The critical and fan reaction to Starz and Bryan Fuller's adaptation of Neil Gaiman's American Gods has secured an early Season 2 renewal for the series after only two episodes and a series premiere that garnered close to 1.6 million viewers in the seven days since the premiere.
American Gods tells the story of a war between the gods of old and a new pantheon of gods like Media and Technical Boy who have risen up in modern society. The rise in a belief of the new gods threatens to unseat the older gods who still need worshippers to survive. To that end, Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane, Deadwood) recruits Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle, The 100) as his bodyguard to travel with him in preparation for the fight to come.
The powerhouse cast also includes Peter Storemare, Gillian Anderson, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Kristin Chenoweth and numerous others, filling out a roster of gods of which any Gaiman fan could be proud.
“Bryan Fuller, Michael Green and Neil Gaiman have evolved the art form of television narratively, structurally and graphically with American Gods, and we’re thrilled to be working again with these artists as they continue to build the worlds and wars of the gods," Starz's programming president Carmi Zlotnik said.
It took American Gods some time to find a home at Starz, it was originally in development at HBO, but it certainly seems that Starz is ready to tie their fate to the future of the series and give it another season to tell their story.