With a little less than a month to go before the second-season premiere of STARZ's American Gods on March 10th, Deadline Hollywood is reporting exclusively that a season 3 renewal for the series adaptation of Neil Gaiman's best-selling, award-winning novel is all but certain. A source close to production was quoted in the article as saying, "We didn't make Season 2 of American Gods not to make a Season 3. It's a big book."–with the network expecting the series to run for a total of 5-6 seasons.
It's expected that current showrunner Jesse Alexander would not be returning in that capacity and that a search is currently underway for a new showrunner for the third season. While it's being reported that "some top-tier candidates" are "in the mix and in talks," all parties involved are said to be looking for someone who can bring the next season of the Ricky Whittle/Ian McShane-starrer in on time and on budget. Individuals being considered must be ready to hit the ground running with a "rock solid blueprint in place" to begin production.
Translation? No nearly two-year wait, like was the case between the first and second seasons–time that ended up being filled with not-so-friendly news and gossip. STARZ declined to comment when contacted by Deadline today.
The second season of STARZ's American Gods will be one of life and death…decay and renewal…for more than just Shadow (Whittle) and Wednesday (McShane). Gods old and new will be forced to deal with the ramifications from the season one finale as that meeting convenes at the House on the Rock – as Wednesday offers his gods a "time to ride." And along with a number of familiar faces, we also get a better look at some of this season's newest players: a glaring Mr. Town (Dean Winters), a digitized New Media (Kayhun Kim), and Motel America waitress Mama-Ji (Sakina Jaffrey):
While Mr. World plots revenge for the attack against him in Season One, Shadow joins Wednesday's attempt to convince the Old Gods of the case for war, with Laura and Mad Sweeney along for the adventure. A council at House on the Rock explodes, sending deities both Old and New on quests across America that will converge on Cairo, Illinois. This will force Shadow to carve out a place as a believer in this strange new world of living gods — a dark world where change demands commitment, and faith requires terrible sacrifice.
Jump back into the car with Wednesday and Shadow for a road trip like no other.
"American Gods" stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Mousa Kraish, Omid Abtahi and Demore Barnes, among others. Joining the cast this season are Kahyun Kim, Devery Jacobs, Sakina Jaffrey and Dean Winters.
Neil Gaiman serves as executive producer along with Jesse Alexander, Craig Cegielski, Scott Hornbacher, Ian McShane, Stefanie Berk, Christopher J. Byrne and Padraic McKinley.
American Gods has some new players that will definitely complicate Shadow's journey of self and spiritual discovery. Winters' (Wayne) brutally efficient and precise Mr. Town is tasked by Mr. World (Crispin Glover) to learn what Shadow knows about Wednesday's plan. First Nations actor Devery Jacobs (Cardinal) is college student Sam Black Crow: a spiritually cynical young woman who lives her life with fierce confidence and openness, selling her chainsaw art by the roadside for extra money. Kim's (Shameless) New Media is the goddess of global content: a cyberspace chameleon who's also a master manipulator. Timeless's Jaffrey portrays Hindu war goddess Mama-Ji: a waitress at the Motel America, her necklace of skulls, acerbic wit and free spirit make her a match for any mighty god or man.
If March is still a little too long of a wait for you to get your American Gods fix, STARZ has you covered with the following sneak preview from the second season:
American Gods returns to STARZ for its second season on Sunday, March 10th.