Starz begins Season 2 production of American Gods at House on the Rock
Neil Gaiman and American Gods fans can both rejoice! Season 2 of the visually stunning show is back in production as revealed in a new teaser and first look image by Starz. The first look photo features the cast and the executive producer Neil Gaiman. The new showrunner Jesse Alexander is also featured in the photo, which takes place in the fabled Carousel Room. Filming is currently taking place at The House on the Rock. This location serves as a backdrop to a very critical moment in the book, which fans of the TV series will finally get to experience on the screen.
“The first season was all about getting to the House on the Rock,” says executive producer Neil Gaiman, “It’s amazing to see everyone back, and to be entering the next stage of the story with the best bunch of actors around, along with some inspired filmmakers.”
The 30 second teaser video teases fans about what they should expect in the upcoming new season. Season 2 of American Gods will have eight episodes and is set to return to Starz in 2019.
The cast includes Ricky Whittle as Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday, Emily Browning as Laura Moon, Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney, Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy, Yetide Badaki as Bilquis, Bruce Langley as Technical Boy, Crispin Glover as Mr. World, Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya, Peter Stormare as Czernobog, Mousa Kraish as The Jinn, Omid Abtahi as Salim, Chris Obi as Anubis, and Demore Barnes as Mr. Ibis.
It was revealed after the first season aired that Gillian Anderson would not be returning as Media. This news followed after the departure of showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. There was speculation as to whether or not the series would even continue after they departed but, with Jesse Alexander taking up the role of showrunner, things look like they are back up and running.
American Gods has been translated into over 30 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 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, is an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr. Wednesday, a conman but in reality one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation to battle the new deities.
American Gods is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Jesse Alexander will serve as showrunner and executive producer this season. FMNA’s Stefanie Berk is executive producing the series along with Neil Gaiman, Ian McShane, Craig Cegielski and Scott Hornbacher. Chris Byrne is directing the premiere episode and will co-executive produce along with Heather Bellson and Rodney Barnes. Lisa Kussner will produce. Senior Vice President of Original Programming Marta Fernandez and Manager of Original Programming Kathleen Clifford are the Starz executives in charge of American Gods.