According to a report by Variety, Starz has renewed American Gods, just two episodes into its premiere season. Season 2 is expected to air in mid-2018, though the amount of epsiodes it will feature has yet to be announced.
The new series, an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2001 award-winning novel of the same name, follows ex-con Shadow Moon after he is recently released from prison and thrown into a battle between the "old gods" who appear to be physical deities, and the "new gods" such as technology and media.
The show stars Ricky Whittle as Shadow, Ian McShane as Mr. Wednseday, Orlando Jones as Mr. Nancy, and Gillian Anderson as Media. The star-studded cast also includes Emily Browning, Pablo Schrieber, Jonathan Tucker, Cloris Leachman, Kristin Chenoweth, and Crispin Glover.
The series premiere, which aired on April 30th, opened with 975,000 viewers, eventually growing to 5 million after delayed viewing and other platforms were considered, becoming one of the best original series premiere’s Starz has ever had.
American Gods debuted to mostly positive reviews, still holding strong at 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, the writers, executive producers, and showrunners, have been praised for their effort, along with Gaiman for his writing and imagination.
“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," Starz programming president Carmi Zlotnik, said on Thursday.
The news of an early season renewal is especially heartening to people like me who are still, two years later, reeling over the cancellation of NBC’s Hannibal, Fuller’s previous addition to the small screen. When it was announced that my favorite Neil Gaiman novel was being adapted for Starz, the only thing that made me even more excited was learning that Bryan Fuller would be behind it. Not since peanut butter and jelly has a combination been more flawlessly crafted. Stylistically, the two complement each other so well, and I would only trust the dark, whimsical world of Gaiman to Fuller, who specializes in making the macabre beautiful.