That’s a wrap on American Gods. Starz has decided to pull the plug on the show after three seasons, as reported by Deadline. The show was based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name. The cast was led by Ricky Whittle and Ian McShane. This news comes in the aftermath of the season 3 finale, which aired on March 21.
There is a bit of good news/bad news in it for fans of the show. The bad news is that Starz is for sure not going to make a fourth season. The good news is that there are reportedly discussions for a TV movie that would wrap things up. Unfortunately, the series has seen sharp ratings decline season-to-season. That makes the economics difficult.
Everyone at Starz is grateful to the dedicated cast and crew, and our partners at Fremantle who brought author and executive producer Neil Gaiman’s ever-relevant story to life that speaks to the cultural climate of our country, a Starz spokesperson said in a statement.
Here is the synopsis for American Gods.
‘American Gods’ is the epic story of an inevitable war building between the Old Gods of mythology and our New Gods of technology. Whittle stars as ex-con Shadow Moon, a man pulled into the service of the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, played by Ian McShane (Deadwood, John Wick) — only to discover that not only is his charismatic but un-trustable boss actually the Norse All-Father god Odin, he’s also…Shadow’s father. In Season 3 Shadow angrily pushes this apparent destiny away, and settles in the idyllic snowy town of Lakeside, Wisconsin — to make his own path, guided by the gods of his black ancestors, the Orishas. But he’ll soon discover that this town’s still waters run deep, and dark, and bloody, and that you don’t get to simply reject being a god. The only choice — and a choice you have to make — is what kind of god you’re going to be.
American Gods also stars Emily Browning (Sucker Punch) as Laura Moon, Yetide Badaki (Aquarius) as Bilquis, Bruce Langley (Deadly Waters) as Technical Boy, Omid Abtahi (Damien) as ‘Salim,’ Ashley Reyes (Night Has Settled) as ‘Cordelia,’ Crispin Glover (Back to the Future) as Mr. World, Demore Barnes (Waco) as Mr. Ibis, Devery Jacobs (The Order) as Sam Black Crow, Blythe Danner (Will & Grace) as Demeter and Marilyn Manson (Salem) as Johan Wengren. Julia Sweeney (Shrill) as Hinzelmann, Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones) as Liam Doyle, Danny Trejo (Machete) as Mr. World, Peter Stormare (Fargo) as Czernobog, Denis O’Hare (True Blood) as Tyr, Lela Loren (Altered Carbon) as Marguerite, Dominique Jackson (Pose) as Ms. World, Wale (American Honey) as Chango, Herizen Guardiola (The Get Down) as Oshun, and Eric Johnson (Vikings) as Chad Mulligan round out the ensemble.
American Gods is streaming now on Starz.