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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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The cast of "American Gods" chat with Kevin Smith on IMDb LIVE at NY Comic Con about the show's success and how the series will continue to veer creatively from Neil Gaiman's source material. Plus, learn more about the early career of Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday).

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

On the eve of war, Mr. Wednesday attempts to recruit the Old God Ostara, but needs Mr. Nancy's help in making a good impression and winning her over.


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Sunday, June 11, 2017

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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Ricky Whittle ...  Shadow Moon 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Emily Browning ...  Laura Moon / ... 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Pablo Schreiber ...  Mad Sweeney 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Crispin Glover ...  Mr. World 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Bruce Langley ...  Technical Boy 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Yetide Badaki ...  Bilquis 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Ian McShane ...  Mr. Wednesday 9 episodes, 2017-2019
Kahyun Kim ...  New Media 6 episodes, 2019
Gillian Anderson ...  Media 4 episodes, 2017
Demore Barnes ...  Mr. Ibis 4 episodes, 2017
Omid Abtahi ...  Salim 4 episodes, 2017-2019
Chris Obi ...  Anubis 3 episodes, 2017
Sonja Smits ...  Laura's Mother 3 episodes, 2017
Orlando Jones ...  Mr. Nancy 3 episodes, 2017-2019
Peter Stormare ...  Czernobog 3 episodes, 2017-2019
Mousa Kraish ...  The Jinn 3 episodes, 2017-2019
Cloris Leachman ...  Zorya Vechernyaya 2 episodes, 2017
Betty Gilpin ...  Audrey 2 episodes, 2017
Beth Grant ...  Jack 2 episodes, 2017
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Američki bogovi 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

There are many nuances in this storyline for the first season. The neon lights in the posterior title of the series, all the cats, and a number 55 on his motel door. All of these are underlined with death. See more »

Goofs

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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Disappointed
23 June 2017 | by safeharbour01See all my reviews

I loved this book. It's a rambling allegory of the cultures, hunger for power and the melting pot of everything that America is. There's pathos and humour, and a deep sense of the greater mysteries of life. Unfortunately, much of this was lost in the first episode. there's far too much, unnecessary gore a la Hannibal. That was fine for Hannibal, but distracts horribly from the underlying humanity of the book's story. The humour of the Techno Kid is completely lost in a departure from the book which ends instead - you guessed it - as a bloodfest lifted from Hannibal. What a turnoff. I would have said that in presenting this book, given the current craziness infesting American politics, it was actually pretty important to get it right, the effectiveness of TV in getting a message across should not be underestimated. So I feel this was a real let down. Another mess up was dragging out a totally gratuitous scene not in the book - Robbie's wife harassing Shadow over his dead wife's grave. It detracted from what could have been a poignant scene and I don't get why it was done this way. Yes, the American gods (who are actually from diverse cultures all over the world) and Odin himself are brutal, sexual creatures, much as the stories of them relate. But a little more subtlety, insight and recognising the strengths of the narrative, rather than the ego-driven need to 'improve' (which invariably fails to do so) was needed to make this complex book palatable on screen. Unfortunately it failed. Oh well. Fuller probably wasn't the producer for this.


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