On this episode of Nerd & Tie, we tackle YouTube’s booting of smaller channels from their partner program (including ours), the potential of a Black Widow solo film, Bright getting a sequel (minus Max Landis), and Gillian Anderson leaving American Gods.
One of the more inspired bits of casting in Starz’s television adaptation of American Gods was Gillian Anderson as ‘Media.’ Sadly though, it looks like she won’t be back when the show returns for it’s second season.
It was first reported an article on The X-Files in the LA Times earlier this week. After mentioning how Anderson may not return as Scully after this season, they reported:
[She] will not be appearing again as the new god Media in the second season of “American Gods” on Starz. Anderson says the departure of showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green means she will not return to the show.
Fuller and Green left the show back in November, and have still not been replaced by the network as showrunners and producers. Honestly, this is not a good sign for the show, and there are fears that more of the cast may end up departing.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie Nick and Gen go it alone, as Skype decided it hated Trae just before the episode began. The two of them discuss Netflix’s renewal of Mystery Science Theater 3000, The CW’s firing of Andrew Kreisberg, Bryan Fuller and Michael Green’s departure from American Gods, Anime Boston’s lawsuit against Boston AnimeFest (with Trae chiming in in post-production), and how Waxacon wrote some bad checks.
The first season of Starz’s American Gods, based off the of the Neil Gaiman book of the same name, was honestly just plain amazing. It accurately captured the novel’s feel and tone, while expanding on the material in interesting ways. The show is just plain good. Unfortunately though, we don’t know if that will continue in the show’s second season, as it’s now been announced that showrunners Michael Green and Bryan Fuller are leaving the series.
There haven’t been any officials reason for their departure, but the prevailing theory was that it was a dispute over budget. The first season of the show was far more expensive than Starz anticipated, and the network may have been wanting to cut back.
The network is reportedly looking for a new showrunner to take over American Gods right now. The small upside is that over half of the upcoming second season has already been written, so at least something close to Fuller and Green’s vision may reach screens. It’s discouraging though, as one of the reasons fans were drawn to the program was Fuller’s unique style.
American Gods season 2 is still expected to reach screens mid-2018, though if a new showrunner isn’t found soon that may be delayed.
While we’re super excited for Starz’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods, we admittedly haven’t been keeping up on the casting too much. I mean once we knew who was playing Shadow and Mr. Wednesday, we were pretty much onboard and just started waiting for the thing to finally air.
For those unfamiliar with the book, Media is one of the “new gods” who have formed in the modern world… and rather than spoil the story at all, I’ll just say that Anderson is perfectly cast in the role. Honestly, I’m just excited to see more of her on American television.
American Gods is expected to premiere later this year.
Starz’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods keeps marching forward. The last major news we heard was that actor Ricky Whittle (best known from The 100) has been cast as Shadow. As a big fan of the original novel, I think his casting is kind of perfect — but there’s one other character who the show absolutely needs to get right.
That would be, of course, the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday.
Well, the good news is that it looks like they have. Yesterday it was announced that actor Ian McShane would take on the role. He doesn’t look exactly the way I pictured the character in my head, but he comes close enough. Based on other performances I’ve seenb of McShane, I also think he brings an ineffable quality I always attribute to the imported all-father.
So, y’know, that’s good.
American Gods is expected to premiere later this year.
Ever since Starz put in a series order for an Adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, the biggest question out there has been who will play the lead, Moon Shadow. Well, it looks like we finally have the answer, as Starz has announced the role will be filled by actor Ricky Whittle.
Whittle may be best known to our readers as Lincoln on The CW’s The 100, and honestly this is about as close to perfect as it gets when it comes to casting. The British actor comes remarkably close to the image I already had of the character in my head.
Bryan Fuller and Michael Green are, as we’ve mentioned before, showrunning American Gods together, and it’s expected to air on Starz in 2017.
On this fortnight’s episode we mourn the loss of Christopher Lee, discuss Jurassic World‘s amazing box office record, gawk at the release of Mother in the US for the first time, rejoice for the announcement of Shenmue 3, let out a sigh of relief for the American Gods TV show moving forward, let Nick talk about the Cyborg 009/Devilman crossover, and stare puzzled into the abyss at the incompetence of Saskatoon Blitz.
Also, Trae’s going to Oz Con next weekend in West Plains, MO. You should come.
The journey of Neil Gaiman’s wonderful novel American Gods to TV screens has been a long one. HBO was originally developing the project as far back as 2011, but ended up passing on the project. Starz then put the show back into development almost a year ago.
Well, Starz has finally decided to move forward with the project, and has placed ordered the show to series officially. Bryan Fuller is still writing, Michael Green (now “of Gotham fame”) is still showrunning, and Neil Gaiman is still executive producing. No cast announcements yet, but as soon as we know who is playing Shadow I’m sure I’ll be dissecting whether or not said unnamed actor is right for the part.
Because I love this book very, very much. Here’s hoping they actually shoot in Wisconsin. Or Minnesota I guess. That looks a lot like Northern Wisconsin.
Eh, who am I kidding – it’ll end up being Vancouver, won’t it.
At first HBO was all like “We’ll totally make an American Gods TV Show,” but then they dropped it faster than a highschool sweetheart the August before going off to college. The project seemed mostly dead, right up until now. What changed? Starz has picked up the ball and is now running with it.
Was that too many metaphors? I think it might have been.
Anyway, Bryan Fuller (yes THAT Bryan Fuller) and Michael Green are going to the showrunners, with author Neil Gaiman Executive Producing.
“Neil Gaiman has created the holiest of holy toy boxes with American Gods and filled it with all manner of magical thing, born of new gods and old,” adds Fuller. “Michael Green and I are thrilled to crack this toy box wide open and unleash the fantastical titans of heaven and earth and Neil’s vividly prolific imagination.”
As someone who lived a good chunk of his life in Northwestern Wisconsin and a huge fan of the novel, needless to say I’m excited.