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Let's get this rolling.

 

January can't get here soon enough.

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I have no idea what any of that trailer means but Bryan Fuller and Neil Gaiman are a combination too powerful to ignore. 

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I can't wait.
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I have no idea what any of that trailer means but Bryan Fuller and Neil Gaiman are a combination too powerful to ignore. 

Pretty much. Plus, I always assumed that Ian McShane spends his days approvingly watching dudes beat the shit out of each other in crocodile bars, so without knowing a thing about his character I know his casting is on point.
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Kristin Chenoweth as Easter!

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/tv/2016/07/23/kristin-chenoweth-american-gods-comic-con-panel/87458422/

 

Not familiar with the lead--tho he looks solid--but overall every casting choice has been perfect. And stretched out over seasons, looks like they'll include far more detail from the book than I anticipated.

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I have no idea what any of that trailer means but Bryan Fuller and Neil Gaiman are a combination too powerful to ignore. 

I just read the book and I would recommend it; not as much as I would recommend Good Omens, but I would recommend it never the less.

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
McShane plays Odin who is recruiting the old gods of myth to fight a war against the gods of today. The newer gods are gods of media and technology.
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This is old news but it hasn't been mention here, Gillian Anderson will play Media

http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/gillian-anderson-american-gods-media-starz-bryan-fuller-1201788348/

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I just read the book and I would recommend it; not as much as I would recommend Good Omens, but I would recommend it never the less.

 

I'm always a bit reluctant to visit the source material when I know I'm going to watch the television show or movie of it. I know this sounds a bit odd but it comes from watching Watchmen with friends. I was the only one who'd read the original graphic novel, spent all movie comparing it (unfavorably) with that source material, and walked out unhappy. My friends LOVED it. I've found something similar with my Game Of Thrones-reading friends who seem to spend their time complaining about the show, whilst I'm thoroughly enjoying it.

 

I'll likely read it afterward if I enjoy the show enough.

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So do we know for sure this is intended to last multiple seasons?  They've never referred to it as a limited series, but it seems a one-and-done is the best way to a adapt a novel of normal size.  Did Ian McShane really commit to this indefinitely?  There's also Bryan Fuller's commitment to Star Trek and the Hannibal revival dream to consider.

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Green and Fuller have talked repeatedly about expanding on the novel.  I seem to recall one of the producers mentioning that a plot point would come at the end of the second or third season (won't spoil what he was referring to in case anyone here hasn't read the book), so they're planning for at least the amount of episodes that Hannibal reached, I would imagine.

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It's almost like this show looked at me and said: "Hey, which actors do you always enjoy seeing in movies and television shows?" And whilst I'm listing people like Peter Stormare, Crispin Glover and Jeremy Davies, the show's writing them down and nodding with a smile. 

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This remains one of my most anticipated things of the year, and we still have no date. Sad!
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The only television event I'm anticipating more this year is Donald Trump's resignation speech.
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This remains one of my most anticipated things of the year, and we still have no date. Sad!

 

Arjen, that could have been a Trump tweet!

 

I think it's April.  Between this, Fargo, Better Call Saul, and perhaps Veep, it's gonna be one exciting month for the idiot box.

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Oooh, I can't wait. 

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Between this, Fargo and Doctor Who, April is looking like a busy tv month for me!

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Thank the Old Gods. Fuck this looks amazing. 


Edited by Codename - 3/15/17 at 11:14am
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You really need to specify Old or New, not just in this thread, but especially in this thread.

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The ones that have Ian McShane with a glass eye of course!

 

But duly noted.

 

Barely recognised Crispin Glover there. He looks good! 

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Hell of a trailer.  Loving the feel of this...I suspect that I'll like this show much, much more than the book.

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I have a feeling that this show will have the same effect on me as Legion, in which my general reaction at the end of each episode will be: "I have no idea what any of that meant but I do know that I want another hour of it straight away."

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Looks glorious to me.

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They clearly stole the idea from my fantasy casting of The Master and Margarita I posted here a few years ago.

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Looks glorious to me.

 

Same here. Recently listened to the Special Edition audiobook and it was amazing. I don't get Starz, but I may make an exception for this.

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Same here. Recently listened to the Special Edition audiobook and it was amazing. I don't get Starz, but I may make an exception for this.

 

If you get Starz, give BLACK SAILS a try.

 

And SPARTACUS.  Glorious, glorious SPARTACUS.

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Does Starz dump the whole season at once like Netflix, or do they do a week by week roll-out?

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Does Starz dump the whole season at once like Netflix, or do they do a week by week roll-out?

 

week-by-week

 

But everything is on-demand, so if money is an issue, you can do what I do: sign up during the month the finale will air in, catch up on-demand, then watch the finale along with everyone else.

 

Also, if you have Amazon Prime,. Starz is only $9/mo, which is waaaaaay cheaper than most cable companies.

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If you get Starz, give BLACK SAILS a try.

 

And SPARTACUS.  Glorious, glorious SPARTACUS.

 

You forgot Ash vs Evil Dead, or was it implied?

 

They also have The Missing, which is quite good, and Da Vinci's Demons, which is entertaining silliness (with a gorgeous actress that looks like young Angelina Jolie).

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Can't get into ASH VS EVIL DEAD.  Tried.  Just not feeling it, and I think it's mainly due to Bruce.

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week-by-week

 

But everything is on-demand, so if money is an issue, you can do what I do: sign up during the month the finale will air in, catch up on-demand, then watch the finale along with everyone else.

 

Also, if you have Amazon Prime,. Starz is only $9/mo, which is waaaaaay cheaper than most cable companies.

Thanks for the info.

 

I got spoiled because I usually end up watching these after the season has come and gone, and just binge them.

 

I did watch Ash week by week, I just have to stay on top of it.

 

Black Sails is another I have to get into also.

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Wow, that looks way more gory than I was expecting. I like it.

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Bring it on.
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Kristin Chenoweth as Easter is the most perfect casting maybe ever.

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Also, apparently Corben Bernsen plays Vulcan, who's the god of guns? 
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Gillian Anderson plays the God of Media.

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Crucified Astronaut sounds like a Radiohead b-side.

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The visuals are killer, but the music sounds a bit too much like a copyright free version of Karen O's Immigrant Song cover for Fincher's Dragon Tattoo. 

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AV Club awards the first four episodes an A-.

 

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 McShane is perfectly cast as a new-world version of the chief Norse god; his Wednesday is a shabby-genteel con man who’s tired of hustling in obscurity, and is now amassing an army. Or at least trying to—despite his many gifts, war is a tough sell for anyone, even a Czech god (Peter Stormare) who misses doling out his hammer’s brutal “kiss.” But he gets off to a good start by quickly securing a man-at-arms in Shadow.
 
Even as most of the dialogue rolls off Wednesday’s golden (forked) tongue, Shadow remains our protagonist, though there’s a new twist on this ex-con. He’s less laconic than in the book, which being on screen practically requires. Otherwise, we might need frequent narration to know what’s going on in Shadow’s head, or just watch Whittle invent new ways to frown. It’s not that Shadow is suddenly garrulous; he’s just more willing to give his new boss a piece of his mind. Whittle turns out to be inspired casting himself, bringing the necessary physicality to the role of a bouncer turned possible soldier, as well as pathos and humor. Even before someone remarks that Shadow “lost something vital in [prison], and not just time,” you sense his grief, as well as his desire to do something about it. True to his name, Shadow Moon often walks alongside others or in their orbit, but thanks to Whittle and the writers, he’s not just a satellite.
 
Fuller and Green, who also wrote the four episodes available for review, take us on a mostly smooth ride in the first half of American Gods. Even where there’s table setting, it’s done with panache, as in the checkers match from the book that also plays out as a fanciful riff on The Seventh Seal (it doesn’t hurt that Stormare is Swedish). They’ve blended their sensibilities, weaving a rich tapestry of whimsy, epic action, and deft characterization. Practically speaking, it will definitely tide you over until that other fantasy drama returns. But thematically, it could knock someone off their throne.
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Reviews have been pretty uniformly praiseworthy down the board from what I've seen. I especially like Entertainment Weekly's take:

 

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 There’s a lot of important television right now, as there always has been: HBO’s Big Little Lies just triumphed in representing authentic female companionship; Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why is lifting a veil on teen mental health; Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, premiering next week and adapted from Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name, arrives in Trump’s America as a cautionary harbinger of a totalitarian future. But strip away the supernatural cadence of American Gods — a show based on a fantasy novel about holy hidden figures who live among us, some of them cosmically powerful and others barely living on a prayer — and what’s left is something viewers are unlikely to find anywhere else on narrative television: an ensemble of immigrants trying to make it in a country actively turning against them.

 

Next week Sunday cannot get here fast enough. 

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The immigrant angle is definitely getting a lot of attention, which is not surprising, considering the world, but also deeply encouraging. It seems like an excellent hook for a show based on this story, and suggests Fuller may have found an in with this material as multi-layered and intelligent as the stuff we've been discussing in the Hannibal thread.
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Man, I'm just happy that Ian McShane is back in something good. Admittedly, he's had a better run of late (maybe he's swapped agents?) but his name was almost synonymous with bad things at one point. Watching him appear in dross like Jack The Giant Killer or 2014's Hercules has been heartbreaking.

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It's good. Very good. Not perfect, as it's effected with a bit of Pilot episode shakiness and finding its feet, but there is fertile room for development, and Ian McShane is most certainly doing his Al Swearengen thing again. He's going to be a joy to watch.
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It's certainly got me interested in coming back for the next episode.  It's also a gorgeously surreal show, but that's to be expected from Fuller, I think.

 

I haven't read the book, and haven't even the most passing familiarity with it beyond the very basic synopsis (Old Gods vs. New Gods).   My trivia knowledge clued me in to Mr. Wednesdays' identity pretty quickly.

 

And the show came (no pun intended) right out of the gate by telling Game of Thrones "Hold my beer" when asked to provide the most disturbing sex scene on television.

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Just finished watching Kings for the first time this week, and it made me remember how much I love McShane in florid monologuing/raging against divine forces mode. Such an immensely watchable actor, especially when he gets material like this.

 

Anyways, this was quite a spectacle - I see Fuller's jumping headfirst down the rabbit hole that he started on Hannibal. McShane's clearly going to own, but Schreiber's Mad Sweeney was a lot of fun. Not as sold on Whittle's Shadow yet, but the part does require him to be stoic and grieving. Really dug the "How Odin Came To America" prologue.

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Out-fucking-standing adaptation. 

 

They couldn't have gotten this more right IMO. McShane is everything I hoped Wednesday would be. And the Bequis scene was every bit as fucking weird as it should have been. Adding the 'Somewhere in America' vignettes was not something I was really expecting but I'm very glad they're here. 

 

And Fuller is at his most surreal and weird. This is definitely an extension of what he did on Hannibal and if that's not enough to get your eyes on this then I don't know what will. 

 

I am in for the duration. 

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Hee, the flying arm holding the sword actually broke through the frame at the beginning. 

 

 

That and the Viking getting ridiculously peppered with arrows (and the last late arrow hitting his foot) were such wonderful touches. Fuller is unleashed here and I love it.

 

"How do you do it?"

"With panache."

Damn right Bryan. Damn right. 

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