As y’all should be well aware, tomorrow night is the premiere episode of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. TV ads have been hyping the Hell out of this, so I predict that this is going to be cable’s next big hit, and my newest obsession, following close on the heels of Westworld.
There are a whole bunch of reason why I know I’m going to love this show. I’m a fan of Neil Gaiman, and have read most, if not all, of his books. I’m also a Bryan Fuller fan. A better marriage between director and writer I couldn’t even make up. The lead character is a Black man named, of all things, Shadow Moon. How cool a name is that? And it features a truly astonishing cast: Ian Mcshane who I fell in love with in Deadwood, is the embodiment of Mr. Wednesday; Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy is absolutely perfect; Crispin Glover is Mr. World (AKA Loki); Gillian Anderson is Media,; and Fuller didn’t forget the sisters, either , as he cast the actress Yetide Badaki as Bilquist, a fertility goddess.
I still haven’t finished the book but that’s okay. I’m 3/4 of the way through the book and will be finished before the second episode airs. For those of you not into the book experience, who haven’t read it, there’s always the audiobook option, or if you’re really pressed for a primer, Wikipedia gives a complete rundown of the book’s plot, which I can attest is accurate.
In anticipation of the premiere, here! Have some links:
American Gods may have finally nailed the modern-fantasy formula on TV
Come for Ian McShane; stay for a faithful, 16-years-later retelling of Gaiman’s classic.
‘I Thought I Understood America’: Talking With Neil Gaiman About ‘American Gods’
As Starz launches its adaptation of the sprawling Gaiman novel, the show’s creators address its new and unexpected meanings in the Trump era.
By David M. Perry
American Gods Is a Gorgeous Mess
The new Starz show, adapted from the 2001 book by Neil Gaiman, is extravagantly ambitious and frequently absurd.
American Gods: Exclusive First Look at Mr. Nancy as Orlando Jones Talks Anansi BoysSpin-Off
TV Review: ‘American Gods’ on Starz
Neil Gaiman’s obsession with identifying the metaphor, in one Americans Gods passage