'American Gods' Gets Renewed for a Second Season on Starz

Thursday, 11 May 2017 - 7:10PM
American Gods
Thursday, 11 May 2017 - 7:10PM
'American Gods' Gets Renewed for a Second Season on Starz
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American Gods, the urban fantasy drama based on Neil Gaiman's psychedelic novel, has been on the air for under a month since its April premiere. But it's caught on (as it deserves to), because it's going to come back next year.

According to Deadline, Starz has just approved American Gods for a second season, which speaks to the show's impressive numbers, since the first season has only aired two out of its eight episodes so far. But that first episode, "The Bone Orchard," has currently garnered over five million views on various platforms according to Starz's numbers. Chances are, those numbers don't include any unofficial platforms, which would likely raise that number even higher.

Carmi Zlotnik, president of Starz programming, gave an official statement on the matter, praising showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green (and Gaiman, who's an executive producer) for their skillfulness in telling such a bizarre story:

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"Bryan Fuller, Michael Green and Neil Gaiman have evolved the art form of television narratively, structurally and graphically with American Gods, and we're thrilled to be working again with these artists as they continue to build the worlds and wars of the gods."
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For those who haven't seen it, American Gods follows ex-con Shadow (Ricky Whittle) after he's hired by an old god named Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), and the two embark on a cross-country road trip gathering Old Gods to face off against the villainous New Gods of media and technology. The first episode alone includes Shadow fighting against a leprechaun and later being abducted by the god of the internet - if that sounds just weird enough for your tastes, or even slightly too weird for your tastes, you should check it out anyway.

Either way, it's good to see that a show willing to try new things and get weird is being rewarded for it. The next episode of American Gods, "Head Full of Snow," airs May 14, 2017 on Starz.

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