American Gods is a book by Neil Gaiman, first published in 2001. It is also a television series based on the book which aires on the STARZ network. Both iterations tell the story of Shadow Moon, a felon who is released three days early from prison due to a family tragedy. On the way to the funeral, Shadow meets Mr. Wednesday, who offers him a job as a chauffeur, valet, and overall manservant. This encounter sets in motion events in Shadow’s life that are amazing, devastating, tragic, and triumphant. It sends him on a journey of discovery, whether he wants to go or not. In the end, Shadow could end up a hero, a martyr, back in jail, or the King of America.
Before I share the news of the television show based on Neil Gaiman’s novel, American Gods, that is coming to the Starz network, I have to gush for just a minute. I can’t possibly begin to write about this adaptation, developed and written by one of my favorite guys, Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies, Dead Like Me, Wonderfalls) until I’ve spent just a minute explaining why Neil Gaiman is so awesome and thus, why this news is so thrilling. If I could, I would take this moment to explain that Starz is a wonderful option for this adaptation because they are a premium channel with production power and funding like HBO and Showtime without the commitment to overabundant nudity and profanity that the other networks seem to have. If I didn’t have other things to talk about first, I might also give a reminder that Starz is the same network that brought us the last season of Torchwood, the Doctor Who spinoff featuring Captain Jack Harkness. But all that has to wait, because… NEIL!!!!