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Amazon renews its original series ‘American Gods’ for second season

MUMBAI: Amazon’s original series ‘American Gods’, which premiered on 1 May, has been renewed for a second season.

Currently, ‘American Gods’ is among the top 10 shows in India on Amazon’s international Prime Video service.

In Season 1, viewers encountered a war brewing between old gods and new. The traditional old gods, with mythological roots from around the world, fear irrelevance as their believers die off or are seduced by the money, technology and celebrity offered by the new gods.

Prime Video international VP, Tim Leslie said, “We’re delighted to bring a second season of Neil Gaiman’s riveting story to fans across the globe. Audiences have responded overwhelmingly to the first season—it is stunning entertainment unlike anything else and we can’t wait for the next series.”

Adapted from the novel written by Neil Gaiman, ‘American Gods’ stars Ricky Whittle as protagonist ex-con Shadow Moon, Ian McShane as Mr Wednesday, who enlists Shadow Moon as part of his cross-country mission, and Emily Browning as Shadow’s wife, Laura Moon. ‘American Gods 1’ also features Gillian Anderson as Media, the mouthpiece for the new gods, Kristin Chenoweth as Easter, Pablo Schreiber as Mad Sweeney, and Yetide Badaki as Bilquis.

‘American Gods’ is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Bryan Fuller of ‘Hannibal’, ‘Pushing Daisies’ and ‘Heroes’ fame and Michael Green of ‘Blade Runner 2049’, ‘Alien: Covenant’, ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, ‘Kings and Heroes’, are writers and showrunners. David Slade, famous for ‘Hannibal’ and ‘The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’, has directed the pilot and additional episodes.

The series has garnered an overall rating of 8.6 on IMDb and top critics’ score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes. Episodes one and two of the first season are available on Prime Video now, with new episodes, which are released weekly, every Monday.

Written by Neil Gaiman in 2001, ‘American Gods’ has been translated into over 30 languages and earned numerous accolades including Hugo, Nebula and Bram Stoker Awards for Best Novel.