The gods of television have diverted their favor from American gods, at least for now. The serial adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel with Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane will not return for a fourth season on Starz, the channel confirmed on Monday.
News of the often-troubled series’ untimely end isn’t entirely unexpected and follows the Season 3 finale on March 21. This end of the season saw Whittle’s Shadow Moon seemingly killed after a vigil at the mythical Tree of Life for his seemingly deceased. and estranged father, Mr. Wednesday / Odin, played by McShane. Pivotal point of Gaiman’s book, the incident set up American gods‘fourth season with Wednesday taking advantage of Shadow Moon’s sacrifice for Wednesday’s own resurgence in battle against the New Gods.
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“Everyone at Starz is grateful to the dedicated cast and crew, as well as our partners at Fremantle who brought the ever-relevant story of writer and executive producer Neil Gaiman to life who speaks about the cultural climate of our country, ”a spokesperson for the network told Deadline today.
In typical small-screen fashion, where no one ever says more, we hear that there is talk of concluding the Toronto-themed series to align with Gaiman’s 2001 novel as a series. event or TV movie. However, based on the fact American gods has seen double-digit odds decline from season to season, any hope of a continuation could be more smoke than fire from the high-end cable.
Developed for television by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, American gods has seen almost as much drama behind the camera as in front of it since its premiere in April 2017 with the original cast which included Whittle, McShane, Orlando Jones, Emily Browning, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover, Kahyun Kim, Omid Abtahi, Mousa Kraish and Pablo Schreiber.
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Fuller and Green left the series in pre-production for Season 2, replaced by Jesse Alexander and, to a lesser extent, Gaiman, in what has become a problematic year as backstage and long elbows sharpen delays drove his return in March. 2019. Schreiber, Kraish, and more publicly, Jones did not return for Season 3, which debuted on January 10.
Gaiman is currently stepping up work on Netflix’s fantasy adaptation of his comic series The sand man, with a cast earlier this year featuring Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance, Asim Chaudhry and Sanjeev Bhaskar among others. The prolific author has already Good omens at Amazon.
Produced by Fremantle, American gods is produced by current showrunner Charles Eglee, Gaiman, Anne Kenney, Damian Kindler, David Paul Francis, Mark Tinker, McShane, Craig Cegielski and Stefanie Berk.
Starz’s next list includes Rule the world; Blindspotting; Power Book III: Raising Kanan and Power Book IV: Force; Black mafia family; the second seasons of Hightown, Power Book II: Ghost et P-Valley; and season 3 of Intensifier among others. Earlier this month, he renewed Outlander for a seventh season.
Upon hearing the news, Shadow Moon himself responded to the cancellation. Whittle recalled his time on the Starz series, thanking everyone involved in the process – from the cast and crew to Neil Gaiman.
“It has been an amazing trip so far and I am so grateful to my fellow cast and crew who have worked so hard on this award winning show. We have the best fans around the world and thank you each and every one of you for your passion and support, so please know that Neil Gaiman, Fremantle myself and the cast are still determined to complete the acclaimed Neil Gaiman story. critical, ”he wrote.
See Whittle’s article below.
– Ricky Whittle (@MrRickyWhittle) 30 mars 2021