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A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself "Wednesday" and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow's life and past.
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Series cast summary:
Ricky Whittle ...  Shadow Moon 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Emily Browning ...  Laura Moon / ... 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Crispin Glover ...  Mr. World 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Yetide Badaki ...  Bilquis 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Bruce Langley ...  Technical Boy 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Pablo Schreiber ...  Mad Sweeney 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Ian McShane ...  Mr. Wednesday 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Demore Barnes ...  Mr. Ibis 12 episodes, 2017-2019
Omid Abtahi ...  Salim 11 episodes, 2017-2019
Orlando Jones ...  Mr. Nancy 10 episodes, 2017-2019
Mousa Kraish ...  The Jinn 10 episodes, 2017-2019
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Storyline

Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident. Flying home for the funeral, as a violent storm rocks the plane, he is greeted by a strange man in the seat next to him. The man calls himself Mr. Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow than is possible. He warns Shadow that a far bigger storm is coming. And from that moment on, nothing will ever be the same. Written by HarperTorch

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Believe. (Season 1) See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Gods See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Dolby Digital

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

The character of Vulcan (played by Corbin Bernsen) was not in the source novel; he is a new addition to the TV adaptation. The character is based on the ancient Roman god of fire, the forge, and metalworking, but the inspiration for the new character did not come directly from ancient mythology. Instead, the idea came from a story that Neil Gaiman told showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green about traveling through Birmingham, Alabama, and seeing the 56-foot-tall cast-iron statue of Vulcan that overlooks the city on Red Mountain. In an Entertainment Weekly interview, Green said that Gaiman was told that during Birmingham's heyday as a steel town, one steel mill had had a policy that it was cheaper for them to pay restitutional damages to the families of workers killed on the job rather than to pay to ensure their safety. The "torch" in Vulcan's hand would light up one of three colors to communicate the safety of the Mills - a green torch indicated that no employees had been injured during the previous 24 hours, a white torch indicated minor injuries and a red torch signaled there had been a fatality in the previous 24 hours. Green said that Gaiman characterized that policy as "as modern a definition of sacrifice as there might be". See more »

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Mr. Wednesday's Missouri license plate starts with the number 3. In Missouri, only trucks have license plates that start with a number. His 1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham would start with a letter, or better yet would be eligible for Missouri historic vehicle plates. See more »


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Dear God
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A promising start to the wonderful world of American Gods
2 May 2017 | by hamzah-hamdaniSee all my reviews

I read the book about a year ago and needless to say i liked it. Hearing of this TV show really excited me but at the same time i had that apprehension of it falling short of expectations or deviating from the book. I must say the first episode dispelled all such apprehensions. The TV show remains fairly faithful to the book (as per my memory at least) and Ian McShane as Mr. Wednesday is near perfect. The visual effects are good and the episode was engrossing. I am really stoked about this one. Thinking of all the scenes that are coming.

The only thing that i can complain about is that at times the choice for the musical score seemed off with the actual events of the scene. This is a minor issue though and very subjective. All in all, this is a must watch for both, people who have or haven't read the book. :)


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