Neil Gaiman clears up some ‘American Gods’ business for us. Is it too soon to be excited for season 2?


Neil Gaiman has some very interesting things to say on the changes in American Gods from the book to the series, and the addition of Argus Panoptes to represent our surveillance culture. Also, Media, as played by Gillian Anderson is not the same character as New Media who will appear this season portrayed by Kahyun Kim:

“The biggest thing that simply didn’t exist in the book was social media. That was why we knew we needed a New Media. You know people go “Oh, the New Media, so you’ve replaced Media?” And it’s like “No, no Media…she’s somewhere still out there wandering around. She just has less and less people watching her, less belief and power. New Media is New Media.

It’s that stuff. It’s the fact that everybody…we’re in this sort of strange, Snapchat-y generation where likes seems to matter, but we don’t really know what they mean. All we know is we get this tiny little endorphin buzz from being told that we’ve been given them. That kind of thing I think is very new.”

Better Call Saul is “closer to the end … than to the beginning” which isn’t surprising since this past season was season four, and Breaking Bad only ran for five seasons.

Your reminder that Crazy Ex-Girlfriend is returning on Friday and you should be watching it.

The Haunting of Hill House also debuts on Friday, and apparently each episode has eight to ten ghosts hidden in plain sight. CAN’T WAIT.

Well played, Nickleback. Well played.

A visual history of The Handmaid’s Tale protestors.

WHERE IS MARIE LAVEAU?

The head of Netflix isn’t saying whether or not the Obamas will appear on camera on any of their Netflix programming. Also, HBO passed on Wild Wild Country, the fools.

Oh no, Top Chef contestant Fatima Ali says she only has a year left to live. How heartbreaking.

The racial discrimination suit against NBC and Questlove has been moved to arbitration.

The “Three Stooges” fatigue created by the sheer number of Trump’s scandals as explained by The Simpsons:

Sex Monster News

What female reporters deal with:

Michael Darby is back on The Real Housewives of Potomac after charges were dropped against him for insufficient evidence.

Hannah Gadsby and Monica Lewinsky had a public conversation at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit about shame and humor and it was fascinating. Also, Gadsby won’t be hosting Saturday Night Live anytime soon.

Renewals

Cancellations

In Development

Casting News

Mark Your Calendars

  • Carpool Karaoke: The Series is returning “soon.”
  • Dynasty is returning on The CW this Friday.
  • The Bisexual will stream on Hulu sometime later this year.
  • Creeped Out is currently streaming on Netflix.

R.I.P.

Peggy McCay, Actress and longtime star of Days of Our Lives

WATCH THIS

American Horror Story: Apocalypse: “Boy Wonder” 9 p.m., FX

The Real Housewives of Dallas: “80s Ladies” 8 p.m., Bravo

Riverdale: Archie’s murder trial begins. Season premiere. 7 p.m., The CW

All American: In this new series, a high school football player from Crenshaw is recruited to play for a Beverly Hills high school. So The OC meets Friday Night Lights. Series premiere. 8 p.m., The CW

Ratpocalypse: I’m just going to copy and paste the description of this because it is AMAZING: “A U.S. senator gives a speech to the Russian government, warning them that their crooked actions will turn them into human-sized rats. Bizarrely, his vision turns into reality, and as the world fills with panic, he becomes ostracized.” Also? It stars Casper Van Dien and Catherine Oxenberg, so I mean, come on. 11:30 p.m., Showtime Beyond

Late Night: Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon: Timothee Chalamet, Amandla Stenberg, Guy Raz, Ella Mai Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jamie Lee Curtis, Rod Stewart The Daily Show: John Cena Watch What Happens Live: Lena Dunham, Maggie Gyllenhaal

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