During Bleeding Cool‘s routine hunts throughout the vast pop culture social media landscape for Grade A-quality news and info on upcoming new and returning shows, we quite often find ourselves stumbling upon a “The More You Know” moment or two. Case in point: learning that there are two distinct advantages to being the executive producer of a series that just so happens to be adapting the acclaimed novel that you wrote. For Neil Gaiman, that first perk means getting to see the second-season trailer for Starz‘s adaptation of your book American Gods – and the second perk lets you take to Twitter whenever you like to tell fans your “glorious” thoughts on what you saw:
Just saw a trailer for American Gods Season 2. It's glorious. Exciting, strange, sexy, funny and very very weird. No, I don't know when the trailer gets released to the world. But they showed it to me.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) September 7, 2018
Hmmm…anyone else think New York Comic Con would be an excellent time for that trailer to surface?
So while it warmed our hearts (we’re Gallifreyan) to see our friends at American Gods getting along on set a little while ago, we’d be remiss if we didn’t turn your attention to the part at the end of the post: “early 2019.” Hmmm…thinking January 2019-April 2019, because after that it really becomes “mid 2019” unless Ricky Whittle doesn’t play that “mid” game…???
— Ricky Whittle (@MrRickyWhittle) August 23, 2018
Speaking of perks… being Starz’s programming president means being able to see episodes of cool shows fresh out of the oven – and Zlotnik told IndieWire that the network really likes the episodes they’ve seen so far: “They look fantastic. It’s very safe to say we will follow the tradition of Season 1 and produce some mindblowing television.”
Zlotnik also shared that new showrunner Jesse Alexander (Star Trek: Discovery, Hannibal) has been working closely with American Gods author/executive producer Gaiman:
“Neil is very involved, he’s intrinsically involved. Jesse Alexander probably talks to him every day, and we talk to him frequently. He has other responsibilities and another show he’s doing, but Neil Gaiman is the heart and soul of ‘American Gods,’ so I can’t imagine there’s a version where he’s not involved.”
As for the look and feel of the new episodes, Zlotnick believes that fans of the first season will like what they see: “Jesse has worked with Bryan, and I feel like we’re still in the Bryan Fuller school because Jesse was trained by Bryan and probably holds a lot of his DNA.”
The battle between Old Gods and New Gods continues to brew as we join Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) just a few short hours after his declaration of war and the epic showdown that ensued at Easter’s party. While Mr. World plans revenge for Wednesday’s attack and Technical Boy searches for Media, Mr. Wednesday continues his quest to pitch the case for war to the Old Gods with Shadow (Ricky Whittle).
Laura and Mad Sweeney in tow, Shadow begins to understand this strange world of the gods and carve out a place in it as a believer, but it is far from a straight path. Change requires sacrifice, and when things don’t go as planned at the House on the Rock, both Old and New Gods, and those they meet along the way, find themselves on journeys across America — all destined for a climactic showdown in Cairo, Illinois.