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HBO greenlights 'American Gods,' will reportedly run 6 seasons

AGHas HBO found its next smash hit?

It seems quite likely. The network has announced that its adaptation of Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' is moving forward finally, after a few years of being stuck in developmental purgatory. 

'American Gods' will follow Shadow, who is preparing for release from prison when he learns that his beloved wife has been killed in a car crash. The hits keep coming for Shadow, who finds himself working for a salesman named Mr. Wednesday. Shadow finds himself on the front line of a bigger battle in America, between old and new gods.

No casting news has been revealed yet, but HBO is banking heavily on the Tom Hanks produced series. The network is spending around $40 million per season, of which it intends to do six. Each season will be comprised of 10 to 12 episodes.

GaimanGaiman recently appeared on Empire's podcast and gave some information about the script for the pilot of the show.

“That seems to be chugging along very, very well. I did the third draft script recently and I think the biggest problem [with the first draft] was completely my fault," Gaiman said. “I wrote this first draft script that I loved. One of the reasons I loved it was because I go to do all this new stuff that wasn’t in the book. I got to open it up. Look, the book begins with Shadow in prison, about to get out of prison, so I opened the [pilot episode so] you got to see the bank robbery that went wrong, you got to see all the things that wound up with him in prison you got to see his entire three-year stretch in prison… you’re half an hour into this thing before he’s getting out of prison – stuff like that – and it was definitely the sort of awkward, embarrassed notes from HBO where they’re going ‘Um, can you make it more like the book?’”

Are you excited for this series? Can it become the success that 'Game of Thrones' has for the network?

- Neil Gaiman
- American Gods

Written by: Hamatosan
Jun 29th, 2013, 8:39 am

Images courtesy of HBO


Message Posted On Jul 5th, 2013, 10:15 am
Holly fucking christmas morning! This is fantastic news:) This is the best book ever written. I truly hope the series does it justice. If Game of thrones is a measure of what Hbo can do, then this show will be stellar. I wish they would cast George Guidall as Odin even though he is a narrator.

Message Posted On Jul 2nd, 2013, 2:52 pm
Sounds good to me.Lots of possibilities whith that type of plot line. I doubt It'll be as popular as GOT since I would expect this would appeal to a smaller set of demographics and will probably be shunned by devout religious organizations.

Message Posted On Jun 30th, 2013, 9:30 pm
I'm hoping they play it out much in the same vein as they did with Carnivale, where its mostly based in a realistic, everyday world, but where the fantastical and surreal happen here and there to a small group of individuals who know just what to look for. Here's hoping this also leads to a possible Sandman series, or even an Anansi Boys miniseries!

Message Posted On Jun 29th, 2013, 9:18 pm
I'm excited! Neverwhere was a great book and tv series, and I am so looking forward to American Gods being made into a tv show! Love Neil Gaiman. Maybe Colin Hanks could be in the series somewhere :) HBO does tv right.
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