Starz announced today it has picked up a second season of its deity-driven, critically-acclaimed original series – American Gods. This should come as no surprise to anyone who has followed the show so far. Its premiere had over 5 million multiplatform viewers and has been growing.
The series debuted on April 30 to the most Live+SD series premiere viewers (975K) amongst all current STARZ Original series and 1.575 Million viewers Live +7, a STARZ series premiere record. The premiere of American Gods placed #1 on Nielsen Social Ratings for all scripted broadcast and cable television series on April 30.
Basically, what all that means, the show has kicked super butt and has far exceeded itself.
Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz, made an official statement concerning the approval of a second season:
“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.”
Craig Cegielski, Co-CEO of FremantlMedia North America further commented on the series:
“American Gods has been a ground-breaking series born out of belief and it’s thrilling to be partnered with Starz to continue this ambitious story. Neil Gaiman, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have ignited a conversation through cinematic magic, presented through a diverse ensemble of actors that continue to keep us engaged and inspired.”
For those of you who have not been following along with the show, please check out the synopsis of the show below and then get on with the viewing. It’s amazing.
Adapted from the award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman, 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.
The show stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover, and Orlando Jones. Additional cast include Gillian Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Jonathan Tucker, Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare, Chris Obi, Demore Barnes, Corbin Bernsen, and Mousa Kraish.
American Gods airs every Sunday at 9PM Eastern/8PM Central on STARZ. Please check it out! I highly recommend it.