As a novel, Neil Gaiman’s fantasy epic won multiple awards. Will the American Gods TV show adaptation be a hit with Starz subscribers? While subscription cable networks don’t rely on ad revenue, they do have to run programming that helps them retain and attract subscribers. Is this series an answer to prayer? Will American Gods be cancelled or renewed for season two? Stay tuned.
An Americana fantasy drama series on the Starz premium cable channel, American Gods stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Gillian Anderson, Kristin Chenoweth, Jonathan Tucker, Cloris Leachman, Peter Stormare, Chris Obi, Demore Barnes, Corbin Bernsen, and Mousa Kraish.
Finally free after completing his prison sentence, when Shadow Moon (Whittle) first encounters Mr. Wednesday, a storm blows in — one that will completely change his life. Unmoored by the death of his wife, Laura (Browning), Shadow signs on as Mr. Wednesday’s (McShane) bodyguard. Doing so escorts him into a secret world where gods and magic are real. And there, the Old Gods are alarmed by the increasing potency of the New Gods.
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What do you think? Do you like the American Gods TV show? Should this Starz TV series be cancelled or renewed for a second season?
5/11 update: American Gods has been renewed for season two on Starz. Details here.
The ratings are definitely good enough for renewal, but the season was way too short. Why not 10 episodes? Some of the episodes were really good. Some were lacking, I’m glad they renewed it.
The show is petty and asinine. An interesting idea with the metaphorical approach turned into a wasted opportunity. Its cultural commentary is shallow, ignorant, and at times bigoted. That’s why people are tuning out. Cancel this garbage.
I’m glad “Cancel this garbage,” made by someone on TVSF won’t sway anyone. Phew! Right? Gaiman will have more control S2. But let’s be clear… Critics raved and no one rly tuned out. We all question Nielsen’s methods, but DVR numbers are harder to argue… Along with whatever number the STARZ app is doing, it looks like 30 Million Dollars ‘over budget’ is still not enough to cancel a HeatSeeker.
Like any show that is based on a book ,there are certain nuances that do not translate to the screen. However disappointing that may be it is understandable . I for one think it is smart ,artistic and unique . That is a holy trinity I can get behind .
It’s ok could be better. Its long and drawn out. Needs a faster pace and more. Just more
I agree, it needs a faster pace. spending an entire episode on her coming out of the grave and ending up on his bed. Well if they can’t make it move along faster maybe it should be a half hour show.
The book was great and I understand books don’t always translate to the screen. This could be so much better, if there was so much emphasis on creating a style for the show and more effort on telling the great story.
as expected the show is losing viewers
Except it isn’t. And Nielsen can’t keep accurate tabs on actual Live Viewers let alone what the series is doing on STARZ paid OTT app, that I (for one) watch as a paid subscriber… Or Vudu, or Amazon Prime, or a multitude of streaming options STARZ can use to make money. It’s one thing to glance at ratings of a *premium cable* series that doesn’t even run ads, it’s another thing to act like it’s accurate or it even remotely matters.
Wow you are really invested in this. But you’re wrong. Even if the Nielsen ratings are inaccurate because they miss a lot of viewers, they are still useful as a proxy for the overall ratings. So when a show goes from nearly a million viewers to just over 600K on Nielsen, you can be absolutely sure that the overall number of viewers has gone down a lot too.
Not realy some viewers watched on Sunday some Saturday some on Monday or even Wednesday not everyone watches on the same day and anyway you have subscribed to Nielsen to report what you are watching. But I love the show and I like the actors in it especially Ian Mcshane
Invested? Not that much… Subscribed? No. But I, along with many other critics and viewers, loved the series as a whole. Nielsen is used, yes, but by now it’s purely out of tradition and namesake. Starz App and DVR Ratings aren’t too shabby. The overall numbers would surely surprise you.
This is a great show, and one of the few reasons to keep Starz to my subscription.