Word broke late yesterday that Starz’s fantasy series American Gods, based on the Neil Gaiman book of the same name, has been renewed for a third season and new showrunner Charles “Chic” Eglee (The Walking Dead, Hemlock Grove) will come onboard to helm that. The news does not come as a huge surprise even though the show just returned for its second season and its debut numbers were down notably from its first year. There were already rumors that Starz planned on bringing the show back for a third year and that should give it a chance to complete the story from the book seeing as it has been unfolding that slowly thus far. I would not be surprised if that third season is announced as the show’s last at some point unless the ratings make a dramatic turnaround and they decide to go beyond the book. With Chic Eglee joining the show for its upcoming season, that will be the third time that American Gods has changed showrunners. Bryan Fuller and Michael Green departed after the first season due to “creative differences”, and Jesse Alexander has exited after his work on the second season (with rumors that he was mostly sidelined during the production). Neil Gaiman has been onboard since the show began and the word is that he was more “hands on” during the show’s second season. With the recent announcement, he has said that he is “thrilled” to be working with Chic Eglee on the show.
In American Gods, Mr. Wednesday (who is actually the personification of Odin) rallies together the old gods, who are languishing in America now that faith in them has dwindled, for a war against the new gods who represent globalization, technology, media, and other aspects of modern society. It stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Bruce Langley and Gillian Anderson (she was in the first season only). It is currently airing its second season on Starz at 8 PM EST on Sundays and on that network’s streaming service.
As we head into the final months of the regular season, expect more news as well as renewal and cancellation announcements. Be sure to stay tuned to this site and the Cancelled Sci Fi Twitter Site for breaking news as well as the latest ratings results.
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