For all of you faithful longtime fans of Neil Gaiman‘s novel American Gods and all of the new believers converted by the recently launched TV series of the same name who were worried that show would finally get here, not do so well, and be unceremoniously excommunicated on us, you can all breathe a big sigh of relief.
It’s been announced that STARZ has officially given the greenlight to American Gods season two, so we’ll have more to look forward to once the eight-episode season one finishes its run.
You can read the full announcement below if interested.
Here’s the informative bits of the press release from STARZ:
Beverly Hills, Calif. â€” Starz announced today it has picked up a second season of its deity-driven, critically-acclaimed original series â€œAmerican Gods,â€ produced by FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), following its premiere on STARZ on April 30, which has garnered more than 5 million multiplatform viewers to-date and growing.*
Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz, said, â€œBryan Fuller, Michael Green and Neil Gaiman have evolved the art form of television narratively, structurally and graphically with â€˜American Gods,â€™ and weâ€™re thrilled to be working again with these artists as they continue to build the worlds and wars of the gods.â€
â€œAmerican Gods has been a ground-breaking series born out of belief and itâ€™s thrilling to be partnered with Starz to continue this ambitious story. Neil Gaiman, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have ignited a conversation through cinematic magic, presented through a diverse ensemble of actors that continue to keep us engaged and inspired,â€ said Craig Cegielski, Co-CEO of FremantleMedia North America.
The series debuted on April 30th at 9PM ET/PT to the most Live+SD series premiere viewers (975K) amongst all current STARZ Original series and 1.575 Million viewers Live +7, a STARZ series premiere record.** The premiere of â€œAmerican Godsâ€ placed #1 on Nielsen Social Ratings for all scripted broadcast and cable television series on Sunday, 4/30/2017. (1)
About â€œAmerican Godsâ€
Adapted from the award-winning novel, â€œAmerican Godsâ€ posits a different kind of war brewingâ€”one between Old Gods and New. The traditional Old Gods, with mythological roots from around the world, fear irrelevance as their believers die off or are seduced by the money, technology, and celebrity offered by the New Gods. Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) is an ex-con who, left adrift by the recent death of his wife, becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to conman Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). But in truth, Mr. Wednesday is a powerful old deity, on a cross-country mission to build an army and reclaim his lost glory.
â€œAmerican Godsâ€ also stars Emily Browning (â€œSucker Punch,â€ â€œLegendâ€) as Laura Moon and Pablo Schreiber (â€œOrange is the New Blackâ€) as Mad Sweeney. Other cast members include Yetide Badaki (â€œAquarius,â€ â€œMasters of Sexâ€) as Bilquis; Bruce Langley (â€œDeadly Watersâ€) as Technical Boy; Crispin Glover (â€œBack to the Futureâ€) as Mr. World; and Orlando Jones (â€œMadiba,â€ â€œSleepy Hollowâ€) as Mr. Nancy.
Additional cast include Gillian Anderson (â€œThe X-Files,â€ â€œThe Fallâ€) as Media; Kristin Chenoweth (â€œPushing Daisies,â€ â€œWickedâ€) as Easter; Jonathan Tucker (â€œKingdomâ€) as Low Key Lyesmith; Cloris Leachman (â€œMalcom in The Middle,â€ â€œRaising Hopeâ€) as Zorya Vechernyaya; Peter Stormare (â€œFargo,â€ â€œPrison Breakâ€) as Czernobog; Chris Obi (â€œSnow White and the Huntsman,â€ â€œThe Counselorâ€) as Anubis; Demore Barnes (â€œ12 Monkeysâ€) as Mr. Ibis; Corbin Bernsen (â€œL.A. Lawâ€) as Vulcan; and Mousa Kraish (â€œSuperbad,â€ â€œFast & Furiousâ€) as The Jinn.
â€œAmerican Godsâ€ is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller (â€œHannibal,â€ â€œPushing Daisies,â€ â€œHeroesâ€) and Michael Green (â€œLogan,â€ â€œBlade Runner 2049,” “Alien: Covenant,” “Murder on the Orient Express,” â€œKings,â€ â€œHeroesâ€) are writers and showrunners. David Slade (â€œHannibal,â€ â€œThe Twilight Saga: Eclipseâ€) directed the pilot and additional episodes. FMNAâ€™s Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk are executive producers along with Fuller, Green, Slade, Adam Kane and Neil Gaiman. Senior Vice Presidents of Original Programming Marta Fernandez and Ken Segna are the Starz executives in charge of â€œAmerican Gods.â€
American Gods airs on STARZ on Sunday nights.
Be sure to head right here, for more on the show including trailers. You can also check out The Dominant Paradigm, Geeks of Doom’s American Gods companion podcast.
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