"American Gods" (TV show) is a drama series on Starz that is based upon Neil Gaiman's acclaimed contemporary fantasy novel of the same name. The 2001 novel has been translated into over thirty languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel.

The plot posits a war brewing between old and new gods: the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to an upstart pantheon of gods reflecting society's modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs. Its protagonist, Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a con man but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.

The series stars Ricky Whittle ("The 100," "Austenland") as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane ("Deadwood," "Ray Donovan") as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning ("Sucker Punch," "Legend") as Laura Moon, and Pablo Schreiber ("Orange is the New Black") as Mad Sweeney.

The cast also includes Gillian Anderson ("The X-Files") as Media, Kristin Chenoweth ("Pushing Daisies," "Wicked") as Easter, Orlando Jones ("Madiba," "Sleepy Hollow") as Mr. Nancy, Yetide Badaki ("Aquarius," "Masters of Sex") as Bilquis, Bruce Langley ("Deadly Waters") as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover ("Back to the Future") as Mr. World, Jonathan Tucker ("Kingdom") as Low Key Lyesmith, Cloris Leachman ("Malcom in the Middle," "Raising Hope") as Zorya Vechernyaya, Peter Stormare ("Fargo," "Prison Break") as Czernobog, Chris Obi ("Snow White and the Huntsman," "The Counselor") as Anubis, Demore Barnes ("12 Monkeys") as Mr. Ibis, Corbin Bernsen ("L.A. Law") as Vulcan, and Mousa Kraish ("Superbad," "Fast & Furious") as The Jinn.

"American Gods" is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller ("Hannibal," "Pushing Daisies," "Heroes") and Michael Green ("The River," "Kings," "Heroes"), serve as writers and showrunners. Gaiman will also executive produce the series. FremantleMedia North America's Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk executive produce, along with Fuller, Green and Neil Gaiman. Senior Vice President of Original Programming Ken Segna is the Starz executive in charge. FremantleMedia distributes the series worldwide.


Network: Starz
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: April 30, 2017
Seasons: 1
Production Company: FremantleMedia North America

Ricky Whittle to Star in 'American Gods' — With production set to begin this April, the new Starz drama series has cast the up-and-coming actor as Shadow Moon in the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's blockbuster fantasy novel. Read more...
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