Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's delightful novel about an angel and demon working together in the face of the incoming divine apocalypse is coming to live-action in 2019 — but now we have our first official look at Crowley and Aziraphale.
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During his presentation at this year's Television Critics Association press junket, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht was open about the network's desire to keep the success it saw with the first season of American Gods moving forward as it looks to the future. Ideally, Albrecht said, American Gods would go on indefinitely.
American Gods' debut season has spent every episode telling us that gods walk among us. The final instalment of season one finally shows us how powerful they can be and just how far they will go to survive. Oh, and Shadow at long last has a come-to-Jesus moment. Actually, at least two come-to-Jesus moments, by my count.
Shadow Moon has been working with a mysterious con man who's more than he seems. He might have made snow fall from the sky just by thinking about it. Now, the worst thing yet: A god who can get him arrested like it's no big deal. American Gods is dropping that Shadow is cosmically important in some way he doesn't understand yet.
Humans have a hard time coming to grips with death, prompting them to come up with deities and beliefs that revolve around being judged and leaving a legacy. The newest episode of American Gods offers up a poignant spin on the mythological afterlife and teases ominous consequences for those who refuse to pass over to the other side.
The latest episode of American Gods introduced us to Mr Nancy (Orlando Jones), a smooth-talking African trickster god who manifests in the cargo hold of a slave ship making its way from Africa to America. It's dark, foreboding, painful, and some of the best television I've seen in a number of years. I had to talk to Jones himself about it.
The Visible Poetry Project aims to make poetry more accessible by lifting words off the page and transforming them into short films. The colourful Hate for Sale, from Dutch animator Anna Eijsbouts, is from an original poem about the seductive power of hate by Neil Gaiman. It's read in perfectly droll tones by Peter Kenny.
It's been 16 long years since Neil Gaiman wrote American Gods, a tale of the clash between the beliefs of the old world and the obsessions new. Near the end of a very long press day for Starz's TV adaptation of the book, Gaiman said that, as much as the cast and crew couldn't wait for everyone to see the show, at least they were no longer waiting for anyone to see it.
Months ago, I waffled over whether to re-read American Gods before the TV show started airing. Did I want to experience the show as its own unique thing or should I go back to the book and reacquaint myself with the plot? The decision to go back to Neil Gaiman's modern fantasy epic won out and I feel like I made the right choice, one that will change the way I watch the series.
American Gods is a giant tome of a book, with huge chunks removed or left out once Neil Gaiman realised how long his tale was getting. So when Bryan Fuller and Michael Green turned the book into a show, they had to move things around, change characters, and create a natural season end. And so the ending we're going to get is brand new.
American Gods 2 isn't happening any time soon. Author Neil Gaiman first teased the sequel to his best-selling novel, now a TV show on Starz, back in 2011. Six years later, there's no date in site. But that hasn't stopped Gaiman from pulling a quasi-J.K. Rowling and keeping the showrunners on their toes.
The biggest hazard a show like American Gods can run into is making it feel like you're just waiting on the freaky cool stuff to happen. That obstacle never presents itself in the first four episodes of Starz' new fantasy series, which feels quite unlike anything on television right now. Strangeness is always just an eye-blink away.
If you're a fan of science fiction and fantasy books, this has been a good week for you. Along with Philip Pullman finally giving the follow-up to His Dark Materials a release date, Neil Gaiman has announced that his next work will be a sequel to Neverwhere.