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American Gods (2017)

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Air Date:  Sunday, April 30, 2017  
Studio: Starz Media
Genre: Television
Rating: American Gods is rated for mature audiencesThis program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.

American Gods Synopsis

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"American Gods" posits a different kind of war brewing -- 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.

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Marilyn Manson Joins Cast of American Gods  9/17/2019 4:55 PM EST
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STARZ Network Brings A Fantastic Fan Experience to New York Comi...  10/5/2018 12:42 AM EST
If you have ever watched two of STARZ network's most popular shows - American Gods and Outlander - then you will want to attend the fan experiences for these shows at New York Comic Con this weekend.  First up, the American Gods diner.  With its authentic wallpaper and placemats, it makes one feel as if they are able to have a cup of coffee with Mr. Wednesday.  While their fans can take a photo an...  More>>

American Gods to Make Appearance at New York Comic Con  8/21/2018 11:21 AM EST
American Gods will be making its first official appearance at New York Comic Con this year.Executive Producer Neil Gaiman and cast members from the show will be taking part in a panel that will be held at the Hammerstein Ballroom at the Manhattan Center on Friday, October 5 from 1:30-2:30PM.Fans can tweet @AmericanGodsSTZ and @STARZ to join the conversation with #AmericanGods.American Gods was ada...  More>>

Michael Green and Bryan Fuller Exit American Gods Series  12/1/2017 3:30 PM EST
Michael Green and Bryan Fuller have left the Starz series American Gods. There is no official word on what the reason is for the departure but there are some rumors stating that it could be over budget issues. Allegedly, after the budget kept climbing, there were some cuts proposed by series producer FremantleMedia North America and thus the reason for the exit. No replacements have been named yet...  More>>

American God's Jack's Crocodile Bar Comes Alive During New York ...  10/10/2017 5:03 PM EST
New York Comic Con is not just exhibitors in a convention center, panels with the stars of your favorite shows and movies, or cosplay costumes.  It's a fully immersive fan experience including some great extras including fan parties.The popular STARZ television show American Gods offered one on Saturday night in Downtown NY for fans of the show.   The network took over Stitch bar on 37th street an...  More>>

American Gods Series Review

American Gods Series Review
War is coming…war between the old and the new.  At least that is what American Gods would have you believe.  After an almost two year hiatus, the hit television series is finally returning to STARZ on March 10, 2019, and fans of the show won't be disappointed.  Building on the premise and introduction of Season One, Season Two opens to more suspense, drama, and tension and promises to be a fun-filled ride the whole way through.  Just watching the trailer, it's obvious the show hasn't lost any of the momentum it offered back in 2017.

The those who are unfamiliar with American Gods, The eight episodes of the first season introduces us to Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle; The 100) who has emerged from jail after his wife, Laura (Emily Browning; Suckerpunch), was killed in a car accident.  On the way to her funeral he meets Wednesday (Ian McShane; Deadwood) who offers him a job as his bodyguard,  Shadow also meets Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber; Orange is the New Black) who is a leprechaun and gives Shadow a gold coin after Shadow bests him in a fight.  Throughout the season, Shadow begins to believe in magic especially when that "magic coin" seemingly brings Laura back to life.  Shadow also learns that there is tension between the old gods and the new ones.  The season ends with the big revelation that Wednesday is really the god, Odin.

With that whammy of a secret out in the open, we start season two with Mr. World (Crispin Glover; Back to the Future) getting fixed and mad at Wednesday/Odin.  As the leader of the new gods, Mr. World is not pleased and is ready to rid the earth of the old gods once and for all.  This causes Wednesday to convene a meeting of the old gods, trying to convince them to go to war.  And this is where episode one ends.

Returning are all the characters we have grown to love from Season one.  Whittle is excellent as Shadow and he and McShane have terrific chemistry.  McShane once again portrays a wholly unlikable character but does it with such charm that you can't help but enjoy his moments on screen.  Scheiber and Browning bring some comic relief to their scenes and their snarky banter bring s a smile to ones face.  Glover has a commanding presence that makes him a worthwhile adversary for McShane.

After two years of waiting and rumors of a shakeup of the top management of the show, one might worry that the show would have suffered.  Luckily this isn't the case.  The writing is still engaging and fresh and the production value is strong.  The details in the carousel scene are intricate and the fire emanating from the gods during their council meeting looks authentic. Starz placed a premium on quality and American Gods delivers.  The story moves seamlessly from season one into season two without missing a beat and the first episode seems to draw the viewer in as if it doesn't want to let go.

If you missed Season One of American Gods, good news! you still have time to catch up before season two starts.  If you already saw it, then I suggest rewatching it so you are prepped and ready for March 10, 2019, because as season openers go this a good one with a plot that will keep you engaged not only throughout the first hour but for the entire season.

Grade: A-


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  • 10/8/2018 4:44 PM EST

    Season 2 Teaser

    A storm is coming. American Gods returns to STARZ in 2019. Starring Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Yetide Badaki, Orlando Jones, Omid Abtahi, Mousa Krais...
  • 2/23/2019 7:22 PM EST

    Season 2 Official Trailer

    The epic war of the gods begins when American Gods premieres March 10 on STARZ. Where will you stand?...


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