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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
Ian McShane ...  Mr. Wednesday 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Pablo Schreiber ...  Mad Sweeney 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Bruce Langley ...  Technical Boy 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Yetide Badaki ...  Bilquis 16 episodes, 2017-2019
Demore Barnes ...  Mr. Ibis 12 episodes, 2017-2019
Omid Abtahi ...  Salim 11 episodes, 2017-2019
Mousa Kraish ...  The Jinn 10 episodes, 2017-2019
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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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English

Release Date:

30 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Actor Orlando Jones received a consulting producer on the second season because, according to The Hollywood Reporter, "after some actors, including star Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), began taking passes at improving dialogue, the production was forced to enlist Jones as a writer on the series so a member of the WGA would be credited with writing instead of having actors violating guild rules". 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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I'm so exhausted of everything having to constantly be politicized
8 July 2017 | by RaptileSee all my reviews

First off, the show is very well made visually. As for plots - when it follows Gaiman's work, it's great. When it veers off on its own it becomes horrid. The writers are really, really untalented. Their dialogue is nothing but quips and pseudo intellectualism and it stands out compared to book dialogue like a sore thumb. Their original story lines are trash.

That's not what I wanted to write about, though. I was compelled to write the review because I gave up on the show after the constant politicizing became too much for me. And it's all intentional inserts on the part of the writers, because none of those scenes (listed below) are in the book.

American Gods is one of my favorite books. One of the reasons why is because it's apolitical. Or at least it ignores hot topic issues. Here is a list of things that don't exist in the books but were inserted into the show:

1)Black man being lynched. Including constant remarks from characters about the lynching. 2)Ignorant racist Czernobog 3)Anansi wearing 20th century clothing going on a civil rights rant in front of slaves on a slave boat. 4)Illigal immigrants' plight being lionized 5)Made up story of evil rednecks massacring illegals at the border 6)Illegals are the truly virtuous ones who carry Jesus with them. Jesus is in this, yes. 7)Evil white Christian rednecks shooting Jesus. So ironic! 8)Evil white American town that doesn't care about human life. 9)The true American spirit is evil and literally Nazi. I'm not misusing the word literally here by the way. 10)Stupid sexist leprechaun gets put in place by strong woman.

If you can stomach this kind of blatant, hamfisted condescending garbage from the smug writers, I guess you can give the show a try. It's certainly well made and acted, but the writers are terrible and I'm certain the quality will keep going down as they diverge more and more from the book and ignore Gaiman's writing in favor of their own.

Thanks for reading, if you did.


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