Comic-Con 2016: “American Gods” Promises To Be One Of The Best Upcoming Series

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American Gods

One of the most anticipated upcoming shows is Bryan Fuller’s . Based on the epic, award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman, the story follows the character Shadow Moon as he gets swept up in a brewing war between old gods and new, and we got our first look at the series at San Diego Comic-Con yesterday.

It was a compilation of scenes, starting with Shadow (Ricky Whittle) being released from prison, finding out his wife (Emily Browning) has died, and meeting Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). A gorgeous, sweeping montage of scenes follow, all in the bold aesthetic style we’ve come to expect from Fuller. If you’re a fan of the man behind series like Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies, and Hannibal, this is definitely something you’re going to want to check out. If you’re not, then please rectify this immediately.

Moderated by Yvette Nicole Brown (truly one of the best moderators of the con), the panel consisted of Ricky Whittle (Shadow), Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Yetide Badaki (Bilquis), Bruce Langley (Technical Boy), Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), co-creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, and author Neil Gaiman. The cast discussed the rewards of getting to perform the work of Gaiman, and how rich the story and characters are. We also got a special treat at the panel – Broadway actress Kristin Chenoweth, who previously worked with Fuller on Pushing Daisies, walked out on stage and it was revealed she’ll be playing the Goddess of Easter!

And speaking of Gaiman’s novel, both he and Fuller talked about how viewers don’t need to read the book to watch the show, but that you really should because it’s so great (it honestly is). There will be an added layer of enjoyment for readers of the book, but they’re working to make the show as accessible as possible, including adding in elements to surprise and enjoy outside of the novel.

Gaiman discussed what it was like working on the series and the only thing he refused to allow Starz to change: the racial make-up of his characters. Luckily for us, Starz was completely on board and supportive.

In fact, that’s what makes this series one of the ones to be really excited about. Its source material is rich in storytelling, in characters, in diversity, in themes. Before the fan Q&A began, Fuller encouraged everyone in the room to leave with a little bit more love in their hearts. With everything happening in the world, he explained, this series is meant to have hope and put something good out there.

And that’s why Bryan Fuller is one of the best creators currently working, and why American Gods is primed to be some quality television. It’s set to air on Starz next year.

 | Associate Editor

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