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American Gods renewed for a second season

American Gods

Story by Jack Foley

AMERICAN Gods has been renewed for a second season by Starz.

Based on Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel of the same name, the show – which is available on Amazon Prime in the UK – focuses on a war brewing between old and new gods, which finds the traditional gods of biblical and mythological roots from around the world steadily losing believers to a new generation who reflect society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.

The show is led by a character named Shadow Moon (played by The 100‘s Ricky Whittle), an ex-con who becomes bodyguard and traveling partner to Mr Wednesday (Ian McShane), a con-man who is also one of the older gods, on a cross-country mission to gather his forces in preparation for the forthcoming battle.

Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and Michael Green (Heroes) serve as co-showrunners on the series.

Announcing the renewal, Starz programming president Carmi Zlotnik said: “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.”

According to figures released by Starz, the series premiere drew nearly 1.6 million viewers with seven days of delayed viewing factored in.

As yet, an episode count for the second season has not been revealed.

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