American Gods (TV series)

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American Gods
Based on American Gods 
by Neil Gaiman
Developed by
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s)
  • Bryan Fuller
  • Michael Green
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Craig Cegielski
  • Stefanie Berk
  • Thom Beers
Production company(s)
Original network Starz

American Gods is an upcoming television series created by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green for Starz, based on the novel of the same name by author Neil Gaiman. Fuller and Green will script the first episode and serve as showrunners. Gaiman will executive produce along with Fuller, Green, Craig Cegielski, Stefanie Berk and Thom Beers.[1]


The series will focus on the mysterious Shadow, a man who is released from prison a few days early after serving a three year sentence for bank robbery when his beloved wife Laura is killed in a car accident. Flying home for the funeral, Shadow is seated next to a man who introduces himself only as Mr. Wednesday, and this man knows more about Shadow's life, both past and present, than is possible. Shadow comes to learn that Wednesday is, in fact, the god Odin of Norse mythology and that all of the gods that mankind has ever believed in are alive in human form and live among regular people. Shadow is soon thrust into a gathering conflict between the Old gods and the so-called "New gods", the gods of money and technology who believe there is no longer room on Earth for the old gods.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "The Bone Orchard"[9] David Slade Bryan Fuller & Michael Green 2017 (2017)[10] TBD



In 2011, American Gods author Neil Gaiman stated at the Edinburgh International Book Festival that HBO had expressed an interest in adapting the novel into a television series.[11][12] In March 2013 Gaiman spoke of the project's progress at the Cambridge International Student Film Festival, and confirmed that the prospective series' opening episode would "contain new elements and details" while still remaining "a lot like the opening chapters of the book".[13] He also commented that the book would only make up the first two seasons of the show and that he was still working on the pilot script, as his first script was not close enough to his book for HBO's satisfaction.[14] However, in November 2013 Gaiman announced on Reddit that the TV series is still in the works but no longer at HBO.[15]

In 2014 HBO's president of programming Michael Lombardo revealed that the project had been abandoned because they could not get the script right: "We tried three different writers, we put a lot of effort into it. Some things just don't happen."[16]

In February 2014, Fremantle Media acquired the rights to adapt the novel as a fantasy drama series.[17] In July 2014, it was announced that Starz would be developing the series with Bryan Fuller and Michael Green.[18]

Speaking of the series, Fuller stated that it would "[follow] the events of the books but expanding those events, and expanding the point of view to go above and beyond Shadow and Wednesday."[19] Permission has been given for the series to incorporate elements from the book's companion, Anansi Boys.[19] Fuller also confirmed that Gaiman is "very involved" with the production and expressed his hope that Gaiman would write an episode himself.[19]

On June 16, 2015, Starz officially announced that it had greenlit the series.[20][21] Showrunner Bryan Fuller estimated in May 2015 that the show would likely air in "late 2016";[22] however, it is set to premiere in early 2017.[10] The shooting was scheduled to begin on March 1, 2016 in Toronto and continue until September.[23]


On January 28, 2016, Ricky Whittle was cast as the lead character, Shadow Moon.[2] On March 2, 2016, it was announced that Ian McShane had been cast as Mr. Wednesday.[3] It was later announced on March 17, 2016 that Emily Browning will play Laura Moon, Shadow's wife.[4] On March 23, 2016 it was announced that Sean Harris, Yetide Badaki and Bruce Langley would play the respective roles of Mad Sweeney, Bilquis and Technical Boy.[5] On April 14, 2016, Jonathan Tucker and Crispin Glover were cast as Low Key Lyesmith and Mr. World.[6] On April 21, 2016, Cloris Leachman was cast as Zorya Vechernyaya, Peter Stormare as Czernobog, Chris Obi as Mr. Jaquel, and Mousa Kraish as the Jinn.[8]

On May 6, 2016, it was announced that Sean Harris had departed the series due to personal reasons and the role of "Mad Sweeney" was being recast.[24] On May 11, 2016, it was announced that Pablo Schreiber would take over the role of Mad Sweeney.[7]


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