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Review of "American Gods" 5/27/17 by Suzanne
Airs Sundays, 9pm eastern time on Starz

I don't generally like shows on Starz because they tend to be very violent. This show, however, is very good and you can easily look away when it gets too bad. It's based on a book by Neal Gaiman, which I haven't read.  Some of the series is slow, but it's not unbearable to watch.  It gets better as it goes along.

It's about some supernatural beings that call themselves Gods. They came to America a long time ago and find that people don't worship them as they used to. Now they're being replaced by some newer Gods. They're all preparing for war. You don't learn all this at first. We see most of the action from the point of view of a young man in prison named Shadow Moon. When he's about to get out, he learns that his beloved wife is dead. He's approached by a strange older man (Ian McShane, who's always great) who offers him a job. He gets sucked into the Gods' world and their politics.

The show has a fantastic cast, including Gillian Anderson, Beth Grant, Cloris Leachman, and many more.  Bryan Fuller and Michael Green co-write and run the show.  "American Gods" seems very strange, but you just have to sit back and enjoy the ride. Don't miss it!

MORE INFORMATION:

When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know, this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife, and suddenly hired as Mr. Wednesday’s bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to understand. It’s a hidden world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, like Technology and Media. Mr. Wednesday seeks to build a coalition of Old Gods to defend their existence in this new America, and reclaim some of the influence that they’ve lost. As Shadow travels across the country with Mr. Wednesday, he struggles to accept this new reality, and his place in it.

Starz announced today it has picked up a second season of its deity-driven, critically-acclaimed original series "American Gods," 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.* Adapted from the award-winning novel, "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.

PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Beth Grant as Jack
· Bruce Langley as Technical Boy
· Chris Obi as Anubis
· Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya
· Corbin Bernsen as Vulcan
· Crispin Glover as Mr. World
· Dane Cook as Robbie
· Demore Barnes as Mr. Ibis
· Emily Browning as Laura Moon
· Gillian Anderson as Media
· Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday
· Jeremy Davies as Jesus
· Jonathan Tucker as Low Key Lyesmith
· Kristin Chenoweth as Easter
· Mousa Kraish as The Jinn
· Omid Abtahi as Salim
· Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy
· Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney
· Peter Stormare as Czernobog
· Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon
· Yetide Badaki as Bilquis


RECURRING/PREVIOUS CAST INFORMATION:
· Sean Harris as Mad Sweeney (Original Pilot)
CREW INFORMATION:
· Bryan Fuller as CRTR/EP
· Craig Cegielski as EP
· David Slade as DIR (Pilot)
· Michael Green as CRTR/EP
· Neil Gaiman as EP/BOOK
· Stefanie Berk as EP
GENRE(S):
· drama
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· FremantleMedia North America

"American Gods" is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller ("Hannibal," "Pushing Daisies," "Heroes") and Michael Green ("Blade Runner 2049," "Alien: Covenant," "Murder on the Orient Express," "Kings," "Heroes") are writers and showrunners. David Slade ("Hannibal," "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse") is directing the pilot and additional episodes. FMNA'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 "American Gods."

Starz retains all network pay TV and SVOD rights, as well as certain DVD distribution rights in the US and Canada, to the project. FremantleMedia is distributing the series in all other media worldwide.

Written by Neil Gaiman in 2001, American Gods has been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel.

About Starz

Starz (www.starz.com), a Lionsgate company (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), is a leading global media and entertainment company that provides premium subscription video programming on domestic U.S. pay television networks and produces and distributes content for worldwide audiences, including its investment in the STARZ PLAY Arabia OTT service. Starz is home to the flagship STARZ(R) brand with 24.3 million subscribers in the United States as of December 31, 2016, with the STARZ ENCORESM network at 31 million subscribers. Starz provides high-quality, entertaining premium subscription video programming with 17 premium pay TV channels and associated on-demand and online services, including the STARZ app. Sold through U.S. multichannel video distributors, including cable operators, satellite television providers, telecommunications companies, and other online and digital platforms, Starz offers subscribers more than 5,000 distinct premium television episodes and feature films every year and up to 1,500 every month, including STARZ Original series, first-run movies and other popular movie and television programming.

About FremantleMedia North America

FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is a premier content studio. FMNA and its portfolio of companies, including Random House Studio, Original Productions and 495 Productions, create entertaining and innovative scripted and alternative programs for network, cable, syndicated and digital partners. Its diverse, critically-acclaimed and award-winning slate includes America's Got Talent (NBC), Family Feud (SYN), Let's Make A Deal (CBS), The Price Is Right (CBS), The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC), Deadliest Catch (Discovery), Jay Leno's Garage (CNBC) Married to Medicine (Bravo), Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party (VH1), Blue Collar Millionaires (CNBC), Ice Road Truckers (HISTORY), Storage Wars (A&E), Celebrity Family Feud (ABC), To Tell The Truth (ABC), Match Game (ABC) and American Gods (STARZ), among others. FMNA also operates BUZZR, a retro game show channel that launched in 2015, and is available in the top 10 U.S. markets, and 65 percent of the country.

FMNA is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business. As one of the world's largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of TV brands in the world, FremantleMedia's comprehensive global network has operations in 31 countries, creating over 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 45 formats and managing over 350 individual titles. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. For more information follow us @FMNATV and visit our Facebook page.

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