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The Den of Geek Christmas 2017 UK TV and radio guide

Louisa Mellor Dec 13, 2017

We’ve taken a highlighter to this year’s Christmas and New Year TV schedules and circled what we’ll be watching this festive season…

Amid the cosy repeats and cranberry-stuffed cookery shows on TV over the next few weeks are a few gems. There’s no Sherlock or Charlie Brooker’s TV Wipe this year, but there are plenty of treats, not least the return of The League Of Gentlemen for a three-part anniversary series and Peter Capaldi’s last hurrah in the Tardis in the Doctor Who Christmas episode.

See related 26 new TV shows to watch in 2017

Over on Netflix, six new episodes of Black Mirror are coming to usher in the New Year, two days into which we welcome the return of Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton’s genius anthology Inside No. 9.

Not to gloss over a spooky M.R. James night on BBC Four,
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Awesometacular: Jeremy Gives His Thoughts on Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Star Trek’ Movie

In the final episode of Season 1 of Awesometacular Jeremy Jahns shares his thoughts on the possibility of Quentin Tarantino directing a Star Trek movie. He also plays a round of The Canlot with Mark Ellis and talks to Jon Schnepp about the comic book series The Sandman from Neil Gaiman. Josh Macuga also dares to enter The Comedy Story in Los Angeles to explore its haunted history. Jeremy Jahns discusses the news that Quentin Tarantino might direct a new Star Trek movie. After that, Collider’s Mark Ellis joins Jeremy for a round of The Canlot during which they …
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Blu-ray Review – American Gods: Season One

Ricky Church reviews American Gods season one…

For many years, Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods was thought to be unfilmable. It was felt the novel was too grandiose for the big screen, with too many characters and too much story to fit into one 2-hour or 2-hour plus film. Almost 20 years later, Michael Green and Bryan Fuller thought to develop it as a television series for Starz starring Ricky Whittle (The 100) as protagonist Shadow Moon and Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as the mysterious Mr. Wednesday.

The 8-episode first season adapts roughly a third of the novel. Shadow Moon is released early from prison after learning his wife has died in an unfortunate car accident while having an affair with his best friend. Adrift, he meets the mysterious and enigmatic con-man Mr. Wednesday, who offers Shadow a job as his bodyguard. The two begin
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Good Omens: First Look at Jon Hamm in New Amazon Series

Good news for Jon Hamm fans. Amazon has just released a first look at the Mad Men star in the upcoming TV show Good Omens, TVLine reports.Based on the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, the fantasy-drama revolves around the birth of Satan’s son and the efforts of an angel and a demon to try and stop the coming apocalypse. The cast includes Hamm, Michael Sheen, and David Tennant.Read More…
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First look at John Hamm as Archangel Gabriel in Amazon's Good Omens

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Being a fan of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, it is a bit unfortunate that I haven't yet read Good Omens, a collaboration between the two. But I might remedy that fact soon, as the new Amazon show based on it looks like it's going to be a hoot. The story concerns "the birth of the son of Satan, the coming of the End Times. There are attempts by the angel Aziraphale and the demon Crowley to... Read More...
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First look at Jon Hamm as Archangel Gabriel in Good Omens

As production continues on Amazon’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens, the studio has released the first picture of Mad Men star Jon Hamm as the Archangel Gabriel. The series is currently filming in the UK for a 2019 premiere date. Hamm will be starring opposite Michael Sheen (Passengers) as the angel Aziraphale and David Tennant (Doctor Who) as the demon Crowley. Check it out below…

“I read Good Omens almost twenty years ago,” Jon Hamm said. “I thought it was one of the funniest, coolest books I’d ever read. It was also, obviously, unfilmable. Two months ago Neil sent me the scripts, and I knew I had to be in it.”

“Gabriel is everything that Aziraphale isn’t: he’s tall, good-looking, charismatic and impeccably dressed,” Gaiman said. “We were fortunate that Jon Hamm was available, given that he is already all of these things without even having to act.
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First Look At Jon Hamm As Archangel Gabriel In Amazon’s ‘Good Omens’

Amazon has revealed the first picture of Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actor Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Baby Driver, Bridesmaids) in the role of the Archangel Gabriel in new Prime Original series Good Omens. Take a look below.

The six-part television adaptation by BBC Studios of the best-selling novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett is currently in production in the UK and will be launch globally on Amazon Prime Video in 2019, before also being shown in the UK on BBC Two at a later date.

On his casting in the role of Gabriel Jon Hamm says: “I read Good Omens almost twenty years ago. I thought it was one of the funniest, coolest books I’d ever read. It was also, obviously, unfilmable. Two months ago Neil sent me the scripts, and I knew I had to be in it.”

Showrunner Neil Gaiman adds: “Gabriel is everything that Aziraphale isn’t: he’s tall,
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32 Things This Picture of Jon Hamm Reminds Us Of

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Image Source: BBC Studios In somewhat unexpected casting news, Jon Hamm is portraying the Archangel Gabriel. Yes, the biblical messenger. The role is for the upcoming Good Omens adaptation, which will be a six-part miniseries based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's novel about the end of days. The series - also starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant - will air on Amazon Prime Video in 2019. Although that's ridiculously far away, we've been blessed with the first glimpse of Hamm in the new show, and it's really . . . something. In a new press release, BBC Studios shared the photo of Hamm dressed as Gabriel, and it's safe to say that nothing will ever be the same for us. "Gabriel is the leader of the angels, and the most stylish and impeccably dressed of all of them," costume designer Claire Anderson said. "We chose an immaculately tailored suit that Jon Hamm wears to perfection,
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American Gods: Season Two in Trouble? Executive Producers Leave Starz Series

Although it was renewed for season two, back in May, is the American Gods TV show in danger of being cancelled before its second season on Starz? Showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have exited, and the series is in need of someone to replace them, but it seems there may also be budget concerns. A Starz TV series adaptation of Neil Gaiman's fantasy novel, American Gods stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Gillian Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Jonathan Tucker, Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare, Chris Obi, Demore Barnes, Corbin Bernsen, and Mousa Kraish. Read More…
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TVLine Items: Good Omens First Look at Jon Hamm, The Oath Trailer and More

TVLine Items: Good Omens First Look at Jon Hamm, The Oath Trailer and More
Jon Hamm is looking positively angelic in Amazon’s forthcoming adaptation of the Neil Gaiman/Terry Pratchett fantasy novel Good Omens.

As previously reported, the Mad Men alum will assume the role of archangel Gabriel. The photo below, released on Thursday, features our first glimpse of Hamm as God’s impeccably dressed messenger.

Good Omens is set to premiere in 2019.

RelatedAmerican Gods EPs Bryan Fuller and Michael Green Exit Ahead of Season 2

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…

* Crackle’s 10-episode drama The Oath, starring Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) and Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), will premiere on Thursday,
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Bryan Fuller and Michael Green exit American Gods season 2 as showrunners

In a bit of surprising news, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are leaving Starz’s American Gods as the series’ showrunners. They will no longer be part of the show going forward despite its active development for the second season.

American Gods premiered on Starz earlier this Spring and earned a quick renewal after it became a ratings hit. The reason why Fuller and Green have exited the series hasn’t been confirmed yet, though Deadline reports it is because of the series’ budget. According to them, the first season’s budget had grown to Game of Thrones levels and Dante di Lorento, the new chief of American Gods‘ producer FremantleMedia North America, wanted to cut the second season’s budget, leading to Fuller and Green’s departure.

Despite their exit, Fuller and Green have apparently written more than half the episodes for the 10-episode second season, which Starz is aiming for a mid-2018 premiere.
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‘American Gods’ Bloodbath: Showrunners Bryan Fuller, Michael Green Depart in Shakeup

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‘American Gods’ Bloodbath: Showrunners Bryan Fuller, Michael Green Depart in Shakeup
FremantleMedia North America has made a massive shift at the helm of its signature scripted series, “American Gods.” Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, who adapted the series from the Neil Gaiman novel, are departing the show, and it’s unclear how that might impact production on Season 2.

According to multiple insiders, Fremantle had a falling out with Fuller and Green due to a debate over budgets. One noted that Fremantle wasn’t factoring season-to-season cost increases, as well as an bump in the exchange rate with Canada, where the show is filmed. Ultimately, that would have meant a cut in the show’s episodic budget, which is already high because it doesn’t have any standing sets. Budget concerns forced an impasse between both sides, ultimately leading to the decision to part ways.

Both Fuller and Green have busy plates beyond “Gods,” which may have also led to the change.
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‘American Gods’ Bloodbath: Showrunners Bryan Fuller, Michael Green Depart in Shakeup

‘American Gods’ Bloodbath: Showrunners Bryan Fuller, Michael Green Depart in Shakeup
FremantleMedia North America has made a massive shift at the helm of its signature scripted series, “American Gods.” Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, who adapted the series from the Neil Gaiman novel, are departing the show, and it’s unclear how that might impact production on Season 2.

According to multiple insiders, Fremantle had a falling out with Fuller and Green due to a debate over budgets. One noted that Fremantle wasn’t factoring season-to-season cost increases, as well as an bump in the exchange rate with Canada, where the show is filmed. Ultimately, that would have meant a cut in the show’s episodic budget, which is already high because it doesn’t have any standing sets. Budget concerns forced an impasse between both sides, ultimately leading to the decision to part ways.

Both Fuller and Green have busy plates beyond “Gods,” which may have also led to the change.
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American Gods EPs Bryan Fuller and Michael Green Exit Ahead of Season 2

American Gods EPs Bryan Fuller and Michael Green Exit Ahead of Season 2
Perhaps this is the reason American Gods‘ second season has yet to begin production: Co-showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have departed the Starz drama, TVLine has confirmed.

According to Deadline, the pair — who are rumored to have left due to creative differences with producer Freemantle over the length and direction of Season 2 — informed the cast of their departure today. The site reports that Neil Gaiman, whose award-winning novel inspired the series, may come on board as a co-showrunner, though Gaiman tweeted late Wednesday that was not going to be the case:

No, it's not true at all. I'm showrunning
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'American Gods' Showrunners Bryan Fuller, Michael Green Exit Starz Drama

There's a change at the top of Starz's American Gods.

Showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have stepped down from the Fremantle-produced Neil Gaiman drama. A replacement has not yet been determined. Starz declined comment. Sources say Fuller and Green — who developed the series for TV — had creative differences with producers Fremantle over the show's (rapidly expanding) budget.

Fuller and Green had already written most of the scripts for the second season of the high-concept, hyper-stylized drama. An episode count for the second season was never announced after the series scored a fast renewal at the premium cable...
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‘American Gods’: Michael Green & Bryan Fuller Exit As Showrunners Of Starz Series

Updated: Michael Green and Bryan Fuller, the masterminds behind Starz’s American Gods, have exited the big-budget drama series. We hear the duo informed the cast of their departure today. Fuller and Green created the adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 2001 award-winning novel and served as executive producers/showrunners on the show, which debuted this past spring and earned a quick Season 2 renewal. We’ve learned that more than half of the scripts for Season 2, which had been…
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Writers Guild Animation Award Goes to Wolverine Co-Creator Len Wein

Writers Guild Animation Award Goes to Wolverine Co-Creator Len Wein
Len Wein, co-creator of the Wolverine and Swamp Thing characters, will posthumously receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Animation Writers Caucus Animation Writing Award.

The ceremony will take place Tuesday night at the guild’s Los Angeles headquarters. DC Comics co-publisher Dan Didio will present the guild’s Awc lifetime achievement award to Wein’s widow, Christine Valada, in recognition of his significant impact on animation, as well as the legacy of his work. Wein died on Sept. 10.

The evening will also include a special appearance by the creators and cast of “The Thrilling Adventure Hour” podcast, as well as video tributes from “Logan” star Hugh Jackman, who portrayed the Logan/Wolverine mutant character in seven superhero movies from 2000’s “X-Men” through 2017’s “Logan,” and novelist-screenwriter Neil Gaiman.

“There are few writers in our industry whose work has made such a lasting impact as Len Wein,” said WGA West president David A. Goodman. “The current
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‘Minky Woodcock: The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini #1′ Review

Written by Cynthia Von Buhler | Art by Cynthia Von Buhler | Published by Titan Comics

Sometimes we pick up books and comics because they feature favourite characters of ours, or they feature writers and/or artists that we like a lot. That’s my normal practice, though of course as a reviewer I probably see a wider range that most. Occasionally though a title alone will intrigue enough to pick up a book and check it out, and that’s what happened with this book. We’ve all heard of Houdini right, so that’s a draw right there, it’s published by Hard Case Crime/Titan which is another plus, and there’s a very nice cover with a thumbs up from Neil Gaiman no less. A little look up about writer/ artist Cynthia von Buhler was also pretty intriguing. Check her out, you won’t be disappointed.

First thing
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Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys coming to BBC Radio 4

Louisa Mellor Nov 23, 2017

Lenny Henry stars in the voice cast for this year's 6-part Christmas BBC Radio 4 Neil Gaiman drama, Anansi Boys

Like satsumas and hangovers, the annual BBC Radio 4 Neil Gaiman drama has established itself as an essential festive tradition. Following its 2013 Neverwhere dramatisation, Radio 4 brought us Good Omens, Stardust, and How The Marquis Got His Coat Back, as well as featuring The Truth Is A Cave In The Black Mountains as a book of the week, all at Christmastime.

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This year’s Xmas radio drama will be Anansi Boys, adapted from Neil Gaiman’s 2005 novel. It’s the story of two estranged brothers, gods, magic, African folk tales, and spiders. The first of the six episodes is due to air on December the 25th.
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Jon Hamm to star in supernatural thriller Off Season

Deadline has revealed that Jon Hamm (Mad Men) is set to star in Off Season, a supernatural thriller from first time feature writer and director Jonathan van Tulleken, which is based upon his BAFTA-nominated short of the same name.

The film is being produced by Nira Park (Baby Driver, Shaun of the Dead) and J. Miles Dale (The Shape of Water, Mama) and takes place in the Canadian tundra, revolving around a man who sets off in search of his elderly father who has mysteriously disappeared only to discover shocking family secrets long buried.

“I’ve been thinking obsessively about taking this material to the big screen for several years. It’s a story and world that I feel like I have lived and breathed,” said van Tulleken. “I never imagined I’d have the opportunity to do this with such a highly esteemed team around me. Nira Park and
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