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American Gods No Longer Planned for HBO

By Jacob Klein on Nov 19, 2013 to American Gods

This may come as disappointing news to many of you out there.  Neil Gaiman did an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit today and had the following reply to one of his fans asking the question: “I always hear things about an American Gods HBO Series, pilots and greenlights and all sorts of things. Whats the truth?“.  Here was his answer:

There is an American Gods TV series in the works. It’s no longer with HBO. The moment that things are ready to be announced I am sure they will be, either legitimately or via a leak in a big Hollywood Agency mailroom.

We’re not sure where the show will be airing whether it be AMC, FX, Netflix or even Amazon who also now seems to be in the business of original content these days.  Gaiman had remained mostly silent, even defensive about releasing any info in the past.  Needless to say we probably won’t be reporting much more on this project as it is no longer on HBO.

We’re not sure when the show moved away from HBO but throughout our investigation of the possible series we have noted that the content would have been somewhat difficult to put to film in a convincing way.  Maybe the Home Box Office didn’t think they could do it proper justice on the silver screen.

We’ll leave the speculation to others though as this project’s tenure with HBO appears to be severed.  What do you think, HBO fans?  Will HBO try their hand at another supernatural thriller to replace True Blood in summer 2015?  Leave us a comment below with your thoughts.

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Wow
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Hope its FX cause I get that channel

Miseryschild
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Can not wait!!!! Absolutely love all of Neil Gaimans’ work , but “American Gods” is by far my favorite!

Robbie Moraes
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Who cares? It will be more British TV crap. Like always.

E.Gem
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How can you say that when your name is Doctor Who?

Ed_G11
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Also ironic is that Mr. Gaiman wrote two episodes for Doctor Who (“The Doctor’s Wife” and “Nightmare in Silver”)

charlie
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Right, ’cause Sherlock is just horribly written garbage. Got it.

yourlordthejedi
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Actually, british tv does suck. As for sherlock being garbage– sherlock had his run with many books, he became soooo played out that even the author killed him off. If you remember, he falls to his death with his nemesis ( professor moriarty). Then Years later, he comes back to life… apparently faking his death for watson. GARBAGE writing at its it’s finest. Youre probably one of those teeny boppers that knows nothing about anything but likes to comment on everything. Have fun with your british shows like skins, and dr who, and misfits.

d
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sherlock was brought back due to popular demand. The writer hated writing about him so killed him off. So a tad harsh with your assessment of sloppy writing. British tv is crap.

mwilson21
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More than fine with this, honestly. I read the book after hearing that the show was being developed at HBO, and like most of Gaiman’s other work, I really enjoyed it – I just didn’t think it would make for a compelling series. It seemed like something that would be better suited to a different network. Just about everything else that’s in the pipeline at HBO (in terms of dramatic programming) seems more interesting to me, personally. They’ve got the untitled Scorsese late 70’s rock & roll series; a Steve McQueen series focusing on a young African American’s transition to… Read more »
Timmy T
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Same here. And let’s not forget David Simon’s (hopefully) next project after Treme – that history of the CIA (Legacy of Ashes) he’s been talking about.

mwilson21
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Very true. Given the recent NSA revelations, and the general disregard for the Constitution that the American government has shown itself to have, I don’t think there could ever be a more fitting time to develop that show into a series. Pair it with The Money, and you’ve got Milch & Simon on the same freaking night!

Jacob Klein
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Yeah I love both of your ideas. Let’s not forget that HBO has TONS of stuff in the oven right now. I think they need to make sure they DIRECTLY fill this True Blood void in 2015 but still.. lots of stuff incoming.

Jef Dinsmore
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I am not really surprised about this news nor am I holding my breath that the concept actually gets to air anywhere. If have the money to make it right.

My 2015 prediction is THE LEFTOVERS.

Cian Gaffney
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Well, this sucks. Hopefully the Dark Tower series will work out instead.

SerTahu
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I was extremely disappointed to find this out. I thought American Gods was almost guaranteed to replace True Blood in 2015, and I was very much looking forward to it, but oh well. It does seem that he is in talks with another network but isn’t able to talk about it yet, though. My top predictions would be: 1) Netflix (who seems to be trying to snatch up everything they can get their hands on that other networks reject) 2) Starz (who are greatly expanding their amount of original content) 3) AMC (who just have an eye for quality) I… Read more »
Stephen
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Starz really don’t have the money for a series like American Goods.

I don’t think AMC would be a good fit. They have their limits, and they`re coming up with at least 3 new series from next year to the end of 2015 with a The Walking Dead-spinoff and companion as one of them.

The show also seems to pricey for Netflix.

Showtime might be a fit with the somewhat crazy budget the series had under development if it went forward on HBO. But then again, Showtime seems to be aiming for more traditional dramas and with something different like Penny Dreadful.

SerTahu
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With Starz it could depend on how well they do in 2014. They have 4 new serial dramas starting up (Black Sails, Outlander, Fortitude and Power), in addition to two ongoing dramas (Da Vinci’s Demons and The White Queen), and it seems like they are really trying to become a serious competitor to HBO and Showtime in the premium cable sector. If any of those shows become a huge hit (and in my opinion Black Sails and Outlander very well could), they might have some more money at their disposal in a few years time. And honestly, I really hope… Read more »
Stephen
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Starz had to let White Queen go, they couldn’t hold the show on because BBC didn’t want more. They could not afford a new season. And with all coming it`s just too much for a channel that has so many problems with money the last couple of years. American Gods is a big risk, even bigger risk for Starz than HBO. Netflix has their limits when it comes to money. They are making some cash, but they`re also spending much. Netflix mostly seems to afford to pick up two seasons at the time, not six seasons like Playtone wants. AMC… Read more »
SerTahu
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Yes, the BBC did cancel The White Queen, but Starz is developing a sequel miniseries by themselves: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/10386303/The-White-Queen-is-to-make-a-comeback.html Honestly, I would prefer a sequel to Camelot simply because it ended on a cliffhanger, but I’ll take it. But yeah, the more I think about it, the more American Gods seems out of reach for Starz. But does Netflix limit their series’ to two seasons? If they greenlight 2 seasons at a time, that is more than what HBO does. So I take it that American Gods does have sex in it? I know very little about it, other than the… Read more »
Stephen
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Ah, forgot Starz was doing that with White Queen. But that seems to be hard to do.

The deal with American Gods on HBO was a six season order by the rumors. And no season by seasons-orders. Netflix can’t give that. Only Showtime.

Yeah, Playtone is making or developing Masters of Air.

SerTahu
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The “HBO has greenlit it for 6 seasons” was denied by Neil Gaiman. 6 seasons might have been a goal, but they still would have just done season by season orders until they reached that point, wouldn’t they? As far as I’m aware networks never greenlight a new series for more than one season (unless they are Starz :P).

Stephen
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Not actully supernatural, but HBO has The Leftovers. Picking up that show was almost a clear message that American Gods no longer was in development at HBO.

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