American Gods is an American television series. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about it!
1.It is based on the novel of the same name, written by Neil Gaiman and originally published in 2001.
2. The television series was developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green for the premium cable network Starz. Fuller and Green are the showrunners for the series.
3. Gaiman serves as an executive producer along with Fuller, Green, Craig Cegielski, Stefanie Berk, and Thom Beers.
4. The series focuses on Shadow Moon, who meets a strange man named Mr. Wednesday after being released from prison, and soon becomes embroiled in a large-scale conflict between the Old Gods and the New Gods, who grow stronger each day.
5. The first season originally ran on the Starz network and streaming service from April to June 2017. In May 2017, the series was renewed for a second season.
6. The series was originally picked up by HBO with Tom Hanks as producer.
7. The character of Vulcan (played by Corbin Bernsen) was not in the source novel; he is a new addition to the TV adaptation. The character is based on the ancient Roman god of fire, the forge, and metalworking, but the inspiration for the new character did not come directly from ancient mythology.
8. Instead, the idea came from a story that Neil Gaiman told showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green about traveling through Birmingham, Alabama, and seeing the 56-foot-tall cast-iron statue of Vulcan that overlooks the city on Red Mountain. In an Entertainment Weekly interview, Green said that Gaiman was told that during Birmingham’s heyday as a steel town, one steel mill had had a policy that it was cheaper for them to pay restitutional damages to the families of workers killed on the job rather than to pay to ensure their safety.
9. Green said that Gaiman characterized that policy as “as modern a definition of sacrifice as there might be”
10. Nicolas Cage was approached to play the role of Mr Wednesday but turned it down, despite liking the script. He cited the commitment of doing a TV show as the main reason for turning it down.
11. 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.
12. The language of the slaves in the beginning of episode two is called Igbo language, one of the main languages of Nigeria in Africa.
13. The “Lucy” photos appearing of Gillian Anderson were taken by Mark Seliger for US magazine in the late 90s and are unrelated to American Gods
14. This is Bryan Fuller’s first series to write since Hannibal (2013).
15. The whole Laura backstory wasn’t in the book, it was created by the creators of the show to develop more the lead female character. In fact, Emily Browning was directly presented with the script for the Laura centered episode when offered the role.
16. Second series Bryan Fuller has collaborated on with Kristin Chenoweth, after Pushing Daises which netted her an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (2007-2009).
17. Demore Barnes and Gillian Anderson both starred in Hannibal, also written by Bryan Fuller
18. Neil Gaiman declared in twitter in May 2016: ‘Just saw @GillianA in A Streetcar Named Desire at St Ann’s warehouse. She was remarkable, powerful, funny, tragic. shar.es/1eBJbq’. The day after Gillian Anderson finished the play, flew to Toronto in order to appear in the series as Media.
19. Bryan Fuller asked Gillian Anderson to play Media while she was performing “A Streetcar Named Desire” in Brooklyn, NY and came to her last performance. Two days after the show closed Gillian flew to Toronto to start filming.
20. There are many nuances in this storyline for the first season. The neon lights in the posterior title of the series, all the cats, and a number 55 on his motel door. All of these are underlined with death.