Amer­i­can Gods

War is here as old and new gods do bat­tle in Amer­i­can Gods.

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Amer­i­can Gods Sea­son 1 Mon­days (from 29 May) M-Net (*101) 22:00 *See Ed’s Let­ter on p4 for broad­cast time in­for­ma­tion

Don’t ex­pect Vik­ing raid­ing ac­tion in vi­o­lent sci-fi se­ries Amer­i­can Gods (2017- cur­rent). It’s based on Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel of the same name and fol­lows Vik­ing god Odin (Ian McShane, Al Swearen­gen in drama Dead­wood, 2004-2006) aka Mr Wednesday, who hires ex­con Shadow Moon (Ricky Whit­tle, Lin­coln in sci-fi show The 100, 2014- cur­rent) as his driver while he’s re­unit­ing an­cient deities. “The gods thrive as long as their de­scen­dants wor­ship them,” says se­ries cre­ator Bryan Fuller (Han­ni­bal, 2013-2015). “But tra­di­tions were re­placed by so­ci­ety’s ob­ses­sion with media and tech­nol­ogy and the old gods faded.” But now they’re back!

DARK MOON RIS­ING

Shadow Moon’s free­dom is bit­ter­sweet: his wife Laura (Emily Brown­ing) died in a car crash the day be­fore his re­lease. He’s also pestered at the air­port by an­noy­ing flyer Mr Wednesday. “Shadow is obliv­i­ous to what’s go­ing on [that Wednesday is Odin] but he soon dis­cov­ers that the world is darker and stranger than he imag­ined,” says Bryan. Shadow’s eyes are opened when he’s hauled into a vir­tual limo by Tech­ni­cal Boy (Bruce Lan­g­ley), the mod­ern god of tech­nol­ogy.

WE’RE REAL TOO

Shadow and Mr Wednesday are go­ing to bump heads with deities like… Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber, George in Orange Is The New Black, 2013- cur­rent) is a lep­rechaun who has lost his golden coin charm. Mr Nancy (Or­lando Jones, Cap­tain Irv­ing in Sleepy Hol­low, 2013- cur­rent) is African trick­ster god Anansi, who in­cites race ri­ots. And Media (Gil­lian An­der­son, Scully in The X- Files, 1993- cur­rent) is the face of the mod­ern gods.

Vik­ing god Odin – aka Mr Wednesday.

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