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A recently released ex-convict named Shadow meets a mysterious man who calls himself "Wednesday" and who knows more than he first seems to about Shadow's life and past.
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The cast of "American Gods" chat with Kevin Smith on IMDb LIVE at NY Comic Con about the show's success and how the series will continue to veer creatively from Neil Gaiman's source material. Plus, learn more about the early career of Ian McShane (Mr. Wednesday).

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Series cast summary:
Ricky Whittle ...  Shadow Moon 17 episodes, 2017-2020
Emily Browning ...  Laura Moon / ... 17 episodes, 2017-2020
Crispin Glover ...  Mr. World 17 episodes, 2017-2020
Yetide Badaki ...  Bilquis 17 episodes, 2017-2020
Bruce Langley ...  Technical Boy 17 episodes, 2017-2020
Pablo Schreiber ...  Mad Sweeney 17 episodes, 2017-2020
Ian McShane ...  Mr. Wednesday 17 episodes, 2017-2020
Demore Barnes ...  Mr. Ibis 13 episodes, 2017-2020
Omid Abtahi ...  Salim 12 episodes, 2017-2020
Orlando Jones ...  Mr. Nancy 11 episodes, 2017-2020
Mousa Kraish ...  The Jinn 11 episodes, 2017-2020
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Storyline

Shadow is a man with a past. But now he wants nothing more than to live a quiet life with his wife and stay out of trouble. Until he learns that she's been killed in a terrible accident. Flying home for the funeral, as a violent storm rocks the plane, he is greeted by a strange man in the seat next to him. The man calls himself Mr. Wednesday, and he knows more about Shadow than is possible. He warns Shadow that a far bigger storm is coming. And from that moment on, nothing will ever be the same. Written by HarperTorch

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Believe. (Season 1) See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Season 1 originally had 10 episodes, but after seeing the cuts for episodes 3 and 4, the producers decided to merge them into one single episode and then use the cliffhanger for the second to last episode as the season finale, then using parts of the original season finale through the whole season. Hence making the season 8 episodes long. See more »

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Mr. Wednesday's Missouri license plate starts with the number 3. In Missouri, only trucks have license plates that start with a number. His 1966 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham would start with a letter, or better yet would be eligible for Missouri historic vehicle plates. See more »


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Trying to be dark and moody at the expense of storytelling
21 June 2019 | by AdventureHayesSee all my reviews

This is one of those trendy modern dramas where the writers seem to think every line of dialogue has to be poetic and every character has to be equal parts sassy and mysterious the whole time. Actors seem to pause for about two seconds before every line and there's non stop ominous "atmosphere" from various clever visual effects and ambient music. This sort of thing is fine when there's a climax but it drags when it's every scene.

I'll give it a 5 though because even though the style spoils the storytelling for me Gaiman's cool story, the reason why I watched it, is still there. It does seem to deviate a fair bit from the original novel but Gaiman's hand is still behind the production so the deviations make sense.

The coming to America segments are very well done and I remember the first season being less into the endless "make every second dark and mysterious" than the second series.

All in all I find the hour long episodes kinda hard to get through but I'll probably still stick with as there's various characters and events that haven't yet appeared that I still want to see how they adapt. Admittedly I mainly watch sitcoms so maybe if you're used to this style you'll like it but I think it is a bit overdone.


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