Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' Show Will Premiere in April

Thursday, 23 February 2017 - 8:27PM
American Gods
Thursday, 23 February 2017 - 8:27PM
Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' Show Will Premiere in April
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The American Gods show, based on Neil Gaiman's 2001 novel about old and modern gods duking it out, has been in the works for quite some time, with even a planned comic tie-in. But the Starz eight episode series finally has an official release date for this spring.

According to Deadline, the show's going to first premiere at SXSW on March 11, in a big event with the cast and crew. This will include executive producers Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Star Trek: Discovery) and Michael Green, as well as stars Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane (who play Shadow and Mr. Wednesday, respectively). But for everyone else, the official date is April 30, 2017, which is a Sunday and unfortunately not a Wednesday, so they missed a chance for an inside joke there.

Like the book, the show will follow Shadow Moon, an ex-con who becomes a bodyguard for the traveling con-man Mr. Wednesday. Wednesday introduces Shadow to a whole world of godlike beings wandering around America, who fear they're becoming obsolete as Americans start worshipping newer gods, and then things get stranger from there. 

A poster was also released, featuring the eccentric combination of Shadow, Mr. Wednesday, and a bison. Neither of the two look particularly concerned about the bison blocking the road, but anyone who's read Gaiman's novel will know that's far from the weirdest thing they encounter. There's no violent leprechauns or undead wives here just yet.


American Gods premieres April 30, 2017 on Starz.
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