Media outlets are reporting that Starz have cancelled the series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods after three seasons on the network.
The series focuses on Shadow Moon, a man serving time in prison. With only days remaining in his sentence, he’s given an unexpected early release after his beloved wife Laura is killed. When returning home to attend the funeral, Shadow meets a man named Wednesday who appears to be nothing more than a con artist and offers him a job – to be his bodyguard. Shadow finds himself in the centre of a world that he struggles to understand. It’s a world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods, like Technology and Media. Mr. Wednesday seeks to build a coalition of Old Gods to defend their existence in this new America, and reclaim some of the influence that they’ve lost. As Shadow travels across the country with Mr. Wednesday, he struggles to accept this new reality, and his place in it.
A spokesperson from Starz gave a statement to Deadline, saying:
Everyone at Starz is grateful to the dedicated cast and crew, and our partners at Fremantle who brought author and executive producer Neil Gaiman’s ever-relevant story to life that speaks to the cultural climate of our country.
In the same report from Deadline, they say that they hear that discussions have been held about having American Gods be wrapped up as either an event series or a TV movie, but based on the fact that the series has seen double-digit ratings declines from season to season, that idea might be a bit of a stretch.
The series premiered back in 2017 and since it’s been on the air, there has been as much drama behind the camera, with the show going through different showrunners and also having highly publicised members of the cast not returning for the series. From what I heard the finale of season three ended on a cliffhanger and for the hardcore fanbase that stuck with the show (I dropped out during halfway of season two), I’m sure they’re bitterly disappointed with the news, but in a world of never say never, if they campaign long enough to have at least a TV movie to wrap up the series, even if it’s a slight possibility.
The third season of American Gods starred Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Bruce Langley, Yetide Badaki, Omid Abtahi, Demore Barnes, Ashley Reyes, Peter Stormare, Dominique Jackson, Blythe Danner and Iwan Rheon.