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When it was announced that Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" was getting a TV adaptation, the internet went nuts. Fantasy fans were excited at the prospect of a smart new show, Gaiman fans were excited at the prospect of seeing one of the author's best works being adapted and me... well, I was excited that the project was being produced by Bryan Fuller (of "Hannibal," "Dead Like Me," "Wonderfalls" and "Dead Like Me" fame) and Michael Green (of the short lived but amazing "Kings," "Heroes" and "Everwood").


The story follows Shadow, convict whose life is turned upside down on the eve of his release when his wife Laura and his best friend are killed in a car accident.


With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday. A trickster and rogue, Wednesday seems to know more about Shadow than Shadow does himself.


Life as Wednesday's bodyguard, driver, and errand boy is far more interesting and dangerous than Shadow ever imagined—it is a job that takes him on a dark and strange road trip and introduces him to a host of eccentric characters whose fates are mysteriously intertwined with his own. Along the way Shadow will learn that the past never dies; that everyone, including his beloved Laura, harbors secrets; and that dreams, totems, legends, and myths are more real than we know. Ultimately, he will discover that beneath the placid surface of everyday life a storm is brewing—an epic war for the very soul of America—and that he is standing squarely in its path.




I've never read Gaiman's novel and quite frankly, it doesn't sound like something I'd want to read but I sure am interested in this show which stars Ricky Whittle (best known for his great work as Lincoln in "The 100") and the always great Ian McShane as Wednesday. Also cast so far are Gillian Anderson, Emily Browning, Dane Cook, Peter Stormare, Orlando Jones and Crispin Glover among many others.


The newly minted teaser for the show introduces the two leads and reveals very little of the plot but we also get a great feel for the mood of the show and a glimpse at some of the fantastical elements we can expect not to mention the promise of a little bit of violence.


I was already pretty excited for the project – Fuller and all of his projects have my full attention – but now I really can't wait. This looks great!


"American Gods" will premiere on Starz in 2017.



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Genius (7 months ago) Reply

They got the mood right.


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