Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' Adapted for TV, Lands on Amazon Prime Video

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' Adapted for TV, Lands on Amazon Prime Video

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Gaiman's 'American Gods' lands on Amazon Prime Video

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Where do "American Gods" go to build a home? Canada.

The eight-episode first season of the multi-million-dollar U.S. TV fantasy series was shot in Toronto, one reason executive producer Bryan Fuller jokes it should be called "North American Gods."

Addressing reporters at a gathering of TV critics in Los Angeles, Fuller admitted the biggest reasons to shoot in Toronto were the tax incentives, not to mention the low Canadian dollar.

"And the other reason is Toronto's a great city, and it has fantastic crews," said Fuller, who shot the NBC drama "Hannibal" in Mississauga, Ont. He said the crew he worked with on that series "had fantastic attitudes and became friends, so I love walking on set and seeing friends."

Based on the bestselling 2001 novel by Neil Gaiman, also an executive producer on the series, "American Gods" follows the adventures of Shadow Moon (played by UK actor Ricky Whittle), a man released from prison after the death of his wife Laura (Australian Emily Browning). Shadow meets a con artist named Wednesday ("Deadwood" star Ian McShane) and is soon caught up in an out-of-this-world road trip across America, recruiting old gods from mythology and religion in a square off against new gods from the worlds of media and technology. Seems the historical gods are losing followers to these upstart gods, reflecting society's fickle obsessions with money, media, celebrity and drugs.

Developed at HBO then shifted to Starz, the epic series began production in 2015 and wrapped the first eight episodes in Toronto last October. The cast rocked Comic-Con last summer, even without the presence of recurring star Gillian Anderson, who plays the new god Media.

British Columbia-born Pablo Schreiber is among the principals as 4,000-year-old leprechaun Mad Sweeney, a part expanded beyond the original book. …

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