‘American Gods’ Gets Season 3 Renewal – and a New Showrunner

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“American Gods” has been renewed for a third season at Starz, with Charles “Chic” Eglee named as the new showrunner.

The second season, based on Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name, debuted this past Sunday.

“Audiences continue to worship at the altar of ‘American Gods’ and we are excited to be able to announce to all the true believers that there is more of this fantastical series to come,” said Carmi Zlotnik, president of programming for Starz. “With Chic at the helm, the invaluable insight and contributions of Neil Gaiman and the undeniable talent of this dedicated cast and crew, we know that the show will continue to deliver on the vision and promise laid out in the novel.”

Eglee has previously worked on series including “Hemlock Grove,” “The Walking Dead,” “Dexter” and “The Shield.”

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The renewal comes after “American Gods” underwent numerous changes both in front of and behind the scenes, which resulted in extensive delays in getting season 2 to the airwaves. Michael Green and Bryan Fuller, who originally adapted Gaiman’s 2001 novel for Starz, left the series after the first season, with Jesse Alexander taking their place.

But then last fall, it was reported that Alexander was no longer working on the show. At the time, Starz and the show’s studio Fremantle declined to comment on Alexander’s status.

During a conversation about the production troubles last month, Gaiman told TheWrap that Alexander was brought in simply to be a bridge to make sure the season was finished. He added that, despite all the troubles, he was confident about a third season.

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Along with the showrunner shakeup, “American Gods” saw casting changes going into its sophomore year, with Gillian Anderson (who played Media) replaced by Kahyun Kim (who plays New Media), and the additions of Dean Winters as Mr. Town and Devery Jacobs as Sam Black Crow. Kristin Chenoweth, who played the god Easter in the first season, also departed the series.

“I’m thrilled ‘American Gods’ has been renewed for a third season, and even more thrilled that I’m getting to work on it with Chic Eglee,” said Gaiman, who serves as an executive producer, in a statement. “Chic is the best partner-in-crime. We’ve been working for weeks now on the shape of the season and I’m delighted that he gets to carry the American Gods torch on to glory. Thank you to Fremantle, Starz and Amazon for having faith in the series, to Bryan, Michael and Jesse for bringing it this far, to all the cast and crew, and most of all to the viewers. It’s their love of the characters that took us to this point, and will take us on to the next chapter.”

“American Gods” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Starz

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‘Good Omens’ Trailer: Angel Michael Sheen And Demon David Tennant Fight To Save The World In New Amazon Series

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‘Good Omens’ Trailer: Can an Angel and Demon Stop the End of the World? (Video)

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Amazon released its longest look yet at “Good Omens,” its adaption of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s acclaimed fantasy novel.

All six episodes will debut on May 31. “Good Omens” stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant as an angel and demon, respectfully, who have an unlikely friendship over centuries of living comfortably on Earth. Having become overly fond of life on Earth, they’re forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon. But they have lost the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days, forcing them to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.

Based on the beloved book, “Good Omens” also includes Jon Hamm as the Archangel Gabriel, Frances McDormand as the Voice of God and Benedict Cumberbatch as Satan. On Tuesday, Gaiman announced that Brian Cox will be the Voice of Death.

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Gaiman serves as showrunner with Douglas MacKinnon directing all six episodes. Produced by BBC Studios, Amazon Studios, Blank Corporation and Narrativia. Gaiman, MacKinnon, Chris Sussman, Simon Winstone and Rob Wilkins serve as Executive Producers.

Watch the trailer above.

“Good Omens” premieres all six episodes on Amazon May 31

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“Good Omens” has found its voice of death in Brian Cox.

Neil Gaiman made the announcement Tuesday on his Twitter account, writing “So for anybody wondering… The amazing Brian Cox plays Death in #GoodOmens. This is what Death looks like, when he’s not on a motorbike anyway. (Watch the trailer tomorrow.)”

Amazon will debut the six-episode adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s acclaimed fantasy novel, which stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant as an angel and demon, respectfully, who form an unlikely friendship over centuries of living comfortably on Earth.

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Set as the end of the world approaches, the series follows fussy angel, Aziraphale (Sheen), and a loose-living demon, Crowley (Tennant), who are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon as the end of the world approaches. When they lose the Antichrist — an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days – they are forced to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.

The cast also includes Jon Hamm as the Archangel Gabriel, Frances McDormand as the Voice of God and Benedict Cumberbatch as Satan.

Gaiman serves as showrunner with Douglas MacKinnon directing all six episodes. Produced by BBC Studios, Amazon Studios, Blank Corporation and Narrativia. Gaiman, MacKinnon, Chris Sussman, Simon Winstone and Rob Wilkins serve as Executive Producers.

So for anybody wondering… The amazing Brian Cox plays Death in #GoodOmens. This is what Death looks like, when he’s not on a motorbike anyway. (Watch the trailer tomorrow.) pic.twitter.com/ARmFMM97uc

— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) March 5, 2019

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13 TCA Takeaways: ‘Game of Thrones’ Updates, Farewell ‘Modern Family’ and David Spade’s New ‘Hollywood Minute’

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After 16 days, each feeling longer than the last, the Television Critics Association (TCA) Winter Press Tour is finally, mercifully over.

And no, we did not get a “Game of Thrones” Season 8 trailer.

But still, we learned a lot, we ate a lot, we drank an undisclosed amount. Find our 13 top takeaways from the biannual media event below.

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David Spade Is the New Larry Wilmore, Jordan Klepper, etc.
“Saturday Night Live” and “Just Shoot Me” alum David Spade will get the latest crack at cracking Comedy Central’s 11:30 p.m. slot, the one behind the Viacom cable channel’s flagship series, “The Daily Show.” Spade promised no politics on his show, so expect a more grown-up version of his old “Hollywood Minute” segment on “Weekend Update.” That might not be a bad thing.

The hope is that Spade can do what Larry Wilmore, Jordan Klepper and really any other filler material has not been able to pull off since “The Colbert Report” — get decent TV ratings, and stick around.

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Say Goodbye to “Friends” (for Real This Time, Probably), Netflix Users
“Friends” fans were whipped into a frenzy in late 2018 when it seemed the old NBC Must-See TV staple was leaving Netflix. The gigantically rich streaming giant opened its wallet real wide to keep Joey, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Ross and Chandler around.

But with the WarnerMedia streaming service on its way, that was likely to be a short-term fix. Though we were previously told that the two SVOD services might play nice and share the valuable rights, Turner boss Kevin Reilly updated us that he’s not feeling as charitable.

And yes, “charitable” is a funny word considering the $100 million price tag.

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“Handmaid’s Tale” Gets Season 3 Premiere Date, Which Definitely Has Nothing to Do With “Game of Thrones”
Good news/bad news: We finally know when “Handmaid’s Tale” will return for Season 3, but fans are going to have to wait a while.

The next installment of “Handmaid’s” will debut with three episodes on June 5. That misses the Emmys eligibility window for this season, meaning the Elisabeth Moss drama will never have to contend with “Game of Thrones” in that race again. Of course, the two have absolutely nothing to do with one another, Hulu boss Craig Erwich insisted.

“No, um, it doesn’t,” Erwich told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour, when asked if the return of “GoT” was affecting the return of “Handmaid’s Tale.” “You’re gonna watch the final season of ‘Game of Thrones,’ as well,” he added. “It simply was, we wanted to give the show as much time as possible to maintain the quality that it has. I can tell you, and I think [creator] Bruce [Miller] and [executive producer] Warren [Littlefield] will come out, maybe at a later date, I’ve had the chance to see the first two episodes of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and it’s spectacular.”

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Where We at With “Westworld” Season 3?
It’s been nearly a year since the second season of “Westworld” premiered on HBO, and the cabler clearly isn’t rushing to push out a third.

Luckily for those fans eagerly awaiting answers, there has been progress on Season 3. HBO programming boss Casey Bloys told TheWrap that the show is scheduled to resume shooting the new season in March. However, Bloys said there’s no definitive time frame for when the season will air, indicating that fans might have to wait until 2020.

Young William himself Jimmi Simpson was unable to provide any clearer picture, saying that his character will be “less of a focus” in the new season. So much less of a focus, in fact, that he hasn’t even been asked back for the new episodes.

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And “The Nevers,” for That Matter?
Sorry, not a ton to report here.

“We just started. [Joss] has been writing. It’s very exciting. He’s great to work with,” Bloys told TheWrap. “We’ve just started talking about names, starting auditions, things like that. So we’re just starting.”

Maybe summer tour.

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When Are We Getting a Freakin’ “Game of Thrones” Trailer?
Who knows? Well, Casey definitely does.

“All in the works. I can’t reveal the dates,” Bloys told TheWrap during the Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour. “I’ve seen a cut. I don’t know if I’ve seen a finished one.”

The exec also weighed in on the Bud Light-“Game of Thrones” crossover ad during the Super Bowl, the status of George R. R. Martin’s prequel pilot and just exactly how much “Game of Thrones” fans have left.

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How Far Off-Book Will “Big Little Lies” Go?
When asked if a third season was in the cards, showrunner David E. Kelley told reporters there was “no such plan” in place. “We like where our closure is at the end of Season 2,” Kelley said.

Notably, Kelley and co. have said as much before, and reversed course. Originally intended as a one-off miniseries adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel, HBO ultimately renewed “Big Little Lies” for a second go in late 2017 after the first season became a hit with both viewers and Emmy voters.

We’re way past the book by now.

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Is There a Future for “Lethal Weapon”?
Depends on who you ask. We asked new Fox chief Charlie Collier, who said he believes the chemistry between newcomer Seann William Scott and the show’s elder statesman Damon Wayans has “hit its stride.” Collier says he is “encouraged” by that.

Enough for a Season 4? You know, one without Wayans, who said last fall he was quitting the series in December. (But then Fox went and ordered three more episodes for the currently airing season, all of which include Wayans, and the actor hasn’t made a public statement about his future with the show since.)

“We’d all have to retrench and, again, I love what he brings to the screen, so what I’m looking at is what the two of them are doing that is pretty magical,” Collier said of the post-Clayne Crawford era. “And I think if — I wasn’t here, but if you read way back when, I think people will be really pleasantly surprised with where they’ve brought the show.”

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How About “The Conners”?
New ABC entertainment chief Karey Burke says the network is “close” on a deal to bring back “Roseanne” spinoff “The Conners” for a second season.

No surprise here, as the saved and transformed sitcom was a success. Not a “Roseanne” revival success, but still.

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Say Goodbye to “Modern Family”
“Modern Family” has long been the crown jewel of ABC’s comedy line-up, once both a commercial hit and an awards darling. But the aged show is finally set to come to an end, as ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke announced during her presentation that the upcoming 11th season would serve as show’s final bow.

“In its final season, there will be more milestone events that anyone who has been a fan of the series won’t want to miss,” Burke said, calling the 22-time Emmy winning series “one of the most seminal and iconic comedies in television history.”

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How Will Network Heads Respond to Netflix’s Viewership Data? (Spoiler: Not Well)
“Peak TV” leader John Landgraf took some Nielsen data-backed jabs at Netflix’s new pattern of randomly releasing its viewership numbers on Twitter, which he says are not “remotely accurate.”

Below is a small taste of Landgraf’s wrath, but you should really read the whole thing here.

“Netflix is not telling you the whole story because the numbers they issue do not follow the universally-understood television metric, the one you and prior generations of reporters have been using through their whole careers, which is average audience,” Landgraf told a room full of reporters during his FX executive session. “Many Silicon Valley companies have long used various metrics based on video use or video starts which inflates their perceived usage and is not a remotely accurate representation of a long-form program’s performance.”

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“Good Omens” for Amazon and Benedict Cumberbatch in May
Neil Gaiman’s long-gestating adaptation of his own book “Good Omens” is finally set to see the light of day. Along with a preview of the opening credits sequence, Amazon announced during its presentation that the series, based on Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 novel of the same name, would hit the streaming platform on May 31.

Gaiman also revealed that Benedict Cumberbatch had joined the already stacked cast for the six-episode adaptation as a “400-foot high” CGI version of Satan. He’ll go toe-to-toe with the Voice of God, voiced by Frances McDormand, in the series, which also stars Michael Sheen, David Tennant and Jon Hamm.

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Let’s Get Some “Picard” Deets, Please
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Kurtzman — the overseer of CBS’s burgeoning “Star Trek” universe, including the ongoing “Star Trek: Discovery,” the standalone “Short Treks,” the upcoming animated series “Lower Decks” and a potential Michelle Yeoh-centric “Discovery” spinoff — was only able to offer a few hints about the “Next Generation” follow-up, saying only that the long gap between shows would factor in.

“It’s been 20-plus years, so he couldn’t possibly be that same person anymore,” Kurtzman told reporters. “The question becomes: What has happened to him in that period of time? Have there been occurrences that force him to reckon with choices that he’s made in his life?”

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Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Satan on Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’

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Satan is coming to Amazon’s “Good Omens” and he’ll be voiced by none other than Benedict Cumberbatch.

Neil Gaiman made the announcement Wednesday during the Television Critics Association press tour. The character will be a “400-foot high” CGI creation, added Douglas MacKinnon and will show up in episode six. Frances McDormand is already on board to play the Voice of God.

During the show’s TCA panel, Gaiman also announced that the adaptation of his and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 novel will premiere all six episodes on Friday, May 31.

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“Good Omens” stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant as an angel and demon, respectfully, who form an unlikely friendship over centuries of living comfortably on Earth. Jon Hamm is also in the show, playing the Archangel Gabriel.

Set as the end of the world approaches, the series follows fussy Angel Aziraphale (Sheen) and a loose-living Demon Crowley (Tennant) who are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon as the end of the world approaches. When they lose the Antichrist — an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days – they are forced to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.

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Amazon Sets ‘Good Omens’ Premiere Date, Watch the Opening Credits (Video)

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Amazon has set the premiere date for its adaptation of “Good Omens.”

Neil Gaiman said Wednesday during the Television Critics Association press tour that the six-episode limited series will debut May 31. All six will available at once. The streamer also released the opening title sequence for the series, which you can watch above.

The series, based on Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 novel, stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant as an angel and demon, respectfully, who form an unlikely friendship over centuries of living comfortably on Earth. Jon Hamm plays the Archangel Gabriel and Frances McDormand lends her voice as the Voice of God.

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Set as the end of the world approaches, the series follows fussy Angel Aziraphale (Sheen) and a loose-living Demon Crowley (Tennant) who are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon as the end of the world approaches. When they lose the Antichrist — an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days – they are forced to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.

Gaiman serves as showrunner with Douglas MacKinnon directing all six episodes.

Gaiman spoke with TheWrap about getting the adaptation to Amazon, following a nearly decade-long attempt by him and Pratchett — who died in 2015 — to get someone to adapt it.

With its literally out-of-this-world plot that spans centuries and features angels, demons, the Voice of God and the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, adapting the series was a herculean task. Gaiman said that they spent “11 months in post-production, which is what it takes when you’ve got 1,200 VFX shots and something of that level of complexity.”

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(This story contains small spoilers from the book “Good Omens,” which was first published in 1990).

It’s been a long time coming for “Good Omens,” the fantasy novel written by “American Gods” author Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, to make it to the screen.

But later this year, Amazon will debut its six-episode adaptation of the acclaimed fantasy novel, which takes place the day before the Apocalypse. Gaimand and Pratchett, before he died in 2015, had been trying to get somebody, anybody to take on the task of adapting their book for the better part of the last decade.

“Terry and I kept trying to find somebody that was going to make it for us. We would go to top writers and showrunners in the world and say ‘Good Omens’ and they would go ‘uhh.. too weird,” Gaiman told TheWrap at the television critics association press tour. Gaiman said that, shortly before Pratchett died, he wrote Gaiman a letter basically telling him he had to be the one to adapt his own work. “I want to watch it before the lights go out,” Gaiman said Pratchett wrote him. “And then he died. Which moved it from my friend asking me to do something to a last request.”

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Gaiman said that from then on, things started moving quicker and by early 2017, Amazon greenlit the series.

But the adaptation, with its literally out-of-this-world plot that spans centuries and features angels, demons, the Voice of God and the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse, was a herculean task. Gaiman said that they spent “11 months in post-production, which is what it takes when you’ve got 1,200 VFX shots and something of that level of complexity.”

The series stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant as an angel and demon, respectfully, who form an unlikely friendship over centuries of living comfortably on Earth. Jon Hamm plays the Archangel Gabriel and Frances McDormand lends her voice as the Voice of God.

Set as the end of the world approaches, the series follows fussy Angel Aziraphale (Sheen) and a loose-living Demon Crowley (Tennant) who are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon as the end of the world approaches. When they lose the Antichrist — an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days – they are forced to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.

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With Gaiman as showrunner, the Amazon adaptation was able to stay pretty close to its source material — and even includes pieces of the never-published sequel. However, there was one particular scene that Gaiman had to cut, that he called “one of my favorite scenes in the book.”

The scene in question was the “Last Ride of the Bikers of the Repocalypse.”

“It was a lot of people’s favorite scene,” Gaiman said. “Its all of the stuff with the other four horseman of the apocalypse, riding along behind the [main] four horseman of the apocalypse, talking to each other while they ride in this sort of weird mystical way.” He said that he wrote this scene in his first draft of the script, before realizing “I don’t think this is going to work. I think it’s going to cost us millions to try and shoot the sequence.”

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The problem was the scene deals with four bikers — Big Ted, Pigbog, Greaser, and Scuzz — driving down a freeway at 90 miles an hour during a thunderstorm, having a silent conversation with each other, which is much easier to put into a novel, “because you’re reading the conversation,” Gaiman said. “And I cheated, and said there’s a weird silence and they could hear each other’s voices and stuff like that. How the f–k [do] you actually get that to work [on screen]?”

With a lot of money, which Gaiman later realized was just not worth it, since those characters end up minor to the overall story. “We had even cast the guys and they were fantastic,” he said. “But it was like, ah, this is not actually going to work.”

“Good Omens” premieres on Amazon in 2019

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