth is not in any.

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    pulp50
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    Just finished the first episode. Kinda really hate it. Is the dialogue this bad on purpose?

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    Riley
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    Yay, it is not just me! Although I knew that already when mixed reviews from veteran critics like Tim Goodman, Brian Lowry, Matt Roush and Ken Tucker pulled this down to its current 76 on Metacritic.

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    pulp50
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    I recommend getting really high before watching this show.

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    Anonymous
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    This was okay. It sort of reminds me of Legion. But Legion was better. Its fun to looks at. I loved the beginning. I’m a big Schrieber fan, but I don’t know if I love or hate him in this. The show was trying to hard. I feel like it has potential but right now its stuck up its own butt. It wasn’t bad, but its just not good (yet). I could easily change my mind as I keep watching. The show is visually gorgeous. I will keep watching for that alone.

    My grade: C

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    Riley
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    I made a gallery of the twenty-seven most prominent characters of the first season. Find out what the people look like in costume! Please click through for screenshots and quotes: http://www.goldderby.com/article/2017/american-gods-cast-season-1-ricky-whittle-ian-mcshane/

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    Tom O’Neil
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    I LOVE this show. I binge-watched the first 5 episodes on the Starz press site and was really hooked. Terrific!

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    vinny
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    Ok so I’m 50/50 on this one. Episode had it’s moments but not exactly feeling it either. My grade: C+

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    Courtney
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    I watched the first 10 minutes and turned it off. I’m going to wait to see if it starts getting rave reviews as it goes on. The blood was unnecessary and I didn’t like the vibe of it …not sure if it’s for me, but I’ll see.

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