‘American Gods’ Ricky Whittle Signs With WME

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EXCLUSIVE: In a move that is way more bottom line and big league than leap of faith, American Gods star Ricky Whittle has signed up with WME for representation in all areas, I’ve learned.
Just over a week after the Starz series based on Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed 2001 novel kicked off work on its second season, Whittle has cleaned the decks with his now past reps at Talentworks and managers Untitled Entertainment. Throwing in his lot with the Ari Emanuel and Patrick…

Comic-Con: Essential Panels, Surprises + Backstage With Ricky Whittle Of ‘American Gods’

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“It’s like Disneyland for adults — I still geek out,” American Gods star and Comic-Con veteran Ricky Whittle says of the colossal San Diego confab that officially kicks off tomorrow. To help negotiate the July 20-23 fanboy and fangirl extravaganza, Whittle and his backstage insights joined Deadline to, er, whittle the hundreds of panels, activations and events that fill SDCC’s schedule to its core essentials.
Check out Deadline’s Comic-Con 2017 video preview and see who…

Every ‘American Gods’ Character, Ranked by How Weirdly Intriguing They Are (Photos)

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“American Gods” is full of characters who only show up for a brief time to do something delightfully weird and godlike. Here’s every single one, ranked by how intriguing, mysterious, flawed and strange they are. Spoilers beyond this point!

Robbie (Dane Cook)
Audrey’s husband and Shadow’s best friend got mixed up with Laura and, seemingly, fell in love with her. Unfortunately, he failed to realize that Laura’s been working through some stuff — like latent depression. Overall, though, he’s just a typical human dude, and one who can’t seem to avoid ruining his relationships.

Low Key Lyesmith (Jonathan Tucker)
Shadow’s bud from his days in prison has some good advice — like how you shouldn’t yell at airline officials. There’s no metaphor there, even though it seems like he might be building toward one. What we’ve seen of Low Key is pretty thin and doesn’t suggest a whole lot of death.

Technical Boy (Bruce Langley)
The impetuous kid new god that represents the Internet seems a lot like its worst parts. He employs a faceless mob and he seems to take offense to tiny slights and overreact. Oh, and after having his minions hang Shadow from a tree, he seems pretty racist in addition to violent. So yeah, a lot like a big chunk of the Internet, but not a lot of depth there.

Audrey (Betty Gilpin)
Laura and Shadow’s best friend gets introduced under the worst circumstances. But she quickly turns into one of the funniest characters in “American Gods,” especially after Laura’s return. Audrey surprises everyone — including maybe her self — when her justified bitterness combines with a reluctant willingness to help her former friend in her weird predicament.

Salim (Omid Abtahi)
Salim’s moment with the Jinn is almost a short story in the world of “American Gods,” one that goes through an arc viewers probably don’t expect. His struggles with finding his way in America, his time with a low-level deity, his literally magical sex scene and his new lease on life at its conclusion stand out in a show that’s usually about a fair amount of bad news for its characters.

Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber)
Fighting, drinking, and flipping gold coins. Sweeney isn’t really anything but angry, especially at Shadow for some reason. His lack of luck is creating some suitably horrific scenarios, which are at least visually arresting. But we need to see Mad Sweeney doing more than just giving Shadow a hard time.

Mr. Ibis (Demore Barnes)
The best thing about Mr. Ibis so far is genuine zeal for helping preserve Laura’s undead body, “Death Becomes Her”-style. Hopefully he’ll have more zombies to treat in the future.

Zorya Polunochnaya (Erika Kaar)
One of the three sisters living with Czernobog, Zorya Polunochnaya hasn’t been around much in the series, but her dream moment with Shadow, and the whole “grab the moon out of the sky” thing, is definitely intriguing.

Mr. Jacquel (Chris Obi)
The god of the afterlife has had a couple of solid moments weighing the hearts of those moving on to the next life. His screen time has been a bit low so far, though, so while his careful ferrying of souls to the next life is compelling, he could definitely stand to have more to do.

Bilquis (Yetide Badaki)
A god that straight up absorbs her worshipers in the middle of sex is easily the creepiest thing “American Gods” has yet thrown us, and that includes a zombie wife who loses an arm and gets it stapled back on. What the deal is with Bilquis, though, remains to be seen.

Mr. Nancy (Orlando Jones)
We’ve only seen a bit of Mr. Nancy. But Orlando Jones absolutely crushed his harrowing speech inspiring a slave uprising. His impeccable style is pretty awesome, but we’re waiting for Mr. Nancy to really bear his spider fangs.

Czernobog (Peter Storemare)
The dark Slavic god with a big hammer and a taste for artfully (and mercifully) dealing death, Czernobog is both a spooky badass and a god whose own nature is in doubt. He doesn’t even know if he’s a bad guy or not — after all, he might kill cows and people, but he tries to do it in one shot. That internal conflict might not go any further, but he’s cool to have around in any case.

Media (Gillian Anderson)
Showing up in the guise of Lucille Ball on a set of department store TVs was very cool touch for the godly personification of television, but we haven’t seen Media actually do much yet. Still, she’s the most stylish of gods, and her Bowie look will probably be high in the running for coolest touch even by the end of the season.

The Jinn (Mousa Kraish)
Though the wish-granting might be a little roundabout in this case, the Jinn still manages to create a compelling look at the idea of adaptation and assimilation to the changing time and place of “American Gods.” The intensity of the connection between the Jinn and Salim makes their moment together one of the most compelling side stories the series has shown.

Zorya Vechernyaya (Cloris Leachman)
The Evening Star sister, Vechernyaya doesn’t even like Mr. Wednesday. It’s clear he isn’t interested in dealing with his BS, unlike just about everyone else. That alone sets her apart from most of the other characters, to say nothing of her unwillingness to abandon the rules of being a good host even for a guy she doesn’t want around.

Laura Moon (Emily Browning)
With her own dedicated episode, Laura became one of the most complicated characters on “American Gods.” It was easy to blame her for betraying Shadow, but there’s a whole lot more going on with her than was first apparent. Now back from the dead, she’s got even more weird issues to contend with.

Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle)
Shadow seems to be everyman walking through the world of gods with basically no idea what’s going on. Then again, there has to be a reason every god seems to be very interested in him. He’s apparently a formidable checkers opponent under the right circumstances, and he keeps managing to find solutions to ever-more-weirdo problems — suggesting there’s more to Shadow than even he knows.

Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane)
Ian McShane always brings a certain well-spoken straightforwardness to his characters. Mr. Wednesday has an air of McShane’s character Al Swearengen from “Deadwood,” but with a little more class and a lot more mystery. He’s pretty great at holding his cards close to the vest and we’re still waiting to see what his endgame is.

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Ian McShane On Starz’s ‘American Gods’: “Nothing Is As It Seems, Ever” – Contenders Emmys

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“You know how every show says it’s groundbreaking, it’s game-changing? Well, this one actually might be,” star Ian McShane said of American Gods. As co-lead of Deadwood, and with appearances on Game of Thrones, Ray Donovan and American Horror Story under his belt, he knows a thing or two about innovative television. The British actor was on the Starz panel at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys event Sunday to discuss his part as the enigmatic Mr. Wednesday in the new series…

New ‘American Gods’ Trailer Features First Look at Kristin Chenoweth as Easter (Video)

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Gods old and new assemble in the newest trailer for Starz’s adaptation of “American Gods.”

Ricky Whittle stars in the adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel, which portrays a war between the old gods of biblical and mythological roots and a new group of gods “reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.”

Emily Browning and Ian McShane also star. Michael Green and Bryan Fuller will act as showrunners and executive producers, while David Slade will direct.

Also Read: ‘American Gods’ Gets April Premiere Date on Starz (Photo)

The new footage features first looks at cast members including Kristin Chenoweth as Easter, Cloris Leachman as Zorya Vechernyaya and Crispin Glover as Mr. World, all dieties in a battle for dominance.

Still mysterious is Gillian Anderson, who plays the god of media.

Eight episodes of “American Gods” will premiere Sunday, April 30 at 9 p.m. ET on Starz.

‘American Gods’ Gets April Premiere Date on Starz (Photo)

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Starz’s “American Gods” adaptation will premiere on April 30, the premium cable network announced Thursday.

Ricky Whittle stars in the adaptation of the Neil Gaiman novel, which portrays a war between the old gods of biblical and mythological roots and a new group of gods “reflecting society’s modern love of money, technology, media, celebrity and drugs.”

Emily Browning and Ian McShane also star. Michael Green and Bryan Fuller will act as showrunners and executive producers, while David Slade will direct.

Also Read: ‘American Gods’ First Look: Kristin Chenoweth as Easter (Photo)

Additionally, Starz has released a new poster for the series, which will have its world premiere at the SXSW conference and festival in Austin  March 11.

Eight episodes of “American Gods” will premiere Sunday, April 30 at 9 p.m. ET on Starz.

 

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